The Detroit Police Department has launched an investigation after one of its cruisers was caught on video plowing through a crowd of protesters that had surrounded it, sending demonstrators tumbling off the vehicle’s hood.
The shocking incident unfolded late Sunday following a rally in the area against police brutality, deportations and other issues, according to the Detroit Free Press.
“He went super fast. Me and a couple of other organizers that were with me, just went flinging off. We went flying off,” Jae Bass, a 24-year-old who claimed to be one of the men seen thrown to the ground in the video, told the newspaper.
“He ran over a couple people's arms, feet,” Bass added. “I think I was the last person on the car. I was just holding onto the car. I could feel him speeding up and then... he flinged (sic) me off the car."
Video of the incident, which has been posted to Facebook and has gone viral, begins with a crowd surrounding the vehicle while chanting, “No justice, no peace!”
As one demonstrator leans on the hood of the SUV – which has its sirens blaring – other protesters move in.
The police cruiser then inches forward before its driver accelerates rapidly, sending some of those on the hood tumbling to the ground.
The SUV then accelerates and brakes multiple times to clear the remaining protesters out of the way. One man is seen clinging onto the cruiser as it races down the street, while repeated screams of, “Oh my God!” can be heard coming from the demonstrators.
The video ends with the protesters running after the vehicle.... (Read more)
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