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During the arrest the anchor can be heard saying, "If youre just tuning in, you are watching our correspondent being arrested".

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It wasn't immediately clear why Jimenez was arrested. He had offered to move to wherever officers asked him to. Josh Campbell, a CNN reporter who is white and also covering the protests, was a block away at the time and was not arrested.

The State Patrol claimed the crew was arrested and then released once it was confirmed they were media. Jimenez is heard on the video saying the four were a team, including a security guard CNN had hired, and that they were live on air.

CNN called the State Patrol statement inaccurate.

Protesters gather in front of the burning 3rd Precinct building of the Minneapolis Police Department.Credit:AP

President Donald Trump has said the federal government will assume control of the situation if it's not contained. “These THUGS are dishonoring the memory of George Floyd and I won't let that happen,” he tweeted. He added the phrase “when the looting starts, the shooting starts.”

The quote was said by former Miami Police Chief Walter Headley during a December 1967 news conference at a time that city was undergoing racial disturbances, according to The Washington Post.

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Twitter then put a warning label on the tweet, saying it was “glorifying violence,” escalating the feud between the social media company and Trump, one of its highest-profile users. Trump has called on Congress to remove the liability shield that US tech giants have, potentially exposing them to a flood of lawsuits.

Trump repeatedly criticises CNN, though his campaign criticised the arrests on Friday. The mayor and governor “have completely lost control in Minneapolis in a catastrophic display of failed leadership,” Trump's campaign tweeted. “The city is on fire & they outrageously arrested a CNN crew.”

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