Detroit Police Car Drives Through Crowd of Black Lives Matter Protesters

A police car in Detroit was seen driving through a crowd of protesters during a demonstration amid the ongoing Black Lives Matter movement. The scene was caught on video and shared on social media.

The protest began at Patton Park at around 4 p.m. local time Sunday. Some demonstrators, who the Detroit Police Department referred to as "agitators," jumped onto the hood and roof of the police SUV as the march headed toward Clark Park at around 9:30 p.m. local time, The Detroit News reports.

Dozens of protesters were reported to have surrounded the SUV and a rear back window was "busted out," according to the Detroit Police Department. "The officer [in the car] tried to escape," the police noted.

In a video shared by Twitter user @DJEazyTwist, who says they were among the crowd of protesters, the car is seen accelerating while people are in front of the SUV, including some who jumped onto the vehicle.

"Detroit Police Department drove into 10-12 protesters including myself. Multiple people are going to the hospital. #NoJusticeNoPeace #detroitpolice #GeorgeFloyd #BreonnaTayor #PoliceBrutality," wrote @DJEazyTwist.

One protester could be seen sliding off the vehicle as the car moved forward, while another was nearly run over by the front wheel of the car. At least one other protester could be seen on top of the moving vehicle as it accelerated down the road, with other protesters chasing and screaming after it.

Detroit Police Department drove into 10-12 protesters including myself. Multiple people are going to the hospital. #NoJusticeNoPeace #detroitpolice #GeorgeFloyd #BreonnaTayor #PoliceBrutality

— Activist Ethan Lucas (@DJEazyTwist) June 29, 2020

"I got hit by a damn cop car today for walking," wrote @bscorpiio.

"The #DETROITWILLBREATHE family and myself getting hit by a cop car while trying to protect fellow protesters, @bscorpiio added in another post.

User @marcKlock wrote: "#PoliceBrutality as DPD plows through tons of protestors, roughly 3-5 injured includings leaders from @DETWILLBREATHE Please spread this far and wide!"

In another video of the incident shared by @SydJones6, one person was heard saying "They're [police] trying to run 'em over."

User @SydJones6 wrote: "DETROIT POLICE RUNNING OVER PEACEFUL PROTESTERS. RT to show awareness."

It is unknown whether there were any injuries following the incident. Newsweek has contacted the Detroit Police Department for a comment and more information.


— 🦋𝒮𝓎𝒹🦋 (@SydJones6) June 29, 2020

The incident follows weeks of protests across the globe since the killing of George Floyd, a 46-year-old Black man who died shortly after being pinned to the ground with a knee to his neck during an arrest made by the Minneapolis Police Department.

The officers involved in the incident have since been charged over Floyd's death, which reignited the Black Lives Matter movement in a renewed outcry against police brutality and racism.

Earlier this month, police in Milwaukee were seen throwing tear gas at protesters chanting "we are peaceful" in a viral video shared on social media. Around 100 officers were reported to be at the scene. The police were heard shouting "Move back" before tear gas was thrown towards protesters.

George Floyd protest, Detroit, Michigan, May 2020
Protesters surround a Detroit police car after a demonstrator was arrested during a protest in Detroit, Michigan on May 29,2020. Getty Images