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CNN crew arrested while reporting on Minneapolis protests

Photo by Shawn D. Weigel, 38th Street Photography

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota State Patrol arrested a CNN television crew as they reported on violent protests in Minneapolis following the death of George Floyd, a handcuffed black man who pleaded for air as a white police officer kneeled on his neck.

Atlanta-based CNN said that the crew, which included CNN reporter Omar Jimenez, was released later Friday morning. While live on air, Jimenez was handcuffed and led away. A producer and a photojournalist for CNN were also led away in handcuffs.

Atlanta-based CNN’s communications team said on Twitter that it was “a clear violation of their First Amendment rights.” The Minnesota State Patrol did not immediately respond to requests for comment on the arrests.


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