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CNN team released after being arrested on live TV

CNN journalist Omar Jimenez. Photo:CNN

CNN correspondent Omar Jimenez and his crew have been released from police custody.

Jimenez, along with producer Bill Kirkos and photojournalist Leonel Mendez, were arrested shortly after 6 a.m. ET live on CNN air, while reporting on the protests in Minneapolis.

The team was released from the Hennepin County Public Safety facility in downtown Minneapolis just a few minutes ago. 

Meanwhile, CNN president Jeff Zucker spoke with the governor of Minnesota, Tim Walz on Friday morning, following the arrest of CNN’s team in Minneapolis,

Walz said he “deeply apologizes” for what happened and is working to have the CNN team released immediately.

Walz described the arrests as “unacceptable,” said CNN’s team clearly has the right to be there, and said he wants the media to be in Minnesota to cover the protests.

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