A disturbing echo today of the killing of Heather Hayer during the Unite The Right rally in Charlottesville in 2017. At a protest in Tallahassee, Florida, a pickup truck suddenly accelerated through an intersection filled with protesters. According to ABC27 the truck had initially stopped and was surrounded by protesters who talked to people in the truck. ABC27 then said a punch was aimed at someone in the truck before it accelerated.
A video of the incident has appeared on social media and people can be heard screaming in distress as the truck drives through the crowd.
“No one was pulled under the wheels that I saw, but people were definitely hurt,” one witness, Lucas von Hollen, told the Associated Press. “There was screeching ... People were crying and screaming about how it just drove through the crowd.”
The city’s mayor, John E Dailey, said the driver had been taken into custody and no one was seriously injured.
Mayor John E. Dailey (@MayorOfTLH)
Earlier today an individual struck a crowd of peaceful protestors with their vehicle in downtown Tallahassee at a low rate of speed. Thankfully no one was seriously injured. The driver of the vehicle was immediately taken into custody.
“Earlier today an individual struck a crowd of peaceful protestors with their vehicle in downtown Tallahassee at a low rate of speed,” wrote Dailey on Twitter. “Thankfully no one was seriously injured. The driver of the vehicle was immediately taken into custody.”
The Tallahassee Police Department said people had the right to protest peacefully. “This is an extremely tense, emotional time across the nation. Mutual respect among all of us is vital,” the department said in a press release. “The Tallahassee Police Department supports the nonviolent gathering of protesters and will uphold their constitutional right to do so while making every effort to maintain a safe environment for our community.”