As protests broke out in the City of Tallahassee on Saturday due to questions surrounding the use of force by police officers, a Tallahassee Democrat headline stated that “Peaceful Tallahassee protests marred after truck hits demonstrators; no serious injuries.”
The Tallahassee Democrat reported that:
“The largely peaceful demonstrations in downtown and midtown Tallahassee were marred when a pickup truck hit a group of protesters on North Monroe Street.
Three white people in a red pickup truck with a Georgia license plate yelled at the crowd of Black Lives Matter protesters, then revved their engines before driving into the crowd, witnesses told the Tallahassee Democrat.”
However a new video raises questions about this account. See below.
The video, first published by WTXL, shows a protester throwing punches in the driver side window of the red truck before the truck, which was stopped at a red light, decided to move forward.
WTXL reported that the video “shows a red truck being surrounded by protesters on all sides before one of the people in the crowd begins punching a passenger inside the truck. The truck then revs up and lurches forward, several protesters jumping out of the way to avoid being hit.”
Another video confirms the red truck did not move forward until the punches started to fly at eight seconds into the video below.
What is not know is the verbal exchange that took place between the truck occupants and the protesters.
After the driver accelerated through the protesters, he pulled over and was arrested at the scene.
There is no word if the driver was charged.