Not even CNN safe from Minneapolis police


This 29 May 2020 video from the USA says about itself:

Police arrest CNN correspondent Omar Jimenez and crew on live television

CNN’s Omar Jimenez was taken into police custody during a live broadcast at the site of the protests in Minneapolis, after clearly identifying himself to officers. Jimenez’s crew were also placed in handcuffs.

So, apparently, not even an establishment medium like CNN is safe from United States police denial of press freedom.

It reminds me of Ferguson, Missouri, USA after the police killing of Michael Brown. Police then attacked and arrested not just peaceful protesters; but mainstream media journalists as well.

This 29 May 2020 video about the USA says about itself:

CNN Reporter Omar Jimenez ARRESTED Live on Air Covering Minneapolis Protests

Earlier this morning, CNN reporter Omar Jimenez and his crew were arrested while covering the protests in Minneapolis, Minnesota. This is unacceptable, not only because people have a right to peacefully assemble, but because the arrest of journalists is a direct attack on democracy, freedom, and accountability for the powerful.

It should also be noted that Omar Jimenez is a black man, making his arrest even more questionable as white journalists haven’t been treated like this. Given that these events were sparked by the passing of George Floyd, this makes it all the more troubling

Minneapolis demonstrators

Talking about Minneapolis …

This 28 May 2020 video about the USA says about itself:

Amy Klobuchar FAILED to prosecute Derek Chauvin, cop who took George Floyd’s Life

We have an emerging story from Mintpress News and the Guardian that Amy Klobuchar, when she was a prosecutor in Minneapolis and Minnesota, failed to prosecute Derek Chauvin, cop who took George Floyd’s Life. As reported by the Guardian, Klobuchar systematically failed to hold police officers to account when they had interactions with black citizens. This included at least one incident from Derek Chauvin in 2006.

This should end Amy Klobuchar’s career, and should end her consideration to be Joe Biden‘s running mate for Vice President in 2020. She cannot be seen as a champion for justice and equality for black Americans.

This 29 May 2020 video about the USA says about itself:

The Far Right Wants To Turn Minnesota Into A War Zone

As Americans rise up against police terror, the far right has a horrible plan that could backfire on all of us…

Thom Hartmann reveals the white supremacist plans for to use the unrest in Minnesota after George Floyd’s murder by a police officer was caught on tape, sparking massive outrage.

Will the protesters be able to get justice for George Floyd or will this right-wing plan disrupt them and our democracy?

Demonstrators

Protests rage across US over George Floyd’s death as Trump threatens ‘thugs’ with further state violence: here.

9 thoughts on “Not even CNN safe from Minneapolis police

  1. This week, we’ve seen how yet another unwarranted and unjust killing of a Black man by a white police officer has provoked deep outrage. After watching Minneapolis resident George Floyd plead that he couldn’t breathe as he was slowly choked to death by a white police officer, who pinned Mr. Floyd to the ground by driving his knee into his neck for eight minutes, people flooded the streets of Minneapolis, as well as several other cities.

    Protesters are calling for justice for Mr. Floyd and an end to the pattern of violence committed by law enforcement officials that has resulted in the loss of countless Black lives.

    Instead of providing protection, the Minneapolis Police Department (MPD) assaulted protesters with rubber bullets, tear gas, and flash-bang grenades. We cannot allow these threats to safety and the First Amendment to continue.

    We are calling on Minneapolis city officials to ensure the safety of protestors and the Minneapolis community in this time of unrest. Will you stand with us in this fight? ADD YOUR NAME >>

    http://org2.salsalabs.com/o/6857/p/dia/action4/common/public/?action_KEY=27063

    It was just a couple of weeks ago that mobs of unruly protesters, many carrying automatic weapons, some carrying signs calling for the overthrow of the government, occupied and blocked access to government buildings in several state capitals to protest social distancing and other rules in connection with the COVID-19 pandemic. In those instances, police officers stood by and did nothing. Those protesters were overwhelmingly white.

    But in Minneapolis, majority-Black protesters were torn apart by police-initiated violence. Lola, it’s well past time to acknowledge that unfortunately there are two Americas right now, and well past time to take action to change that situation.

    We can succeed, but only if we all stand together. We must make it clear that people all across the country are outraged by ongoing police violence, and stand in unison to say, “No more!” Please add your voice to that call.

    The militarized response of the MPD that we have seen for the past three nights is deeply disturbing. Officers in layers of protective clothing, carrying shields, are turning their weapons on unarmed, unprotected citizens — the very citizens that those officers have sworn to protect.

    At the request of the mayor of Minneapolis, Minnesota’s governor declared a state of emergency and approved deployment of the Minnesota National Guard — just days after videos surfaced of two different guardsmen using racist epithets.

    The President’s tweet and deploying a paramilitary force on the streets of an American city will only escalate tensions there. Authorities should be promoting peace, not following up their violent acts with the threat of even greater violence.

    We have to ensure that peaceful protestors are able to engage in this constitutionally protected activity without putting their safety at risk. We must demand that any response to isolated incidents of unrest is measured and within the bounds of the law.

    It is up to elected officials and the MPD to de-escalate rather than escalate the current tension in the city. They need to do it now, before more innocent people are injured or killed.

    Lola, help us make Minneapolis city officials understand, in no uncertain terms, that the police force is supposed to protect all the city’s citizens, especially those exercising their constitutional right to free speech. ADD YOUR NAME >>

    With you in solidarity,
    Sherrilyn A. Ifill
    President and Director-Counsel

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