CNN reporter, Omar Jimenez who was arrested on live TV while covering the protests that were prompted by the death of George Floyd, has been released.
It was reported that Jimenez and his crew were arrested on air by Minnesota State Patrol even after identifying themselves and showing their press credentials.
Speaking after being released, Jimenez said the officers were “cordial” after the on-camera encounter and also told him that they were following orders but didn’t disclose who was issuing the orders.
When he asked about guidelines that his broadcast team should follow in the upcoming days of reporting, he said the officer told him “Look, I don’t know man, I’m just following orders.”
“As far as the people that were leading me away, there was no animosity there, they weren’t violent with me. We were having a conversation about just how crazy this week has been for every single part of the city.”
He also said that one thing that gave him a bit of comfort is that it was captured on live television.
The CNN reporter further said;
“Because you can have people speak up for you without you saying anything, so that gave me a bit of comfort knowing you guys saw that was happening. You don’t have to doubt my story… but it definitely was nerve racking at certain points.”
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