Video shows semi-truck driving through protesters in Minneapolis | USA News

Video shows semi-truck driving through protesters in Minneapolis | USA News

Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA – A semi-truck drove by means of a crowd of hundreds protesters who have been marching down a freeway in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on Sunday, witnesses informed Al Jazeera. 

Reside video of incident confirmed demonstrators rallying in opposition to the demise of George Floyd – an unarmed Black man who died on Monday after a white police officer knelt on his neck – working because the truck appeared to cost them. The truck then got here to a cease, and protesters start to assemble round it.


“[We] jumped over the barricade and into the grass” because the truck approached, mentioned Sydney Rubel, who witnessed the incident. 

Rubel informed Al Jazeera that she didn’t see the truck coming, however was alerted by different protesters to maneuver out of the way in which.


BREAKING- Truck strikes at full pace right into a crowd of hundreds of demonstrators #GeorgeFloyd #Minnesota @KSTP

— Brett Hoffland (@BrettHoffland) May 31, 2020

Natalie Jokinen, one other witness, informed Jazeera that she and dozens of others, amongst them kids, had been protesting peacefully when the incident happened.

“We have been all sitting down, we might hear the truck getting sooner and sooner,” Jokinen mentioned, including that she was “simply terrified”, by the occasions.

Video shows semi-truck driving through protesters in Minneapolis | USA News

Protesters look inside a truck that was pushed right into a rally in opposition to the demise of George Floyd on the I-35W bridge in Minneapolis, Minnesota [Go Nakamura/Reuters] 

In a collection of tweets, John Reinan, a reporter for the Minneapolis Star spoke to witnesses who mentioned the driving force drove the demonstrators at about 30 mph (48 kph).

“A truck got here. The horns have been blaring. It was selecting up pace. It was ploughing down the freeway into the protesters. It was probably the most terrifying factor I’ve ever seen,” Reinan tweeted, quoting a witness named Melanie Ramos.


Very disturbing actions by a truck driver on I-35W, inciting a crowd of peaceable demonstrators. The truck driver was injured & taken to a hospital with non-life threatening accidents. He’s underneath arrest. It does not seem any protesters have been hit by the truck. #MACCMN

— MnDPS_DPS (@MnDPS_DPS) May 31, 2020

The Minnesota Division of Public Security mentioned in a tweet that the actions of the driving force have been “very disturbing” and incited “a crowd of peaceable demonstrators”. 

Officers mentioned that the driving force suffered “non-life threatening accidents” and is underneath arrest. 


“It was a tanker truck stuffed with gasoline. You may odor it and listen to it sloshing round. He was coming about 30 mph. I do know at the very least one one who positively wants assist.” Dominic Kerr of Minneapolis

— John Reinan (@StribGuy) May 31, 2020

The police mentioned no accidents among the many protesters had been reported, however Reinan spoke to a witness named Dominic Kerr, who mentioned he had seen “at the very least one one who wanted assist”. 

Different witnesses informed Al Jazeera that protesters have been throwing bikes in entrance of the truck “to attempt to get it to cease”. 

Sunday’s incident happened on the sixth day of protests in Minneapolis over police brutality and Floyd’s demise. 

Protesters are demanding all 4 Minneapolis officers concerned in Floyd’s demise be charged. To this point, solely Derek Chauvin – the white officer who knelt on Floyd’s neck for practically 9 minutes whereas Floyd pleaded “I am unable to breathe” – has been arrested. On Friday, he was charged with third-degree homicide and manslaughter. 

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