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Early Friday morning in the Democrat city of Minneapolis in the Democrat state of Minnesota, a CNN reporter and his live camera crew were arrested while covering the aftermath of Thursday evening’s horrifyingly violent riots.
“The crew, including correspondent Omar Jimenez, were handcuffed and detained as Jimenez gave a live report on a Minneapolis street shortly after 5 a.m. CT (6 a.m. ET),” CNN reported.
“Police told the crew they were being detained because they were told to move, and didn’t, one member of the CNN crew relayed to the network.”
The arrest occurred as Jimenez was filing a report with John Berman and Alisyn Camerota of “New Day.”
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Of course, being as CNN is CNN, the network tried to exploit Jimenez’s arrest by stoking racial division.
“A black reporter from CNN was arrested while legally covering the protests in Minneapolis. A white reporter also on the ground was not,” CNN tweeted.
But as noted by several conservatives, members of Jimenez’s camera crew were white. Moreover, the “white reporter also on the ground” in Minneapolis wasn’t in the immediate vicinity where the arrests occurred.
The white camera crew were arrested too but CNN — hoping to stoke raging racial tensions — doesn’t tell you that. https://t.co/Ay9k4ukHEE
— Raheem Kassam (@RaheemKassam) May 29, 2020
This is such deceptive bullshit from CNN
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) May 29, 2020
Nevertheless, this false narrative was echoed by a litany of blue checkmark “Resistance” members, some of whom were eager to blame the arrest of a CNN reporter in a Democrat city in a Democrat state on President Donald Trump.
Look (*Language warning):
This is what happens when @realDonaldTrump incites & justifies racism- White reporter @CNN JoshCampbell wasn’t arrested but black reporter @OmarJimenez was on live TV, meanwhile killers of #GeorgeFloyd remain free #Minneapolisprotests #BlackLivesMatter pic.twitter.com/iDqOdHvT3r
— Aamer Anwar🎗✊🏽 (@AamerAnwar) May 29, 2020
there are two cnn reporters in minneapolis. see if you can guess which one just got arrested. pic.twitter.com/JAsmNT1GDx
— Oliver Willis (@owillis) May 29, 2020
The Minneapolis State Police just straight up ARRESTED CNN’s Omar Jimenez @OmarJimenez on live TV. He was literally complying. On camera. The white reporter was not arrested. He reported throughout the entire thing.
This is fucking insane. IN. SANE.
— Holly Figueroa O’Reilly (@AynRandPaulRyan) May 29, 2020
The CNN crew has now been released, but what a shocking event! Apparently CNN reporter Josh Campbell doing similar work was not arrested … but then, he’s white 😕 https://t.co/b5lUUrWpgR
— Deborah Hyde (@jourdemayne) May 29, 2020
Despite the left’s predictable attempt to capitalize on Jimenez’s arrest, even conservatives generally agreed that his arrest was wrong and shouldn’t have occurred.
“Utter madness. Looters & arsonists allowed to run riot but a journalist is led away in handcuffs for reporting on the mayhem,” conservative commentator Rita Panahi noted.
Others concurred, including former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee.
“I think CNN is a joke as a ‘news’ source but why on God’s earth would cops arrest reporters acting respectfully and NOT arresting people burning stores, looting, and assaulting people? Have MN leaders lost their way and their minds?” he tweeted.
I think CNN is a joke as a “news” source but why on God’s earth would cops arrest reporters acting respectfully and NOT arresting people burning stores, looting, and assaulting people? Have MN leaders lost their way and their minds? https://t.co/HpHf3LNvEK
— Gov. Mike Huckabee (@GovMikeHuckabee) May 29, 2020
I don’t like CNN either but this is totally unconstitutional! The reporter was doing his job, why did police have to arrest him?
— Judith Weeks (@Towngirl31) May 29, 2020
Yes Minnesota politicians and leaders have lost their mind along time ago in the city and state
— Aharon (@18Israeli) May 29, 2020
Democrat city with Democrat governor, democrat mayor, police chief picked by democrats.
— Mandy Collesano (@MandyCollesano) May 29, 2020
I hate CNN but this is straight out wrong, from everything I’ve seen of it.
— Fisherman Murph🐟 (@FishermanMurph) May 29, 2020
I think we are all stunned seeing this unfold…the legal team are fighting for his release
— Rob Parry (@PazzaDons2012) May 29, 2020
“A CNN reporter and his production team were arrested this morning in Minneapolis for doing their jobs, despite identifying themselves — a clear violation of their First Amendment rights. The authorities in Minnesota, including the Governor, must release the three CNN employees immediately,” CNN said in a statement following the arrest.
Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz agreed. When contacted by CNN, he said he “deeply apologizes” for what happened and confirmed that he was working to secure Jimenez’s release. Shortly thereafter, the CNN correspondent was finally released.
Watch the video below to hear his side of the story:
— CNN (@CNN) May 29, 2020
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