WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- An SUV of the Detroit Police Department plowed into a crowd of protesters and demonstrators as it tried to leave the scene.
- Police blocked demonstrators from moving to Patton Park but ended up causing chaos to the peaceful march.
- According to the Police Department’s spokesperson, the police car was trying to leave the area after the car’s window was smashed.
The Detroit Police department is now investigating why and how a police SUV rammed into a crowd of protesters.
As numerous videos on social media show, the Police SUV was surrounded and appeared to be blocked by protesters when its machine revved up and hit some of the protesters. Two demonstrators went flying off the hood with several scrambling for safety while others screamed in shock.
With the police vehicle speeding away, the incident turned what was once a peaceful march with demonstrators chanting “No justice, No Peace” into a scene of chaos.
Jae Bass, 24, one of the men who went off the hood, told the Detroit Free Press that the police were blocking the protesters from moving into Patton Park. The crowd surrounded the vehicle to protect the protesters.
Bass added that “In response to that, he just floored it.” He went super fast. Me and a couple of other organizers that were with me, just went flinging off. We went flying off. He ran over a couple people’s arms, feet. He ran over her phone.”
His companion was brought to the hospital.
In a Twitter post, one protester wrote that multiple people went to the hospital.
A Detroit Police Department spokeswoman told reporters that the officer was only trying to leave the scene after his vehicle’s rear window was smashed.
The clash left the protesters reeling from a police vehicle casualty.