Watch as a CNN crew is arrested and led away during a live shot by Minneapolis police:
Now THAT is something you don’t see every day!
Here’s the blow by blow, via the transcript of the segment:
BERMAN: “Josh, stand by there for a moment, if you will. I want to quickly go back to Omar. What I want to make sure is not lost in this as we’re seeing these remarkable pictures with this law enforcement presence directly behind you, is the why. Why people have been out on the streets protesting, why this violence is taking place? There is some action behind you. Hang on.”
JIMENEZ: “Yeah. We’ve got one person being arrested here. We’ve got — yeah, we’re good. I got you. I got you. Hold on. They had us here. They had us here. We’re speaking with state patrol right now.
Give us a second, guys. We can move back to where you’d like. We can move back to where you’d like here. We are live on the air at the moment. This is the four of us. We’re one team. Just put us back where you want us.
We’re getting out of your way. Just let us know. Wherever you want us, we will go. We’re just getting out of your way when you were advancing through the intersection. Just let us know and we’ve got you.
This is the scene here playing out in Minneapolis. This is part of the advanced police presence that we saw come over the course of really minutes when the local police showed up at the fire department or with the fire department, I should say, on the building we showed you that was burning.
This is among the state patrol unit that was advancing up the street scattering the protesters at that point for people to clear the area. So we walked away. I’m sorry?”
OFFICER: “You’re now under arrest.”
JIMENEZ: “Okay. Do you mind telling me why I’m under arrest, sir? Why am I under arrest, sir?”
BERMAN: “That is an American television reporter, Omar Jimenez, being led away by police officers. He clearly identified himself as a reporter. He was respectfully explaining to the state police that our CNN team was there and moving away as they would request and then for some reason he was just taken in to police custody live on television. I’m sorry. I did not mean to interrupt you, Alisyn. I just wanted to hear, listen to see if we could hear more from the officers, the state police as this is going on.”
CAMEROTA: “Yeah. We’re trying to see what’s going to happen, John, obviously to the rest of —“
UNKNOWN: “We were just out here reporting the closure of the streets. Omar was just arrested. I believe they’re about to — we’re all about to be arrested. That’s our producer.”
CAMEROTA: “Our CNN producer is being —“
UNKNOWN: “I’m told we’re going to be taken in a minute.”
CAMEROTA: “Our CNN camera crew and our producer are being arrested right now on live television in handcuffs.”
BERMAN: “I’ve never seen anything like this, Alisyn.”
UNKNOWN: “Why are you arresting us? We are just passing along the message, your message. We’re doing our job as well as you are.”
OFFICER: “You’re under arrest. Hands behind your back.”
UNKNOWN: “Okay. I’m being arrested now? Can I put the camera down?”
CAMEROTA: “If you’re just tuning in, this is our camera crew, our CNN camera crew being arrested by the Minneapolis state police, we believe. The camera is now on the ground because our cameraman has been handcuffed.
Our correspondent, Omar Jimenez was also led away in handcuffs as was his producer. They were standing where they were told to stand previously by police. They were out of the way. We don’t know why they’re being arrested.
They’re not being given any explanation as far as we can hear for why they’re being arrested.
We don’t know why they’re being handcuffed and led away. They are allowed to be reporting on the unrest that’s happening right now. But for some reason the state police have decided that they need to be under arrest.”
BERMAN: “Just to be clear, Alisyn, having been in the middle of protests, I’ve never seen anything like this. The camera is being walked away now. I don’t know if the camera is still in the hands of our photojournalists or whether the police officer.
This is the police carrying our camera right now. Frankly, not aware that it’s still rolling. We’ve been listening in and our team there has not been given any explanation for why they have been taken into custody.
I want to be clear, if you were watching what Omar was saying, he was explaining what had hand over the last few hours and how law enforcement was arriving on the scene and how they had dispersed the crowd largely and how for the first time there was order in the scene. Nevertheless, taken into custody. Our camera now on the ground, still rolling, still capturing these live images.
We’re going to keep on listening to this camera. Josh Campbell, who I believe is not yet under arrest, hang on one second. All right. The police are now saying they’re being arrested because they were told to move and didn’t.
Now, we were on the air the whole time. Lionel, our photographer, who still has communications with us tells us because they were told to move and didn’t. Our team was respectful to the law enforcement presence as it moved through the area.
Again, we continue to take in these live pictures. I want to stay on this picture if I can. Josh Campbell, another CNN correspondent is on a different part of the scene, not under arrest yet, I don’t think.
Josh, if you’re there, do you have any explanation as someone who worked in law enforcement in the past, why they would take reporters into custody for doing their job?”
CAMPBELL: “No, John. It’s surreal. I can tell you where I am, Nero March, folks — when you show up, you identify yourself to the police. That happened. Obviously, they knew these were correspond depts.
I told a police officer, I’m with the media. Okay. You’re allowed to be here and allowed to be in the section. I was moving around. He said don’t get near this fire. But that communication happens all the time.
It’s unbelievable to think that once our correspondents identified themselves, they knew seeing a camera crew, it’s not one person that does a live shot.
You have a whole team with you. They knew what they were dealing with. A lot of unanswered questions right there. We’re going to need more information from the police as to what occurred.”