Several injured after car plows into anti-racism protest in New York

2020-12-14 18:22:55
Several injured after car plows into anti-racism protest in New York

At least six people were injured after a car drove into an anti-racism protest in New York City on Friday, the New York City police department said.

Footage posted on social media showed a car accelerating into people carrying signs during a protest sponsored by the racial justice group Black Lives Matter.

Witnesses told reporters that the protest march was passing through the intersection of 39th Street and Third Avenue when the car drove into the crowd.

New York Police Department officials told local media outlets that the protesters had surrounded the car while tapping and pounding on it. The driver sped off in a panic, striking several of the protesters.

There were 40-50 protesters in the area at the time of the incident.

The driver, a female, and one passenger were stopped by police near the scene and are being questioned.

No arrests have been made, police said, adding that the injured have been taken to hospitals and none of the injuries are life-threatening.

The protest is the latest demonstrations against systemic racism, police brutality and racist government policies in the US that began in late spring after the killing of George Floyd by white police.

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