CNN reporter, Omar Jimenez who was arrested on live TV while covering protests over George Floyd’s death spoken out after his release.
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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released. CNN's Josh Campell, who was also in the area but not standing with the on-air crew, said he, too, was approached by police, but was allowed to remain. . . "I identified myself … they said, 'OK, you're permitted to be in the area,'" recounted Campbell, who is white. "I was treated much differently than (Jimenez) was."