Not one but two vehicles collided with protesters on Thursday night in Los Angeles who were standing up against the Kentucky grand jury decision not to charge officiers who brutally killed Breonna Taylor, Abc News reported.
The LAPD is are aware of an incident in Hollywood involving several vehicles and a large group of protestors. Here is the information we can verify at this time. pic.twitter.com/ttqpnziVo8
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Around 300 protesters gathered on Sunset Boulevard, according to Los Angeles Police Department.
A truck drove through the group of protesters in Hollywood on Thursday night, striking at least one person as it sped through the crowd, according to the police and news footage from the scene. Moments later a second vehicle hit a car participating in the same protest as it tried to leave the area, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.
The injured protester was taken to a hospital in unknown condition, but the video shows the driver driving over her body.
Reports on social media claim protesters surrounded the truck and hit it with sticks, before the driver accelerated and ran over the protesters.
However, Christian Monterrosa a freelance journalist said it was clear that the truck aggrivated the situation.
“I would say the truck instigated the incident, definitely,” Monterrosa said.
Demonstrators had gathered at 7 p.m. at Hollywood Forever Cemetery before marching through the streets of Hollywood, LA Times reported.
Video footage posted to Twitter and YouTube shows, a dark-colored pickup truck accelerate into the protesters, striking one directly and hurtling the person backwards.
Police later tracked the driver down and questioned him. However, Fox News reports that the unidentified male driver was later released by cops.
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Only approximately 10 minutes later a white Prius tried to drive through a group of demonstrators who had gathered in an intersection, according to the LAPD. Video footage from KCAL-TV Channel 9’s chopper, Sky9, shows the car crash between the Prius and another vehicle.
“It wasn’t traveling at a fast speed — it was inching forward, trying to get past, and that upset people,” said Monterrosa, the photojournalist.
People in the crowd began striking the car’s windows and doors, the news footage shows. After the Prius cleared the crowd of people, the Prius speeds past a red light with a black pickup truck with people sitting in the bed and a green Mustang, accelerating ahead of the Prius. The truck then pulls to a stop attempting to block it. A man then gets out of the truck and appeared to try to pull the driver out of the Prius according to the video.
The Prius reverses and then collides with a green Mustang convertible, which was associated with the protest, according to the LAPD. A person then gets out of the convertible and begins striking the Prius with a flagpole, the video depicts, while another person arrived on a skateboard, which he uses to smash the Prius’ windshield. The driver then leaves the scene driving off but was detained a few blocks away by the LAPD. No one was injured in the incident, according to police.
Ironically, another man Benjamin Hung, 28, was charged in California yesterday with one count of conspiracy to transport firearms and making a false statement in the acquisition of firearms, after he drove his pickup truck into a crowd of protesters earlier this year, according to a criminal complaint filed this week in U.S. District Court for Central California, Yahoo News reported.
The news agency reports that Hung was practicing in his family’s vineyard and using it as a “training camp” to prepare for “civil disorders,” for the attack.
This marks the second night of protests in support of justice for Breonna Taylor a medical professional who was wrongly killed in Louisville, Kentucky by police in March, during a no-knock raid gone horribly wrong. The officers were investigating a suspected drug operation linked to Taylor’s ex-boyfriend. No drugs were found in the apartment.
Protests have fueled nationwide in reaction to Wednesday’s verdict, which failed to indict any of the three officers — Sgt Jonathan Mattingly and Detective Myles Cosgrove and Brett Hankison — for the killing of the 26-year-old Black woman in her own home. Taylor was shot five times, but despite this no charges were brought against the offending officers.
Following the decision to not charge any officers involved in Taylor’s murder two officers were shot in Kentucky by an unknown gunman as Anewspost reported.