AceShowbiz - Minnesota Governor Tim Walz has apologised to CNN boss Jeff Zucker after newsman Omar Jimenez was arrested for covering protests in Minneapolis on Friday morning, May 29, 2020.
Jimenez and his crew have now been released from police custody after their arrest live on air during a broadcast, and the CNN reporter quickly returned to TV to assure viewers he was fine.
"They weren't violent with me," he explains. "We were having conversations about how crazy this week has been for every single part of the city. A lot of these people are on edge."
"The one thing that gave me a little bit of comfort was that it happened on live TV."
Jimenez and his crew were reporting on the ongoing violence in the city following the death of George Floyd, who was captured on camera struggling to breathe as a Minnesota cop kneeled on his neck during an arrest on Monday, May 25, 2020.
"I was living what was happening," the CNN regular adds, "and the country was seeing what was happening unfold in real time right before their eyes. You don't have to doubt my story, it's not filtered in any sort of way, that gave me a little bit of comfort."
Walz has spoken directly to CNN president Jeff Zucker to take full responsibility for the newsman's arrest.
"It was totally unacceptable and inadvertent what happened...," he said, according to CNN. "They clearly had the right to be there, we want the media to cover this (protests), it is never acceptable for this to happen."