Thursday, June 20, 2024

Trump Police State: CNN Reporters Arrested on Live TV by Minneapolis Police, Later Released, Governor Apologizes


In the midst of rioting and the burning down of a Minneapolis police station, CNN reporters were arrested live on the air this morning covering the scene.

The reporters, CNN correspondent Omar Jimenez, producer Bill Kirkos and photojournalist Leonel Mendez, were detained by police after clearly showing their IDs to police.

An official statement from the Minnesota State Police reads: “In the course of clearing the streets and restoring order at Lake Street and Snelling Avenue, four people were arrested by State Patrol troopers, including three members of a CNN crew. The three were released once they were confirmed to be members of the media.”

CNN responded on Twitter: “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.”

Jimenez, after his release, reported live outside from downtown and said he’d been treated cordially after he’d been led away. “We’re doing OK, now. There were a few uneasy moments there,” Jimenez said.

Watch below. Don’t think for a minute this was a “mistake.” This is Trump’s police state. It was intentional and it’s just the beginning. We have cities on fire, we have 100 thousand people dead from a pandemic, the economy is falling apart. and we have an insane president who is breaking the law and inciting violence.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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