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A car drove against Black Lives Matter protesters in Times Square and met several people on foot and by bicycle.
Several demonstrators captured the chaotic scene that happened around 5:17 p.m. ET.
A video posted on Twitter by a user named DataInput shows a dark limousine honking its horn several times before plowing its way into a crowd standing in front of the vehicle. The car jerks through an intersection and leaves a chorus of screaming people.
Minutes later, WNYC reporter Gwynne Hogan said the crowd was “unsettled” but “most people got out of the way”.
At least one person claims to have been injured in the attack.
The protest is still ongoing despite heavy rain and hundreds of protesters intend to proceed as planned.
Despite a car driving through the crowd in Times Square, the march continues as planned. About 400 protesters march on 8th Ave. North. You have just passed the 46th St. pic.twitter.com/OR2qgrYZ2B
– NYC Protest Updates 2020 (@protest_nyc) September 4, 2020
New Yorkers flocked to the city streets Thursday night after police officers posted body cam footage showing police officers in Rochester, NY handcuffing Daniel Prude, covering his head with a hood known as a “spit sock.” known, and then hit the ground until he passed out.
Prude, who is black and has a mental illness, died of suffocation a week later.
The officers answered a call from Prude’s brother who was concerned about the safety of his siblings.
The incident, which occurred in March, sparked another round of protests against Black Lives Matter across the country. And on Thursday, the Mayor of Rochester, NY, ordered the immediate suspension of the seven officials involved in Prude’s death.
The von Prude family demands that the officers be dismissed and charged with murder.
In New York City, a group of protesters against Black Lives Matter and those wearing MAGA gear confronted groups that shouted the name of Daniel Prude along with the names of several other black victims who have died by police.
Hogan reports that protesters have “de-escalated” the situation between themselves and pro-Trump supporters who have appeared to counter the protest.
This is a developing story. Some things reported by the media will later turn out to be wrong. We will focus on reports from officials and other agencies, credible news outlets and reporters who are on the ground. We will update as soon as the situation develops.