The shocking video shows a protester being hit by a car that sped through a Black Lives Matter demonstration in Rochester, New York – while drivers used pepper spray to crowd the crowd on a weekend of riot over the police death covered Daniel Prude.
Footage from early Saturday shows protesters surrounding a line of cars that stopped in front of some of the hundreds that took to the streets on the fourth night of the anti-cop protests since police bodycam footage of the death was disruptive in March of the 41-year-old Prude showed up.
The first car slowly comes through as a group protester is filmed while others knock on the hood.
Then a red car follows ̵
“You could hear people screaming and the corpses … you could hear a car hitting corpses,” a 30-year-old Rochester American named Riley told the Democrat and the Chronicle.
The 24-year-old Donald Martell told the newspaper that he was “incapacitated” by what witnesses referred to as pepper spray.
At least one of the drivers called the Rochester Police Department to file a criminal complaint, a spokesman for the newspaper said. However, no complaints have been filed that the car hit anyone, police said.
A crowd was filmed gathering around the demonstrator, although it was not immediately clear how severe the injuries were.
Other footage showed protesters hiding under umbrellas on Saturday night as numerous explosions went off and the air filled with thick smoke as police fired tear gas and pepperballs.
“What the hell is that?” One man asks about the ongoing lightning strikes while others hear coughing from the fumes.
“Absolutely crazy and unnecessary,” said Alexis Sklair of the scenes in her video.
Rochester Police Chief La’Ron Singletary defended his officers’ response to the protests on Sunday.
“Our response was measured. We have shown restraint, ”he emphasized at a press conference.