Driver strikes at least one protester in Denver following Breonna Taylor rally and march – The Denver Post

A driver struck at least one person in a crowd of demonstrators in Denver on Wednesday night following a rally and march to protest the decision not to charge any officers with the killing of Breonna Taylor.

A protester who was hit by the driver near Broadway and Colfax Avenue said she was not badly hurt, and Denver police said they had detained a man after the incident, which happened around 9:15 p.m.

The conflict began when the driver pulled into an area where a small group of protesters were rallying in front of the Colorado Capitol building. The demonstrators surrounded the vehicle and the driver stopped. The protesters shouted at the driver to turn around, and he refused.

After a few tense minutes, during which the protesters banged on the vehicle with their fists, the driver accelerated into several protesters who were standing in front of his vehicle.

One person who identified herself only by her first name, Kate, was pushed to the ground. The driver ran over her bicycle.

“I was kind of going up on the hood and I was like, ‘No, I’m not doing this,’ and I rolled over to the side,” she said moments after the incident. “He wasn’t gonna stop even though I was, like, on his hood.”

The incident came at the end of an otherwise peaceful night of protesting, after most demonstrators had left the area. The bigger group of a couple hundred protesters marched from about 7 to 9 p.m. before organizers urged people to go home.

Kate said she showed up to the protest because “they let Breonna Taylor’s murderers off.”

Earlier Wednesday, authorities in Louisville, Kentucky, announced a grand jury had brought no charges against police for Taylor’s death during a raid of her home on March 13.

Prosecutors said two officers who fired their weapons at Taylor, a Black woman, were justified in using force to protect themselves after they faced gunfire from her boyfriend. The only charges were three counts of wanton endangerment against fired Officer Brett Hankison for shooting into a home next to Taylor’s with people inside.

The incident outside the Capitol also occurred the same day 18th Judicial District Attorney George Brauchler announced he will not file criminal charges against the driver of a Jeep who accelerated through a group marching on Interstate 225 in Aurora this summer to protest the death of Elijah McClain. That driver didn’t hit anyone.

In a separate incident, Denver prosecutors charged a woman with assault and reckless driving after video showed her running her vehicle into a protester outside the Capitol on May 28, during the first major protest in the city against the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Below is a video moments before the driver accelerated into the crowd.


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