Amid the raging Minneapolis riots, US President Donald Trump has assured Minnesota Governor Tim Walz that he is ready to send in the military in the event that local authorities are unable to bring the city under control.
People on social media have been sharing photos and videos of CNN reporter Omar Jimenez being arrested by Minnesota state police during a live broadcast – supposedly without explanation.
According to one Twitter user, the cameraman and producer of Jimenez’s team have been arrested as well. The crew was covering the ongoing protests and riots in Minneapolis in the wake of the death of George Floyd at the hands of local police.
CNN reporter @OmarJimenez just got arrested by Minnesota state police live on @NewDay with no explanation. This is the most extraordinary moment of TV news I’ve ever seen. The camera man and producer are now being arrested. pic.twitter.com/fLb4f29yzX
— Tyson Whelan (@tyson_whelan) May 29, 2020
— KellieMc (@KellieMcDougald) May 29, 2020
Earlier in the day, multiple shots were heard outside the Colorado State Capitol in Denver as protesters gathered in the nearby area for a solidarity demonstration to express their indignation at Floyd’s killing.
The incidents come amid days of riots in Minnesota, following the death of 46-year-old George Floyd. The man died in custody on Monday after being tackled and pinned to the ground by police.
One of the four officers involved held a knee to the neck of the man, whose close-to-last words were “I can’t breathe”. The police were responding to a call from a local grocery store where Floyd had allegedly tried to pay with a counterfeit $20 bill.