- The Washington Times - Friday, May 29, 2020

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz apologized Friday to CNN President Jeff Zucker after several CNN crew members, including reporter Omar Jimenez, were arrested during a live broadcast in Minneapolis.

Mr. Jimenez and his camera crew were released from custody Friday morning after being arrested on live television while covering the Minneapolis riots spurred from the police custody death of George Floyd.

CNN’s John Berman reported from the studio that Mr. Walz, a Democrat, had called Mr. Zucker to personally apologize for the arrests shortly before they were released.

“We do have some breaking news on the situation involving the CNN reporting team,” Mr. Berman said. “CNN President Jeff Zucker just spoke with the governor of Minnesota, Tim Walz, who says he deeply apologizes for what happened. He is working to have the CNN team released immediately.

“It was totally unacceptable and totally inadvertent what happened,” Mr. Berman quoted the governor as saying. “They clearly had the right to be there, the CNN team. We want the media there to cover this. It is never acceptable for this to happen. The governor accepts full responsibility.”

Mr. Jimenez later discussed his experience on CNN, saying he was thankful the cameras were rolling during his arrest.

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