Car Plows Into Boston Protesters, Runs Over Several People in Video

A video has emerged showing a car drive into a crowd of people in Boston during protests over the death of Minneapolis man George Floyd.

The footage was captured live during a WCVB broadcast of the protests which began peacefully in the city before turning violent on Sunday night.

WCVB reporter Peter Eliopoulos described his shock live on air as the SUV appears to purposely drive into the crowd on Tremont Street.

"Several people just got hit…the front windshield was shattered," Eliopoulos said. "That's what we were afraid of earlier with all these people on the street and the streets are wide open now to cars."

In a follow up tweet, Eliopoulos added: "I saw at least 2 people get hit, one hung onto the hood down the street. "A witness says he thinks four or five people in total were hit. No word on if that driver is in custody or if there were serious injuries."

Boston Police have been contacted for comment.

WCVB video shows SUV colliding with protesters in #Boston street. @petereliopoulos was reporting live @OnWCVB at the time. #BREAKING #BostonProtests https://t.co/Cmm1RPHxY7 pic.twitter.com/rR24y5Sctf

— WCVB-TV Boston (@WCVB) June 1, 2020

Boston is one of a number of cities to have seen major protests over the apparent death of Floyd while he was being arrested by Minneapolis Police.

Floyd, an unarmed black man, died after a white police officer placed his knee on his neck for several minutes. The incident was caught on video and the 46-year-old could be heard saying, "I can't breathe."

The officer in question, Derek Chauvin, has since been charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter.

Rioting and looting broke out across Boston on Sunday following a day of demonstrations, with at least one police vehicle set on fire and bottles and other missiles thrown at officers. A Massachusetts National Guard unit was brought in to help control the disorder at around 11 p.m.

In a statement, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh said the violence seen in the city may have come from people who traveled from other areas to purposely cause destruction.

"I want to thank the protestors who exercised their right to free speech effectively and peacefully, making sure everyone hears their message. Tonight's protests were motivated by a righteous desire for equality, justice, and accountability in our country. I see you. I hear you. I will use my voice for you," Walsh said in a statement.

"I am angered, however, by the people who came into our city and chose to engage in acts of destruction and violence, undermining their message. If we are to achieve change and if we are to lead the change, our efforts must be rooted in peace and regard for our community."

A similar sentiment condemning the violence was also expressed by Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker.

"The murder of George Floyd at the hands of police was a horrible tragedy—one of countless tragedies to befall people of color across the United States. The vast majority of protesters today did so peacefully, toward a common goal of promoting justice and equality," Baker said.

"I am deeply thankful for their voices and their positive, forceful message. I also want to express my gratitude to all the police officers and other first responders working to protect the people of Boston from the individuals whose violent actions, looting and property destruction was criminal and cowardly—and distracted from the powerful statement made today by thousands of Massachusetts residents."

Boston Police said that those who were still on the streets after the peaceful protests ended and were attempting to harm officers had "surrendered the moral high ground."

"We say again, the time for protesting is over," the force tweeted. "The peaceful protest ended hours ago. Individuals now congregating and committing crimes in Boston need to vacate the area and leave our city."

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Protesters hold up their hands as they face police after a demonstration over the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who died in Minneapolis Police custody, in Boston, Massachusetts on May 31, 2020 JOSEPH PREZIOSO/AFP/Getty