New York police say they are trying to find a car that drove through a group of Black Lives Matter protesters blocking a street in Times Square Thursday night.
Videos posted on social media showed the car lurching through the crowd with a roaring horn as protesters screamed and scrambled out of the way.
A video posted on Twitter by a user named DataInput showed a dark limo plowing into a crowd with bicycles standing in front of the vehicle.
Gwynne Hogan, a WNYC reporter, tweeted that the crowd was “unsettled”
Nobody seemed seriously injured. The NYPD said on Twitter that the car was not a police vehicle.
The protesters gathered after seven police officers involved in Daniel Prude’s asphyxiation were suspended. Prude, 41, who was black, died after being taken off life support on March 30, seven days after officers he’d met walking the street naked and pulling a hood over his head stopping him from spitting, and then holding him down for about two minutes before he stopped breathing.
Described by a medical investigator as a “murder” caused by “complications of asphyxiation from physical restraint”, Prude’s death came into the national limelight this week when his family again called for justice.
Despite the incident with the car, the demonstrators continued their march on Thursday evening.
The Associated Press contributed to this report