Update: Derek Chavin has finally been arrested.
News re the murder of George Floyd: The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension has taken former Police Officer Derek Chauvin into custody— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) May 29, 2020
No charging decision has been made yet.
A Black CNN reporter, Omar Jimenez, was arrested by police this morning in Minneapolis while covering the protests in the wake of George Floyd’s death. The arrest was caught on camera, and as is evident, Jimenez gave officers absolutely no reason to arrest him.
Minnesota State Police arresting CNN's @OmarJimenez and crew live on TV on @NewDay for reporting on the protests. Police say they were arrested because they were told to move and didn't. Omar was completely respectful and cooperative, ans asked the police where to do the report. pic.twitter.com/HPVtvQ59Xo— Sam Fernando (@Sujayanth) May 29, 2020
Nearby, a white CNN journalist, Josh Campbell, was not only not arrested, but was “treated 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.”
Context: Omar Jiminez, who calmly cooperated with police, was arrested. Derek Chauvin, the police officer who “allegedly” murdered George Floyd on camera, has still not been arrested, despite video evidence, a history of violence, and numerous complaints filed against him.
The Politics — In the wake of the protests in Minneapolis, the President has encouraged violence against protestors, which earning him a warning from Twitter. Joe Biden, meanwhile, has weighed in against Trump’s tweets.
Enough.— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) May 29, 2020
I will not lift the President’s tweet. I will not give him that amplification. But he is calling for violence against American citizens during a moment of pain for so many. I’m furious, and you should be too.— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) May 29, 2020
Related: Amy Klobuchar — who has been vetted as a potential VP nominee — declined to prosecute two dozen officer-involved fatalities that occurred during her time as a prosecutor in Minnesota. That revelation should rule her out as a potential VP nominee.
Re Trump’s “shooting” tweet?— Amy Klobuchar (@amyklobuchar) May 29, 2020
Our community is hurting. Hurting for justice & charges for George Floyd.
Vandalism must stop. But we need systemic reform. Like a full scale DOJ pattern/practice investigation of Mpls. Police like I’ve called for.
So much better than a tweet.
Update: Omar Jiminez has been released and is reporting again from Minnesota.
And we’re back pic.twitter.com/dkYHYxe0u7— Omar Jimenez (@OmarJimenez) May 29, 2020
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