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CNN crew arrested, later released while reporting on Minneapolis protests

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The Minnesota State Patrol arrested a CNN television crew as they reported on violent protests in Minneapolis following the death of George Floyd, a handcuffed black man who pleaded for air as a white police officer kneeled on his neck.

Atlanta-based CNN said that the crew, which included CNN reporter Omar Jimenez, was released later Friday morning.

While live on air, Jimenez was handcuffed and led away. A producer and a photojournalist for CNN were also led away in handcuffs.

Atlanta-based CNN's communications team said on Twitter that it was "a clear violation of their First Amendment rights."

The Minnesota State Patrol later sent out this tweet.

Associated Press

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