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A CNN journalist, together with three other crew members were arrested on Friday morning while reporting live from Minneapolis in the US.

The incident follows protests after the death of black native George Floyd who was assaulted by police prior to his death.

Reporter Omar Jimenez, his producer and his photojournalist were arrested shortly after 5 a.m. CT (6 a.m. ET) as Jimenez was reporting live from a street south of downtown, near where a police precinct building was earlier set ablaze.

With the camera rolling and scene live on TV, reporter Jimenez could be seen holding his CNN badge while reporting, identifying himself as a reporter, and telling the officers the crew would move wherever officers needed them to.
An officer gripped his arm as Jimenez talked, then put him in handcuffs.
“We can move back to where you like. We are live on air here. … Put us back where you want us. We are getting out of your way — wherever you want us (we’ll) get out of your way,” the reporter said as he was being carried away.
A CNN producer and camera operator were handled in the same manner without being told their offence.

The crew was however reported to have been released about an hour later after the incident occured.

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