Minnesota State Police issued a statement about their arrest of CNN reporter Omar Jimenez -- and got instantly fact-checked.
Jimenez and his live crew were arrested while broadcasting Friday morning from Minneapolis, where protests erupted into violence over the police killing of George Floyd, but State Police insisted troopers did not know they were journalists.
"In the course of clearing the streets and restoring order at Lake Street and Snelling Avenue, four people were arrested by State Patrol troopers, including three members of a CNN crew," said the State Police. "The three were released once they were confirmed to be members of the media."
In the course of clearing the streets and restoring order at Lake Street and Snelling Avenue, four people were arre… https://t.co/McGQ2VJIRy— MN State Patrol (@MN State Patrol)1590753619.0
But viewers called them out for inaccurately describing the situation.
@MnDPS_MSP We all saw it live. This is not an accurate depiction of what occurred.— Midwin Charles, Esq. (@Midwin Charles, Esq.)1590754362.0
@MnDPS_MSP Bullshit. They identified themselves as media before the arrest, your officers didn’t give a shit.— snack lord (@snack lord)1590753709.0
@MnDPS_MSP Get bent, we saw what happened.— JJ in NH (@JJ in NH)1590753863.0
@MnDPS_MSP They confirmed they were members of the media before they were arrested. Your tweet is a lie. The entire… https://t.co/g34mUmX7mi— Carter Gaddis (@Carter Gaddis)1590754197.0
@MnDPS_MSP They identified themselves and their credentials at the time. Maybe you have a problem in your ranks.— The Holocron (@The Holocron)1590753713.0
@MnDPS_MSP That’s not even close to what happened. The world was watching. Do you not know that?— Counselor Foyle (@Counselor Foyle)1590753922.0
@MnDPS_MSP You can’t just “uh oh spaghettios!” this one guys.— evan (@evan)1590754028.0
@MnDPS_MSP you mean to tell me that we did not just witness them identify themselves multiple times as members of t… https://t.co/Xf7jj8bIOz— Beta Pup Loki (@Beta Pup Loki)1590753763.0