As Omar and his team then explained the situation around them to the live audience watching on CNN, the reporter was arrested and taken away. "I identified myself [to police], I told them who I was with, and they said, 'OK, you're permitted to be in this area...' Again, the police knew who our crew was [and] who they consisted of". He then continues his report while two officers hold him by the arms and tell him: "You are under arrest".
"OK, do you mind telling me why I'm under arrest?"
Officers gave no explanation as they escorted CNN reporter Omar Jimenez, a producer and camera operator away.
CNN decried the arrest of Jimenez and his camera crew as "a clear violation of their First Amendment rights" as journalists, and demanded the employees' immediate release.
Jimenez and the television crew were released after CNN's Jeff Zucker spoke with Minnesota Governor Tim Walz.
Jimenez said the crew had been standing on a street for about an hour and a half before police activity kicked up.
But the police officer told him: "Look I dunno man, I'm just following orders".
Jimenez was arrested during a live report after another night of rioting and looting in the wake of the death of George Floyd. "Omar identified himself very politely, and yet they still... made that arrest".
CNN confirmed that Jimenez and his team had been released by 6:45 a.m. local time.
After the CNNphotojournalist was detained, his camera was set on the ground and continued to transmit live images.
The incidents come amid days of riots in Minnesota, following the death of 46-year-old George Floyd.
"I've never seen anything like this", CNN anchor John Berman, who watched the events unfold in real time back in the studio, said. "Earlier this morning when this mission was carried out under my direction to re-secure the third precinct ... a CNN reporter was - crew - was arrested by the state patrol".
With the riots spreading to several other cities and President Trump calling protesters "thugs" on Twitter, athletes are continuing to use their platform to educate people about how racism affects black people and people of color everywhere, and to show solidarity with those who experience that racism every day. Twitter of late has applied warning labels to some of Trump's missives, but has not taken steps to formally block him from the platform.