Police SUV rides protesters on the hood: Department doesn't know who to punish demonstrators or officer
The raging crowd that surrounded the police SUV during a protest in Detroit did not expect resistance from frightened officers, but to everyone’s surprise, the driver of the multi-ton car accelerated several times, trying to shake off the demonstrators who climbed onto the hood.
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
Naturally, major media outlets dubbed the protest “peaceful,” and began to accuse the police of cruelty, although the video shows that it was the protesters who provoked the incident.
According to the police, the patrols were placed on the way of the protesters, who were heading to Patton Park to join the rally organized there, but at one point the crowd started shouting “No justice! No peace! ” and attack the police car.
The officer who was driving “tried to escape,” the Detroit police department said in the statement to Detroit News.
According to Detroit Police spokeswoman Sgt. Nicole Kirkwood, all circumstances of the case are currently under investigation, including an attack on a police officer and whether the actions of the policeman were acceptable. The identity of the officer was not disclosed.