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Terrifying moment white driver tries to mow down protesters and 'threatens to kill demonstrators'

This is the terrifying moment a white driver tries to mow down George Floyd protesters in his SUV in New York City. 

The unnamed man pulled onto the sidewalk in Queens on Tuesday before driving at demonstrators. Alarming footage shows as he threatens to kill protesters while brandishing knifes strapped to his arm. 

Protests had been largely peaceful Tuesday and streets were calmer than they have been in days since the killing of George Floyd set off sometimes violent demonstrations against police brutality and injustice against African Americans. 

But a number of videos of this incident were widely shared online showing the man driving up onto the sidewalk where a number of people were protesting. 

Footage shows as the man threatens to kill protesters while brandishing knifes

The unnamed man pulled onto the sidewalk in Queens on Tuesday before driving at demonstrators. People are forced to run out of the way of the vehicle before he speeds off

People are forced to run out of the way of the vehicle before he speeds off. 

In a second clip the man tells onlookers: 'I’ll kill you. I’ll kill you.'

He appears to have a number of knives strapped to his arm. Protesters run and can be heard screaming as he shouts at them.  

Police told The New York Daily News they are investigating the incident.  

Sharing the footage Arianna Agudo said: 'This man had four knives tied up on his arm and was trying to stab...kids and then he got up on his car and got on the sidewalk and tried to run over this people, people who are less than 21-years-old.'   

They added: 'People are literally crazy. They don't even think twice on taking somebody's life and end it just like that.

'I'm sick and tired of this! People are protesting for what's right, for justice! They're not doing nothing wrong!' 

Police told The New York Daily News they are investigating the incident.

Posting the footage to Twitter @lambomursy wrote: 'Right now this man in Whitestone New York was threatening people with a sword/multiple blades and then drove right through them ..... someone find out who he is right now.'

Another protester added: 'Please find this man. We were putting signs up, he drove on the street to run us down and had a weapon. There’s kids here.'  

An earlier curfew and efforts by protesters to contain the violence prevented more widespread damage to businesses in New York City overnight. 

Protests had been largely peaceful Tuesday and streets were calmer than they have been in days since the killing of George Floyd set off sometimes violent demonstrations against police brutality and injustice against African Americans

A glass window is smashed at a Pret a Manger store in NYC on Wednesday 

As of Wednesday morning, arrests grew to more than 9,000 nationwide since the unrest began in response to Floyd's death May 25 in Minneapolis.

There was a marked quiet compared with the unrest of the past few nights, which included fires and shootings in some cities. Many cities intensified their curfews, with authorities in Washington also ordering people off streets before sundown.

Protests began after a white Minneapolis police officer pressed his knee against Floyd's neck while the handcuffed black man called out that he couldn't breathe. The officer, Derek Chauvin, has been fired and charged with murder.  

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