Authorities said a Tacoma, Washington, police officer threw his car into the crowd on Saturday night, sending at least one person to the hospital. The incident was captured in video that was widely shared on social media.
Later, protesters gathered at the intersection where it occurred, CBS Seattle affiliate KIRO-TV reported.
A woman present at the scene told KRO-TV, “I was shocked, I was shaken, I was confused. This officer was just running this group of people and then ran away from the scene.” “I want justice for those who just got injured.”
According to police, around 6:20 pm, officers were responding to runners on the road. On reaching there, there was a crowd of about 100 people at the scene. Officers were cleaning the intersection of the people, and a police vehicle was allegedly surrounded by a crowd.
Takoma police said, “People threw stones at the police vehicle and its windows as the officer was stopped on the road.” “The officer, fearing for his safety, tried to go back, but was unable to do so due to the crowd.”
The video posted on Twitter shows a man under a police SUV as it drove away. Other videos posted on Twitter showed a car performing donuts before police arrived. After being shown by officers, a police vehicle began to drive into the crowd and hit several people before driving.
At least one person was rushed to a nearby hospital. The person’s condition is unknown.
“Filmed one of the videos, Corey Lay,” people shouting at the police, shouting at the police, and then the car overturned and went full speed into the crowd. “
The Tyoma Police Department has turned the investigation over to the Pierce County force investigation team, according to KIRO-TV.
Interim Police Chief Mike AK said in a statement that he was “concerned that our department is making another use of the deadly force incident.”