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George Floyd protests: Police arrest black CNN reporter Omar Jimenez live on air

Footage broadcast live on CNN showed armed officers handcuffing reporter Omar Jimenez as he was detained with his producer and camera operator while covering protests over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis

A CNN crew was arrested on live TV by a riot squad while covering the protests over the police death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

Footage shows CNN correspondent Omar Jimenez being handcuffed by two officers as he reports live from the scene.

Two members of the production team were also detained. Chaos fell on Minneapolis, Minnesota this week after footage emerged of Mr Floyd gasping for air as Derek Chauvin pinned him to the floor and knelt on his neck.

Minnesota governor Tim Walz has apologised to CNN for this morning’s arrests and said he is working to get the crew members released.

CNN’s Josh Campell, who was in the area but not standing with the on-air crew, said he was also approached by police but was allowed to remain where he was.

Campell, who is white, said: ‘I identified myself … they said, ‘OK, you’re permitted to be in the area.’ I was treated much differently than (Jimenez) was.’

Jimenez is standing away from the crowds providing an update on demonstrations that have erupted in cities across America when he is approached by two police officers who put him in handcuffs.

Jimenez could be seen holding his CNN badge while reporting, identifying himself as a reporter and telling the officers the crew would move wherever they needed them to.

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