Black Jeep Cherokee rams into a man who tried to hold onto the car’s hood during a ‘Black Lives Matter’ demonstration seeking justice for George Floyd in Denver on Thursday
Protests in Denver over the death of George Floyd, a Black man who died in police custody in Minneapolis, grew violent on Thursday after a driver appeared to target a demonstrator with their car and an unknown person fired a gun several times near those gathered outside the Colorado Capitol.
In the shocking footage shows Black Lives Matter protesters in Denver get out of the way of a black Jeep Grand Cherokee as it careened through the group. The car starts to drive off before it appears to suddenly swerve into a protester.
The footage opens with the SUV plowing through the throng of the ‘Justice 4 George Floyd’ protesters in Denver, Colorado on Thursday
One protester cab seen perched on the hood of the moving SUV
The man can be seen jumping off the hood of the moving vehicle
The man then jumps off the hood attempting to run away
The driver then swerves and guns for the man who jumped off his hood
No one was injured in the shooting, but Denver resident Annabel Escobar, who was at the protest uploaded the disturbing video on twitter on Thursday afternoon of demonstrators walking toward the Statehouse after reports of the gunshots subsided.
During a tense moment, a man can be seen jumping on the hood of a moving car, which then speeds away with him on the vehicle.
The driver then appears to swerve toward the man after he falls off the car, then speeds away.
Escobar told The Washington Post she spoke with the man and said he was not seriously injured. She said the police had been notified, but it’s unclear if they had found the driver.
BAM! The black Jeep Cherokee rams the fleeing man from behind. It was reported that no one was seriously injured
The SUV races away chased by riled protesters
“I was absolutely shocked by video evidence of a motorist attempting to run over a protester,” Polis wrote on Twitter.
“Coloradans are better than this. I share the immense anguish we all feel about the unjust murder of George Floyd. But let me be clear, senseless violence will never be healed by more violence.”
The protests on Thursday involved clashes with police as authorities fired tear gas and pepper spray into the crowd.
Denver Police Department officials said there were no reports of injuries or damage following the shooting, and police did not have anyone in custody.
In other reports, six or seven shots were fired shortly after 5:30 p.m. local time, but it was unclear where they came from, the Denver Post stated.
State Rep. Leslie Herod, who was outside the Statehouse during the shooting, said the scene was “tense” immediately after the event. Footage shared on social media shows demonstrators running from the area.
The family of the victim, George Floyd [L-R], have called for the cops to be charged with murder as their attorney revealed that officer Derek Chauvin knelt on Floyd’s neck for a staggering eight minutes during Monday’s arrest
The four officers including Derek Chauvin [left], Tou Thao [right], have been fired from MPD. The fact that no one has been charged is brewing civil unrest across the country
The demonstrations in Denver add to growing national outrage over the death of Floyd, who died in police custody after a white officer knelt on his neck.
Protests erupted in Minneapolis on Thursday night for the third day and a police station was set on fire as demonstrators clashed with authorities. The Minneapolis National Guard had been activated and said 500 troops were on their way to the region to help quell the growing unrest.
While the four police officers involved in the arrest and subsequent killing of George Floyd were fired from the Minneapolis Police Department after Floyd’s death this week, no has been arrested. Charges have not been either angering members of Floyd’s family who are calling for the men to be charged for murder.
Minneapolis mayor Jacob Frey has been among those calling for his city’s police department to bring charges against the alleged killers.
A cross section of the public have also called for charges to be filed, as the perceived inertia is driving the rash of protests across the country.