As tensions flare in cities around the country as people protest the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police officers, troubling scenes are being captured by eyewitnesses’ mobile phones, including one such event Saturday evening when two New York Police Department vehicles are seen driving straight into a crowd of protesters.
Video of the incident was captured by several Twitter users, posted below. One NYPD vehicle is seen parked directly in front of a metal barricade while protesters stand on the other side of it, and eventually pick it up and move it about a foot or so forward, closer to the front bumper of the NYPD car.
Some protesters start throwing objects — to be fair, it appears from the video that they are mostly litter, plastic water bottles, rubber traffic cones, and other items that do not appear to visibly damage the police car.
— Marco (@chieffymac11) May 31, 2020
Another NYPD car drives up along the right side of the first NYPD car, slowly at first, and then suddenly surges forward, pushing the protesters out of the way. The second car then surges forward as well, pushing the metal barricade into the protesters and knocking them back forcefully. Several of them fall down in the street.
— Pierre G. (@pgarapon) May 31, 2020
Local NYC channel News12 identified the incident as occurring in Brooklyn, and shared other photos and videos of confrontations between police and protesters.
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