UPDATE (May 29, 2020 at 7:43 a.m.): CNN has confirmed that Omar Jimenez and his production crew were released from custody at 7:43 a.m. Minneapolis authorities claim that they were arrested as authorities were “clearing the streets” and “restoring order,” but were ultimately “released once they were confirmed to be members of the media.” However, CNN has refuted those claims as they have footage of Jimenez and the production crew identifying themselves live on television.
This is not accurate – our CNN crew identified themselves, on live television, immediately as journalists. We thank Minnesota @GovTimWalz for his swift action this morning to aid in the release of our crew. https://t.co/3cvtsqbbWz
— CNN Communications (@CNNPR) May 29, 2020
STORY (May 29, 2020 at 6:32 a.m.): The center of American public frustration continues to rest in Minneapolis, Minnesota following the killing of George Floyd. Over night, demonstrators continued their uprising by lighting the city’s third precinct on fire. In addition, demonstrators continued to make their way through the streets until the early hours of the morning. In response, the city called for the assistance of the National Guard. Streets seemingly have cleared out as the sun rises. However, another story has developed amid the chaos.
CNN Correspondent Oscar Jimenez was arrested while reporting on the events taking place across the city. Jimenez was seemingly approached by officers before being asked to vacate the area they occupied. Jimenez and company appeared to have agreed to move before an officer took Jimenez and his producer in to custody. It is unclear what crimes were committed to warrant the arrest.
More details will be added to this story as it develops.