CNN reporter cursed out live on air while covering Minneapolis protests: ‘Y’all be twisting up the story.’


MINNEAPOLIS, MN – While a CNN correspondent was reporting live during the evening of April 12th over in Minneapolis, where protests and riots were actively transpiring, the correspondent found themselves getting berated and cursed out by someone alleging that the media’s presence was not helping the active situation.

In the wake of the fatal police shooting of Daunte Wright that happened on April 11th in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, CNN correspondent Sara Sidner was providing live coverage at approximately 9:45 p.m. in Minneapolis where unrest permeated the streets.

As CNN correspondent Sidner was engaging in the run of the mill news commentary while affording live shots for audiences viewing at home, she was approached by an unidentified man that felt as though her and other news outlet’s presence was adding fuel to the proverbial fire:

“Now you can see y’all be twisting up the story.”

The correspondent acknowledged the man as he mentioned the above, with Sidner offering the man an opportunity to speak with her. Sidner responded to the unidentified man, asking:

“Tell me what you think about what’s going on here?”

The individual unloaded in a brief venting of frustration, saying:

“What I think about is this, is all the press and all the extra shit y’all do makes this worse.”

The unidentified man also pointed out that the actions of protesters and rioters outside of the police station and the courthouse aren’t ideal either but reiterated that the reporters should “get up out of here with all that twisting up the media ass shit.”

The CNN Reporter took to Twitter later on that same evening of the interaction with the gentleman in Minneapolis, writing the following:

“I’m not going anywhere. I love Minneapolis, it’s surrounding suburbs including [Brooklyn Center], and it’s people.  I get that people are mad. It’s normal. I take no offense. Emotions are understandably high after the killing of [Daunte Wright].”

In a follow up tweet, the morning after the interaction with the man, Sidner pointed out that these sorts of interactions happen to her off camera quite frequently:

“These interactions happen to me OFF camera regularly. I’m used to it. It just so happened this was on live TV. I also have interactions [with] people all the time who thank us for being here and telling their truth. It is okay to question us.”

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In recent reports related to the ongoings in and around Brooklyn Center, the BCPD chief recently resigned not long after a rather heated exchange during a press briefing regarding the fatal officer-involved shooting of Daunte Wright. 

Here’s that previous report. 


BROOKLYN CENTER, MI – Embattled Brooklyn Center Police Chief Tim Gannon has resigned from his position as of Tuesday, April 13, following the resignation of former Officer Kim Potter.

During a press conference Monday, he was verbally attacked regarding the violence that erupted in the city following Potter’s apparent accidental shooting of Daunte Wright by an officer on Sunday night.

Chief Gannon was called out for calling the violence a “riot.”

Brooklyn Center Mayor Mike Elliott, who had already fired the city manager for saying former Officer Potter deserved due process, announced Potter and Gannon’s resignations Tuesday.

Over 500 protesters attacked police headquarters and looted dozens of businesses in the city, and in nearby Minneapolis, following the killing of the 20-year-old during a traffic stop. Officials and video, which was released on Monday, indicated Potter accidentally pulled her firearm thinking it was her Taser.

The officer can be heard on body camera video saying, “taser, taser, taser” before the shot was fired that killed Wright. Afterward, she can be heard in a distressed voice saying that she shot the man.

A reporter asked then-Chief at the press conference why he issued an order to disperse the crowd of “peacefully protesting” people in front of police headquarters.

Gannon said that the protesters were not peaceful, but rioting:

“Just so everyone’s clear. I was front and center at the protest, at the riot.”

A group of people in front of the Chief started shouting at the Chief as he tried to continue speaking. One woman said, “It was not a riot.”

It was unclear if the people shouting were the media or activists attending the presser.

Gannon responded that the situation was a riot:

“The officers who were putting themselves in harm’s way were being pelted with frozen cans of pop. They were being pelted with concrete blocks. And yes, we had our helmets on, and we had other protective gear, but yes an officer was injured, hit in the head with a brick.

“That was a Hennepin County Deputy. He was transported to the hospital, so we had to make decisions. We had to disperse the crowd because we cannot allow our officers to be harmed.”

Gannon added that protesters had plenty of time to vacate the area to avoid confrontation when ordered by police to do so. Gannon issued a dispersal order to the crowd around 10 p.m. and allowed the protesters ten minutes to leave the area before police reacted.

“Plenty of time was given to disperse. Once we got pelted, we responded in kind.”

When asked if he would give the same order given a second chance, he said he would:

“If we hadn’t moved people on, I don’t know what would’ve happened and I don’t know what would’ve reformed.

“We are going to have our officers lined up to protect this building, to protect this city the best we can.”

Gannon is not only under attack by the media for his actions to quell the riot: Before his resignation Tuesday, the Brooklyn Center City Council voted on Monday to recommend his termination.

The recommendation was sent to the acting city manager for action. As stated above, the City Manager was fired Monday after saying former Officer Potter would receive “due process” for the shooting.

The council also voted to ban police from using crowd control tactics such as rubber bullets and tear gas while battling the riotous crowd.

The rioting resulted in damage to the police headquarters, two police vehicles, and about 20 businesses were totally destroyed.

The Minnesota National Guard and state police had to assist police gain control of the city.

Please check back with Law Enforcement Today for developments on this situation. 


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