On live television this morning on New Day, CNN correspondent Omar Jimnenez was arrested while filing a report. Shortly thereafter, Jimenez’s producer, Bill Kirkos, and cameraman, Leonel Mendez, were subsequently arrested as well during a live shot on New Day.
Jimenez can be heard saying “wherever you want us we will go. We’re getting out of your way when you were advancing through the intersection. Let us know and we’ve got you.”
He then began his report before being placed under arrest: “I’m sorry? Do you mind telling me why I’m under arrest, sir? Why am I under arrest, sir?” Jimenez asked.
Anchor John Berman then read an official CNN statement, “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’s legal team is currently investigating the situation.
A little over an hour and a half later, Jimenez was released, and Gov. Tim Walz told CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker, “I will publicly address what happened this morning and apologize to the crew. You are essential to our democracy and your ability to report must be unhindered.”