A man is facing multiple charges after police say he tried to drive his truck into a group of peaceful protesters in on Saturday night.
William Day is facing reckless endangerment and reckless driving after Memphis Police say he drove his truck towards a crowd of protesters blocking the intersection of Cooper and Madison around 9:30 p.m.
The protesters were gathering to voice concerns surrounding the racial discrimination allegations against Flight Ownership Group who just opened the new location of Porch and Parlor in Overton Square, reports WREG-TV.
Protester L.J. Abraham organized the demonstration and was on scene when the man driving the truck would not stop for the protesters.
“He only stopped when the police directed him to reverse and drive back,” Abraham said. “So, he reversed and drove back and he came to a stop by Memphis Pizza Cafe.”
Abraham says a woman was in the truck with the man, encouraging him to stop.
He says about a dozen people were physically touched by the truck but the Memphis Police Department says no one was hurt.
Day is scheduled to appear in court on Monday morning.
Moments ago…protesters blocked a truck from traveling on Madison Ave. Someone on the street started throwing punches at the driver. Afterwards a security officer seemed to be advising the truck to back back up the street, which he did. @LocalMemphis pic.twitter.com/EiESX56fAu
— Rebecca Butcher 🦋 (@Local24Rebecca) June 14, 2020