White truck driver speeds into crowd of George Floyd protesters in Minneapolis
London, June 1, 2020 (AltAfrica)-A white truck driver drove into protesters on interstate highway 35 West in Minneapolis, but none of the marchers were injured, according to a Reuters Witness.
Very disturbing actions by a truck driver on I-35W, inciting a crowd of peaceful demonstrators. The truck driver was injured & taken to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries. He is under arrest. It doesn’t appear any protesters were hit by the truck. #MACCMN— MnDPS_DPS (@MnDPS_DPS) May 31, 2020
The driver then got out of the truck and was beaten by protesters, the Reuters witness said.
A MASSIVE SEMI TRUCK JUST DROVE INTO OUR BLACK LIVES MATTER PROTEST ON THE HIGHWAY pic.twitter.com/par9hA0s2c— rin (@rinokeo) May 31, 2020
Footage shows a tanker truck approaching the throng of protesters at a high speed, as protesters frantically try to avoid being hit. The truck slowly stops and is then surrounded by protesters who pull open both the driver and passenger doors. The State Police said there was no immediate word of injuries.
The crowd was part of a protest group marching against the death of George Floyd, and demonstrators had taken position to take a knee on the bridge, CBS Minnesota reports. It had been a relatively peaceful protest up until that point.
The Minnesota Department of Public Safety tweeted that the truck driver had incited the crowd of peaceful protesters.
The driver was taken to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries and arrested. There were no other reported injuries.
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CBS Minnesota video footage also showed people climb atop the cab of the tanker truck after it had stopped. Police intervened into the tense situation minutes later and could be seen dispersing the crowd with a liquid.
The interstate had been closed at 5 p.m. CT and it wasn’t immediately known why the truck was on the road. Officials said they will investigate.
There have been six days of protests in Minneapolis since the death of Floyd, who was captured on video pleading for air as a police officer kneeled on his neck while he was handcuffed. Four Minneapolis officers have been fired and one, Derek Chauvin, has been charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter.
Protests have spread across the state and country, with some turning violent. For the first time since World War II, the National Guard was fully activated in response to the violence and a curfew was placed on the Twin Cities. More than 5,000 National Guard troops were deployed Saturday night in what Minnesota Governor Tim Walz described as the “most complex public safety operation in the history of our state.”