A shocking video filmed Sunday night in Detroit shows a police SUV plowing through a group of peaceful protesters, sending people flying from the hood of the vehicle.
The video, posted on Twitter by protester Ethan Ketner, shows a protest group surrounding the vehicle before it accelerates. The SUV hits several people and some protesters, who had climbed into the police car, are sent spinning as the driver accelerates. Spectators can be heard yelling and telling the officer to stop.
Ketner wrote: “The Detroit Police Department has just passed through a group of our protesters … I and 10-12 others were beaten by this reckless driver who somehow has a badge.” The protester wrote that “several people” were injured, but there is no official information on the number of people who have been injured.
Another of the protesters was Jae Bass, 24, who told the Detroit Free press: “It just knocked him down… It was super fast. Me and a couple of other organizers who were with me just flew off. We flew off. He ran over the arms, the feet of a couple of people.
Bass claimed that police were trying to prevent protesters from returning to Patton Park, where a demonstration had taken place earlier that day. When the protesters approached the SUV, they surrounded the vehicle and chanted “No justice! No peace!” To the policeman. Bass said some protesters climbed onto the hood of the car in an attempt to prevent it from moving and injuring the group.
In a statement to the Detroit NewsThe Detroit Police Department said the unidentified driver was trying to leave the scene after the vehicle’s rear window was “busted.” The department said, “The officer tried to escape.”
Detroit Police spokeswoman Sgt. Nicole Kirkwood confirmed to the Free Press On Sunday night, the department is investigating the actions of both the protesters and the officer behind the wheel.
Early Sunday, protesters gathered peacefully in Patton Park to demonstrate against systemic racism and police brutality.