Driver runs over man at George Floyd demonstration in Denverby Joshua Rhett Miller
A driver in Denver appeared to intentionally hit a man protesting the death of George Floyd during a demonstration, disturbing video shows.
Cellphone video posted to Twitter late Thursday shows a man atop a honking SUV as it drove through a crowd of demonstrators in downtown Denver days after Floyd died Monday in Minneapolis, setting off protests across the country.
“Some girl turn around to run this guy over,” one witness tweeted.
A man is hanging onto the vehicle as the footage begins, with dozens of protesters standing nearby. The man appears to jump off the moving SUV before stumbling to regain his footing as the driver appeared to circle back to strike him, video shows.
“Head’s up!” one bystander screams.
The vehicle’s right front tire runs over the man before he quickly gets back onto his feet, and it’s unclear if he was seriously hurt. Dozens of other protesters then start chasing after car as it speeds off, video shows.
The man who was intentionally struck was not on the hood of the car before the female driver started moving, according to the woman who shot the footage.
“He jumped up because she wouldn’t stop accelerating towards the people surrounding the car,” the woman wrote, adding the woman’s apparent claim that it was illegal to jaywalk and block traffic.
The protesters were trying to hold a peaceful demonstration, she said.
“Everyone had walked away from the car and she purposely turned around and ran him over,” she wrote in another tweet.
The incident occurred on Broadway near Colfax Avenue, KUSA reports.
Colorado Gov. Jared Polis said he was “absolutely shocked” by the footage.
“Tonight is a very sad night for our state,” Polis said in a statement late Thursday. “While we are still uncovering all of the facts, a protest regarding the killing of George Floyd devolved into vandalism and violence, and I was absolutely shocked by video evidence of a motorist attempting to run over a protestor.”
Polis’ statement continued: “I share the immense anguish about the unjust murder of George Floyd. But let me be clear, senseless violence will never be healed by more violence.”