CNN security guard sues Minnesota State Patrol for arrest during protests
MINNEAPOLIS – A man who was working as a security guard for a CNN crew covering protests in Minneapolis following George Floyd’s death last summer is suing two Minnesota State Patrol officers.
The lawsuit says Michael Cooper, a retired veteran of the Illinois State Police, was jailed for nearly 20 hours on suspicion of carrying a concealed weapon without a permit and for violating the curfew.
Cooper was never charged.
The lawsuit says this was a violation of his civil rights, given that journalists were exempt from the curfew and Cooper had a press credential and a valid permit to carry a concealed firearm.