Hit-and-run driver smashes through Ferguson protesters, drags woman 20 feet

This is the sickening moment a hit-and-run driver smashed into a crowd of Ferguson protesters in Minnesota, before dragging a woman 20 feet under his front wheel and running over her leg.

The motorist, who has not been identified, was captured on video speeding toward the group in a dark-colored Subaru Outback during a march and rally in Minneapolis on Tuesday afternoon.

He plowed into demonstrators, before smashing into a woman and carrying her along the road under his front-left wheel, while another protester who also struck by the vehicle desperately clung to its hood.

As bystanders screamed loudly and rushed to the woman’s aid, the car briefly stopped, before driving off. However, it came to a halt further down the road and the driver was reportedly taken into custody.

The incident, filmed by KSTP’s Chopper 5, occurred a day after the grand jury’s decision not to indict officer Darren Wilson in the shooting of Michael Brown in the suburb of Ferguson in St Louis, Missouri, on August 9 was announced.

Demonstrators there broke windows at City Hall Tuesday night and set a squad care on fire, but the protests had far less destructive power than the previous night..

By the end of the night 45 people had been arrested in Ferguson, most for failure to disperse, though at least one person was taken in after being part of a group that was throwing smoke bombs, flares and frozen water bottles at a line of officers.

Some protesters also threw rocks, tent poles, and bottles – some containing urine – at officers.

It also came as tens of thousands of people in more than 170 cities across America – including Atlanta, Boston, Philadelphia, New York and Los Angeles, among others – were demonstrating against the long-awaited verdict for a second night.

In the Minneapolis crash at 4.30pm local time, the woman, who has not been named, was attended to by paramedics in the intersection near the Minneapolis Police Department’s 3rd Precinct headquarters at Lake Street and Minnehaha Avenue.

She was later taken to Regions Hospital in St. Paul with ‘very minor injuries’, police told the Minneapolis Star Tribune. She is believed to have since been released. Meanwhile, the driver is currently being questioned by police, although no formal charges have been filed against him.

The incident came just a day after St Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch declared that the jury of seven men and five women found ‘no probable cause exists’ to indict Wilson in the shooting, which made headlines across the world.

Following the hit-and-run, about 200 protesters gathered on the state capitol steps in St. Paul and marched in protest at the secret panel’s verdict.

NEW YORK

On Tuesday night, thousands of people brought traffic in New York to a standstill by blocking bridges, tunnels and highways. Donning riot gear, NYPD officers were dispatched to Times Square, where many of the protesters were based. At least two people were arrested.

In one of many long lines of demonstrations making its way through the Big Apple, demonstrators shut down lanes of the FDR, known more formally as the Franklin D. Roosevelt East River Drive, as they chanted, ‘Mike Brown! Mike Brown!’,CNN reported.

And at Union Square, around 400 people gathered at sunset, before breaking into groups of marchers and making their way through the city.

The protesters, who seemed to grow in number as the night wore on, disrupted traffic on the FDR Drive and congregated at the entrances to the Williamsburg and Manhattan bridges and the Queens tunnel. Commissioner William Bratton said police were giving protesters ‘breathing room.’

‘As long as they remain nonviolent, and as long as they don’t engage in issues that cause fear or create vandalism, we will work with them to allow them to demonstrate,’ he said. One of the two people arrested was the man who threw a jar of fake blood that struck Bratton on Monday.

In addition to New York, several hundred protesters also marched peacefully through nearby Newark in New Jersey.

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