CNN reporter and news team was detained for a while during demonstrations in Minneapolis, USA, after George Floyd died after being detained by police. Journalists were released Friday morning. According to CNN’s report, the Governor of Minnesota apologized for what happened.
A police station was set on fire in the third night of the protests that began after the death of black black Floyd Floyd, who was lying on the floor in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with his hands cuffed, while the white police officer pressed his knee with his knee.
To watch the events, black CNN reporter Omar Jimenez on the field was handcuffed on the live broadcast and removed from the scene. A producer and photojournalist working for CNN television, headquartered in Atlanta, was also handcuffed.
“Despite introducing themselves, they were detained”
CNN’s corporate communications unit said in a statement on Twitter that “The news team was detained for doing their work despite their introduction, which is a clear violation of the rights of the U.S. Constitution.”
Minnesota State Police said in a message shared on Twitter that journalists are among the four people detained during work to evacuate the area and restore order. The statement stated that “Journalists were released after being confirmed that they were members of the media”.
— CNN (@CNN) May 29, 2020
The National Black Journalists Association condemned Jimenez’s detention. “We were relieved by the release of Omar, but we are still uncomfortable with the open violation of rights that are the backbone of journalism and are under the guarantee of the Constitution,” the statement shared on Twitter said.
CNN: “The governor apologized”
CNN President Jeff Zucker met with Minnesota Governor Tim Walz, CNN reported on his team’s detention. The report said that Governor Walz apologized for what happened and said he made an effort to immediately release the team.
It was noted that Governor Walz described the CNN team’s detention as “unacceptable” and said “the CNN team had the right to be there”.