What had been a mostly peaceful protest in Southwest Detroit took a dangerous turn late Sunday when a Detroit police officer drove his SUV through a crowd of dozens of protesters after they surrounded the vehicle and began pounding on it.
Video of the shocking scene shows the officer behind the wheel gunning the accelerator, sending protesters flying onto the pavement while others scurried out of the way as the vehicle lurched through the crowd.
At one point, the SUV is seen jerking to a stop and before speeding away with at least two protesters on the hood, throwing them to the ground a dozen yards later.
One of the men thrown from the hood is seen clutching his leg and limping after he stood up.
The other man appeared unharmed, reports The Detroit Free Press.
Detroit police said Monday that an officer who was seen on camera striking roughly a dozen protesters with a police cruiser was attempting to escape a crowd that it said had turned violent.
Detroit Police Department drove into 10-12 protesters including myself. Multiple people are going to the hospital. #NoJusticeNoPeace #detroitpolice #GeorgeFloyd #BreonnaTayor #PoliceBrutality pic.twitter.com/etj3a6ejzN
— Activist Ethan Ketner (@DJEazyTwist) June 29, 2020
A spokesperson for the Detroit Police Department told The Detroit News that the cruiser’s rear window had been “busted out” by demonstrators.
“The officer tried to escape,” the spokesperson said.
“Damage to the police cruiser as described by the department is not seen or heard in the video before the first protesters are struck by the vehicle,” reports The Hill.