A video posted on social media over the weekend shows a Detroit Police Department vehicle driving into a crowd of protesters. The video, posted by demonstrator Ethan Ketner, shows the vehicle driving into a crowd as some climb on the front hood and others are knocked back. As the vehicle powers forward down the street, members of the crowd followed behind.
In the hours following the incident, two more videos of the incident were released from the officer’s point of view. Both dash cam videos show the vehicle approaching a crowd as it appears to surround the car.
Detroit Police Chief James Craig has indicated that there will be an investigation in to the incident. With that being said, he has come to the defense of the officers already.
Tonight Detroit police drove into a group of protesters, then, when they were stopped in the middle of the group, they hit the gas.
— Joshua Potash (@JoshuaPotash) June 29, 2020
“The officers did the right thing,” Craig told reporters.
“They certainly left the location and then after they left to avoid any further harm, the protesters then left without any further incident,” he added.
At this time, it is unclear what injuries protesters may have suffered, but Ethan Ketner tweeted that 10-12 people were taken to the hospital. The vehicle suffered a broken window, but it doesn’t appear that the officers suffered any major injuries.