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12:07 a.m. ET, May 30, 2020

Here's a timeline of the protests in Minneapolis this week

From CNN's Elise Hammond

Demonstrators gather in the street on May 29 in Minneapolis.
Demonstrators gather in the street on May 29 in Minneapolis. John Minchillo/AP

The video of George Floyd's death sparked protests in Minneapolis and several other US cities. Here is a timeline of how tensions escalated this week.

Tuesday, May 26:

  • All four officers involved in the incident were fired, but as more details came out, and the video continued to circulate, thousands gathered to protest.

Wednesday, May 27:

  • Derek Chauvin was identified as the officer who had his knee on Floyd's neck as tensions continued to escalate.
  • On Wednesday night, protests then transitioned to rioting and looting south of downtown Minneapolis, with people smashing their way into stores and setting businesses and other buildings on fire.
  • Flames lit up a building under construction, one floor eventually collapsing. At a nearby Target, video shows people taking cartloads of goods and loading them into their cars. People also raided a grocery store.

Thursday, May 28:

  • Prosecutors investigating Floyd's death asked the people of Minneapolis for patience while they looked into the case.
  • Gov. Tim Walz signed also signed an executive order on Thursday activating the Minnesota National Guard after protests and demonstrations erupted throughout the city and St. Paul.
  • Hundreds of people gathered outside the police department's Third Precinct. Some protesters brought signs and some threw rocks. A temporary fence in front of the station was knocked over. Police responded with tear gas, rubber bullets and bean bags fired at rock throwers.
  • Around 10:30 p.m. Thursday night, thousands of protesters crowded around the precinct, climbing up the building and lighting its exterior on fire.

Friday, May 29:

  • State police, donning protective gear and carrying batons, lined up near the site littered with debris and sprayed mace at protesters who got too close. Some responded by throwing projectiles at the officers as others fled.
  • John Harrington, commissioner of Minnesota's Department of Public Safety, said he is putting together a "unified command" of several different law enforcement and public safety entities to prepare for more protests today and this weekend.

12:06 a.m. ET, May 30, 2020

CNN crew covering protests released after being arrested on live television

CNN
CNN

A CNN crew was arrested while giving a live television report Friday morning in Minneapolis – and then released about an hour later – as the crew covered ongoing protests over the death of George Floyd.

State police detained CNN correspondent Omar Jimenez, his producer and his photojournalist just after 5 a.m. CT as he was reporting live from a street south of downtown, near where a police precinct building was earlier set ablaze.

Jimenez could be seen holding his CNN badge while reporting, identifying himself as a reporter, and telling the officers the crew would move wherever officers needed them to. An officer gripped his arm as Jimenez talked, then put him in handcuffs.

Reaction: Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz apologized for the arrest and said he took "full responsibility" at a news conference on Friday.

"We have got to ensure that there is a safe spot for journalism to tell the story," Walz said.

He added the incident was “unacceptable” and said the access and security of journalists is a priority to him.

"The protection and security and safety of the journalists covering this is a top priority. Not because it's a nice thing to do. Because it is a key component of how we fix this," Walz said.

A different experience: CNN's Josh Campbell, who also was in the area but not standing with the on-air crew, said he, too, was approached by police, but was allowed to remain.

"I identified myself ... they said, 'OK, you're permitted to be in the area,'" recounted Campbell, who is white. "I was treated much differently than (Jimenez) was."

Jimenez is black and Latino.

Watch the arrest unfold here.