Trump supporter's vehicle drives into crowd of protesters in NY

Sunday, 06 Sep, 2020

In New York City, a group of anti-Black Lives Matter protesters and those wearing MAGA gear confronted groups shouting Daniel Prude's name along with the names of several other Black people who have died at the hands of police.

A video posted to social media early Friday morning showed a man wearing an American-flag shirt and what appeared to be a "Make America Great Again" hat getting into the rear passenger seat of the vehicle before the auto drove into the Black Lives Matter protest in Times Square. According to police officials, no one appeared to be seriously injured, the Guardian reported.

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A spokesperson for the NYPD said the black Ford Taurus was filled with several counterprotesters, who had been told to leave the area shortly after 8 p.m.

The video shows a driver approaches the crowd of protesters, honks their horn, and speeds straight through the group.

Hundreds of demonstrators gathered in Times Square Thursday night to call for justice in the case.

Attacks by vehicles intentionally ramming into crowds of protestors have been on the rise since protests picked up steam following George Floyd's death by Minneapolis police officers in May.

After the incident, protesters claimed the vehicle was an unmarked police cruiser, which the NYPD flatly denied.

When Fox5NY asked NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea if there was a criminal activity dedicated, Shea stated, "Well, that's what we want to see as part of the investigation".

So far, no injuries or deaths have been reported, but witnesses and residents were understandably shaken by what they saw.

The demonstrators had gathered near the popular NY landmark to protest the custodial killing of African-American man Daniel Prude in Rochester earlier this year. "There are now no complainants. There's footage of officers murdering an unarmed Black man who was handcuffed with a spit bag over his head, meaning he can not attack anyone".

Authorities are now asking for the driver of the vehicle to come forward. "It was pretty terrifying", Lora Gettelfinger of Brooklyn told CBS New York.