Car Drives Into Crowd During George Floyd Protest in Denver

Video has emerged showing a car appearing to purposely drive into protestors in Denver, Colorado, who were rallying against the death of George Floyd.

The footage shows a black vehicle driving through a crowd with one man hanging onto the hood. The man then falls off the car as it continues down the road but manages to briefly stay on his feet.

The car then swerves towards the male protester and knocks him to the ground.

The vehicle then drives away down the street, prompting a large crowd of protesters to attempt to chase after it.

According to Annabel Escobar, who posted the footage onto social media, the man did not get on the car until the female driver started driving toward the demonstrators.

"He jumped up because she wouldn't stop accelerating towards the people surrounding her car. 'It's illegal to jaywalk and block traffic.' It's illegal to murder an innocent human being," she tweeted.

It is unclear how seriously injured the male protester was injured during the incident. Denver Police have been contacted for comment.

Downtown denver. Some girl turned around to run this guy over #GeorgeFloyd #icantbreathe #downtowndenver #denver

— Anabel (@bellers03) May 29, 2020

Widespread protests broke out in the city following Floyd's death while being restrained by Minneapolis Police. Footage of Floyd's arrest shows one officer with his knee on his neck for several minutes while the 46-year-old cries "I can't breathe."

The officer, identified as Derek Chauvin, kept his knee on Floyd's neck even after he appeared to lose consciousness and only removed it when paramedics arrived at the scene. Chauvin, along with officers Thomas Lane, Tou Thao, and J. Alexander Kueng, have all been fired from the department in the wake of Floyd's death as public calls for them to face criminal charges continue.

Shots were fired near Denver's Capitol while similar protests were taking place. It is unclear if there were any injuries, or if the protesters were purposely targeted during the shooting.

"We do believe that the shots were towards the Capitol, but we do not at this point have any correlation to the protest or the protesters," police spokesman Kurt Barnes told The Denver Post.

Elsewhere, police fired tear gas at demonstrators in an attempt to break up protests as vehicles were vandalized near the Capitol. Traffic was also blocked as the protesters marched through downtown Denver.

Several public officials have spoken out against the disorder which broke out during the protests.

Colorado Governor Jared Polis described the violence as a "very sad night for our state."

Polis said in a statement: "While we are still uncovering all of the facts about what took place, 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.

"Coloradans are better than this. I share the immense anguish we all feel about the unjust murder of George Floyd. But let me be clear, senseless violence will never be healed by more violence.

"These are extremely difficult times for our state, country, and world. Now more than ever we need to lift each other up and do right by each other. I ask everyone to make their voice heard peacefully and to turn their anger into advocacy and action - never violence."

Murphy Robinson, Denver executive director of public safety, said: "I urge those who are protesting in Denver this evening to march in peace. Violence only feeds violence and at its worst, it has the potential to harm innocent people."

Denver Mayor Michael Hancock tweeted: "Like all of you, I am outraged at the senseless death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

"His life matters and Denver has joined the chorus of those across the country demanding change and reform and consequences. And yes, we will protest loudly and make our voices heard.

"We must not turn on one another. We must stand united. The men and women of the @DenverPolice Dept. are not the enemy. For the last three months as we have weathered the storm of this terrible pandemic, they have put their lives at great risk protecting all of us."

Protesters gather in a call for justice for George Floyd, a black man who died after a white policeman kneeled on his neck for several minutes, at Hennepin County Government Plaza, on May 28, 2020 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. A man was hit by by a car driving through a crowd of protesers in Denver. KEREM YUCEL/AFP/Getty