A patrol car was trying to redirect protesters down Dix Road and away from the nearby high traffic highway but the protesters refused to listen to the police and began swarming the car. They blocked the windshield with a sign and several protesters started climbing all over the vehicle.
Then, the back glass was broken out and the officers were afraid that they were going to get shot and they drove the car through the suddenly violent protesters. It is claimed that they “hit” ten of the protesters although none sustained serious injury. Their car never topped 25 MPH.
Detroit Police Department drove into 10-12 protesters including myself. Multiple people are going to the hospital. #NoJusticeNoPeace #detroitpolice #GeorgeFloyd #BreonnaTayor #PoliceBrutality pic.twitter.com/etj3a6ejzN
— Activist Ethan Ketner (@DJEazyTwist) June 29, 2020
— Brett MacDonald (@TweetBrettMac) June 29, 2020
DETROIT POLICE ABUSED THEIR POWER AND DROVE THROUGH OUR PEACEFUL PROTEST, HITTING LEADERS OF @DETWILLBREATHE AND SIDE SWIPING MYSELF AND OTHER PROTESTORS. THIS IS VEHICULAR ASSAULT!!!! #detroitprotest pic.twitter.com/MmP4O4gr4B
— savannah (@savp2233) June 29, 2020
His description does not jive with what I saw on the video. Peaceful protesters don’t break out the back glass of a car. They don’t surround and crawl on the car. The officers were just trying to make sure they would be going home to their families that night. The officers who remain on duty have not been named.
From The Gateway Pundit
Police Chief James Craig said the officer who drove a police vehicle through a crowd of protesters Sunday night did so because the officer thought “they were being fired upon.”…
…The protest started out peacefully with about 350 people in Southwest Detroit calling for immigrant rights and an end to police brutality coming together. However, around 9:30 p.m., a police SUV tried to re-direct the march toward Dix Road and away from Vernor Highway, to avoid high amounts of traffic.
Craig said the protesters did not want to follow the direction of the police, and 20 to 30 of them began surrounding the SUV.
The officer slowly tried moving the vehicle in an effort to disperse the crowd around them. When the officer heard the shattering of the rear window, the officer drove off going 25 miles per hour, Craig said. The video shows people on the hood of the SUV and falling to the ground as the officer drove off.
No one was seriously injured, Craig said…
…A video was shown at the press conference of another police SUV being rushed as loud banging can be heard as protesters banged on a second police vehicle.
Craig said a woman blocked the second police vehicle with her motorized bike, and at one point, ran into the driver’s side of the SUV…