The CNN camera was also taken into custody and continued to record as the crew was handcuffed, with police seemingly unaware that the camera was still on.
The arrest has sparked nationwide outrage with many, including CNN, calling the act a clear violation of Oscar’s First Amendment rights.
About an hour later, Minnesota State Police took to Twitter to lie about what happened and informed everyone that Oscar and his crew were released.
The video footage shows Oscar very clearly ?displaying his CNN badge before he was restrained.
CNN journalist Josh Campbell is also on the ground in Minneapolis, not far from where CNN reporter Omar Jimenez and his team were arrested.
CNN anchor John Berman pointed out that Oscar is Black and Latino, and Josh is white.
Josh made it clear he was “treated much differently.”
“I was treated much differently than [CNN correspondent Omar Jimenez] was. I’m sitting here talking to the National Guard, talking to the police. They’re asking politely to move here and there. A couple times I’ve moved closer than they would like. They asked politely to move back. They didn’t pull out the handcuffs. Lot different here than what Omar experienced.”
Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz called the arrest unacceptable and totally inadvertent.
We hope CNN and Oscar sue the state of Minnesota for millions.