Video: Detroit police officer drives into crowd after protesters surround car

by Jordyn Pair · Jun 29th, 2020 3:27 pm

Last Updated Jun 30th, 2020 at 2:07 pm

A Detroit police officer drove into a crowd after being surrounded by protesters, according to a video posted to social media.

Video shows a Detroit Police Department SUV briefly accelerate into a crowd before being surrounded by roughly 15 people. The car then stopped, before accelerating again with people still on the hood of the car, according to a video posted to Twitter.

The incident sent multiple protesters to the hospital, according to Ethan Ketner, who posted the video.

"He went super fast. Me and a couple of other organizers that were with me, just went flinging off. We went flying off," said Jae Bass, who claims to be one of the protesters thrown from the car. "He ran over a couple people's arms, feet. He ran over her phone. I think I was the last person on the car. I was just holding onto the car. I could feel him speeding up and then he did one of these and he [flung] me off the car."

Detroit Police Chief James Craig addressed the incident in a press conference on Monday, saying the car's back window was broken, possibly with a skateboard, and that the officer believed shots had been fired.

"During our investigation the officers reported that once they heard the back window smash — it was very loud — they were not certain they were not being fired upon, so it was important for them to get out of there for their safety and certainly the safety of others," Craig said.


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