Video Shows Driver With 'Lyft' Decal Pushing Colorado Protesters With Car

A Lyft driver in Denver pushed a protester with his vehicle while driving past the Colorado State Capitol Building on Tuesday.

The incident was captured on video by Twitter user @oie_moi, who shared the video with local station KDVR and other news outlets in the area.

In the video, a male protester wearing a mask can be seen leaning over the hood of a Subaru SUV sporting a Lyft decal on its front windshield. As the vehicle slowly inches forward, a few other protesters walk beside the SUV and try to convince the driver to stop.

"I can't even work," the driver can be heard saying after he comes to a halt.

"If he hadn't have been in the road, there wouldn't have been a problem," the driver can be heard in the video saying of the protester.

George Floyd Memorial in Denver
Chalk portraits of Breonna Taylor (L) and George Floyd (R) are seen in front of the Colorado State Capitol in Denver, Colorado on June 6, 2020, during a protest over the death of George Floyd. On Tuesday, a Twitter user captured video of a Lyft driver pushing a protester with his vehicle near the State Capitol. Jason Connolly/AFP via Getty Images

Moments later, the driver is seen reversing and trying to drive around the protesters, who quickly step back in front of the vehicle. The driver pushes the protester forward with his car once more, honks his horn and finally drives away after the protester steps aside.

The protester did not appear to be injured in the incident.

This just happened in front of the Denver Capitol. I missed the part where he ran over a bike and pushed protestors. Luckily no one was hurt. @uber @lyft #DenverProtest

— pet nat socialist (K) (@oie_moi) June 17, 2020

In an email to KDVR, the Twitter user said the driver ran over a protester's bicycle after a group of demonstrators blocked several lanes near the State Capitol Building.

"The man in the Subaru sped toward the line and slammed on his brakes at the last second," she told KDVR. The video began after the driver started pushing his way through the group, she said, adding that he was "visibly using" a ride-sharing app at the time.

In an email to Newsweek, Lyft spokesperson Dana Davis said the male driver was no longer working for Lyft due to the "disturbing" and "unacceptable" incident.

"What this video shows is deeply disturbing and unacceptable," Davis said. "We support demonstrations across the globe, and condemn any action that threatens the safety of participants. There is absolutely no place for this in our community and we have removed the driver from Lyft."

The driver is just one of many who has been captured on video driving toward or through groups of protesters in recent weeks. Shortly after protests began across the U.S. in late May in response to the death of George Floyd, another vehicle was seen driving through a gathering of demonstrators in downtown Denver and even pursuing one before driving away. Similar incidents have also been recorded in Seattle and Boston.

In New York, a police officer was accused of driving into protesters, drawing harsh criticism from Governor Andrew Cuomo.

While the violence that triggered curfews in cities across the country during the early days of the protests eased the first week of June, recent deaths of black Americans both at the hands of law enforcement and under mysterious circumstances appeared to escalate the situation once more. Last weekend, Rayshard Brooks, a black man, was fatally shot by police in Atlanta, and the unknown circumstances of two black Americans who were found dead and hanging in Southern California spurred calls for investigations and a probe by the FBI.