A police car in Tacoma was filmed mowing down a group of pedestrians at a downtown intersection where a large crowd gathered to watch vehicles do burnouts on Saturday evening.
Disturbing video footage shows the driver of the police car rev its engine as the vehicle was surrounded by a group of onlookers on South 9th Street between Court A and Pacific Avenue just before 7pm on Saturday.
The cop car then sprints forward, running over a group of about five people. One person was seen lying on the pavement as the police car’s wheels rolled over him.
In the video footage, the police cruise was seen backing up about three feet before accelerating forward and plowing into the group of pedestrians.
Shocking video footage shows a police car in Tacoma, Washington, run over a pedestrian on Saturday night
The pedestrian is seen above after he was caught underneath the tires of the police vehicle
Eyewitness accounts posted to social media indicate that the man did not suffer life-threatening injuries
Eyewitness accounts posted to social media indicate that the person is not believed to have suffered any life-threatening injuries.
Moments before the incident, some three dozen people had gathered to watch several drivers perform circular ‘burnouts’ in which they revved their engines while their cars spun inside the intersection.
A witness told The News Tribune that a fire truck drove through the intersection and briefly interrupted the burnout session.
But the group of vehicles quickly reformed and the crowds once again observed the drivers as they were doing their maneuvers.
Moments before the incident, some three dozen people had gathered to watch several drivers perform circular ‘burnouts’ in which they revved their engines while their cars spun inside the intersection
Soon afterward, a Tacoma police vehicle appeared on the scene. The car approached the intersection from Pacific and South 11th Street.
According to the witness, that's when several people started to gather near the police vehicle.
'A lot of people swarmed in that direction (of the police car),' the witness, Mark, said.
'They were intending to block him.'
A spokesperson for Tacoma police, Wendy Haddow, said police were responding to the scene after receiving a report just before 7pm of street racers.
Haddow said police were told that some 100 people were blocking streets in the area.