An anti-racism protester was struck by a car the driver pushed through a crowd at an intersection in Rochester, New York, in the early hours of September 5. An occupant of the vehicle also sprayed a yellow substance out a window at demonstrators.
Footage captured by Carolyn Delvecchio Hoffman shows a white vehicle driving past demonstrators followed by a red vehicle, which strikes a protester before speeding away. People then rush to help the demonstrator, while screams and expressions of outrage are heard.
Speaking to Storyful, Hoffman said, “The driver was not arrested at the scene. Volunteer medics responded to the injured protestors.” Hoffman also said she was shot with rubber bullets and pepper balls during confrontations with the Rochester Police Department during the protest.
Approximately a thousand people gathered at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park earlier that evening to hear a speech from the brother of Daniel Prude, who was killed in police custody, before marching in the streets. Police later fired tear gas and pepper balls at the crowd during confrontations with protesters, according to reporters at the scene.
Prude’s death was ruled a homicide, caused by “complications of asphyxia in the setting of physical restraint," reports said.
Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren said Thursday that the seven officers involved in Prude’s death had been suspended.
“This all comes after city council recently approved a new 16 million dollar police station and hundred million dollar police budget,” Hoffman added. Credit: Carolyn Delvecchio Hoffman via Storyful