Right After Minnesota Police Arrested A CNN Reporter On Air, Minneapolis Mayor Encourages Protesters To Wear A Mask While In Demonstration

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Right After Minnesota Police Arrested A CNN Reporter On Air, Minneapolis Mayor Encourages Protesters To Wear A Mask While In Demonstration.

Congresseoman Ilhan Omar Minnesota district is turning into a red zone in the wake of George Floyd’s death amid pandemic.

CNN reporter Omar Jimenez and his crew were arrested live on air this morning in Minneapolis as they was covering the riots that have erupted in that city.

CNN said in a statement: “A CNN reporter and his production team were arrested this morning in #Minneapolis for doing their jobs, despite identifying themselves – a clear violation of their First Amendment rights.” Since then, Jimenez has been released from police custody and is back on air.

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Minnesota Police Arrested A CNN Reporter On Air

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey’s city government has issued a statement that includes advice on how George Floyd protesters should “exercise caution.”

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“We need to offer radical love and compassion that we all have in us,” Frey said. “I believe in this city and I know that you do to.” “The City encourages everyone to exercise caution to stay safe while participating in demonstrations, including wearing masks and physical distancing as much as possible to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The City has made hundreds of masks available to protesters this week.” 

Video footage of protests in Minnesota shows many are not wearing masks and clearly massive groups are not practicing the “physical distancing” recommended by Frey.

Frey tweeted Wednesday:

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If most people, particularly people of color, had done what a police officer did late Monday, they’d already be behind bars. That’s why today I’m calling on Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman to charge the arresting officer in this case.

There are precedents and protocols sitting in the reserves of institutions like this one that will give you about a thousand reasons not to do something. To not speak out. To not move so quickly.

But we can’t turn a blind eye. George Floyd deserves justice. The Black community deserves justice. His friends and family deserve Justice.

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