Minnesota Police Arrest Reporter Omar Jimenez To Double Down On Fact That Black Lives Still Don’t Matter To Them

In the middle of a live transmission during the Minneapolis protests, Minnesota police arrested a CNN correspondent for apparently no reason.

American television reporter Omar Jimenez clearly identified himself as a reporter and respectfully explained that the news team would follow the directions of police. In the middle of his report, he was detained by police without explanation, leaving the viewers and everyone else stunned.

Why else would they do it other than to prove a point? To show people of color that the accused murderers of George Floyd and so many others are still in charge and nothing that has transpired over the past few days will stop them from being aggressive, unreasonable, and violent towards people of color.

Jimenez isn’t new to the business. He worked at WBALTV as a reporter from July 2015 through June 2017.

The fact that the white reporter who was also on the ground wasn’t arrested is a clear message to Black America.

CNN released a statement, calling the Minnesota PD’s actions a clear violation of Jimenez’s rights. Producer Bill Kirkos and photojournalist Leonel Mendez — were also taken to the city’s downtown public safety building, but were released after 6 a.m. CT.  They were collateral damage. The statement was already made with the arrest of Jimenez during a live interview. A power a flex police department resistant to change would make. 

The Governor of Minnesota apologized for the incident, but all it does is highlight the disconnect between leadership in Minnesota and the police department which has functioned as a separate gang for years. The city’s Police Department has received many excessive force complaints, especially by black residents.

Arresting the Black man is par for the course and the Minnesota police’s arrest of Jimenez was a harsh and visual reminder that they still run the city, don’t respect Black folk and a confrontation of larger proportions is on the horizon.


JR Gamble joined The Shadow League in 2012. The General Manager of Content & Social Media is in his 25th year of covering sports and culture professionally. He has covered a wide variety of major sports and entertainment topics across different mediums, including radio, newspapers, magazines and national TV. His passion is baseball, the culturing of baseball and preserving and documenting the historically-impactful accomplishments and contributions of African-Americans in baseball.