On Friday morning, the Minnesota State Patrol received retaliation for its statement on Twitter right after the arrest of a CNN reporter.
CNN’s “New Day” correspondent Omar Jimenez was arrested at the scene of a riot for the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.
Omar Jimenez’s arrest was captured in the middle of a live broadcast.
“In the course of clearing the streets and restoring order at Lake Street and Snelling Avenue, four people were arrested by State Patrol troopers, including three members of a CNN crew,” the state patrol tweeted following the incident. “The three were released once they were confirmed to be members of the media.”
Omar Jimenez was heard on live broadcast explaining to the police that his crew could move to whichever place necessary and said numerous times that would all leave the place. 3 crew members were promptly released. The Minnesota State Patrol received social media backlash for their statement afterward.
“This is not accurate — our CNN crew identified themselves, on live television, immediately as journalists,” CNN tweeted last Friday. “We thank Minnesota @GovTimWalz for his swift action this morning to aid in the release of our crew.”
The governor discussed with the CNN president Jeff Zucker concerning the incident. The governor claimed that the incident was “totally unacceptable and inadvertent,” CNN reported live.
“If this is the statement when everyone can see the truth live on CNN for themselves, what happens when the camera is off?” Laura Jarrett claimed. Numerous CNN reporters criticized the state patrol’s claim regarding the arrest as well.
The Hill’s program co-host, Saagar Enjeti, branded the statement “bullshit.”
Jeff Zeleny, a CNN Washington correspondent, stated: “outrageous and patently not true.” Jeff Zeleny recommended they appropriate the remarks “to restore even a shred of credibility to the patrol.”
Charlotte Clymer, a writer, stated: “Omar Jimenez identified himself as a journalist with CNN to you folks while reporting live, who are you kidding?”
Matthew Dowd, ABC chief political analyst, composed claimed: “This isn’t true.” As well as Keith Boykin, commentator indicated out that the whole incident had transpired on a live broadcast.
“You don’t get to invent alternative facts,” Boykin included.
The Minnesota State Patrol tweet remains on the internet as this article is published. The Minnesota State Patrol has yet to provide further information on Twitter.