According to CNN, at 5:09 a.m. local time, Omar Jimenezwas reporting live on an arrest happening near a city police department precinct that protestors had burned and cops had abandoned overnight. Another fire was burning at a different, four-story building that housed restaurants about a block away. Jimenez was positioned in front of a long line of cops in riot gear.
Jimenez was eventually released along with his crew and by 6:37 a.m. they were back on the air to report on the incident. Jimenez said that despite the ludicrous incident, he was happy people got to witness what was happening.
CNN blasted the arrest of Jimenez and his crew as a “violation of their First Amendment rights.”