A person who drove right into a crowd of protesters in Denver on Wednesday evening, putting at the least one particular person, has not been cited or criminally charged, however the investigation is ongoing, Denver police mentioned Thursday.
“He was shortly contacted and detained by law enforcement officials final evening,” spokeswoman Christine Downs mentioned in an e-mail. “Presently, he has not been cited and investigators proceed to look into the incident.”
The motive force, who has not been publicly recognized, was not in police custody Thursday, Downs mentioned.
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The incident occurred at about 9:15 p.m. in entrance of the Colorado Capitol constructing within the 1400 block of Lincoln Avenue, on the finish of a number of hours of peaceable protest over the grand jury choice to not cost Louisville, Kentucky, law enforcement officials with Breonna Taylor’s demise.
A pair hundred folks marched between about 7 and 9 p.m., earlier than a lot of the group went house and a smaller cohort continued to rally on the Capitol constructing.
The motive force pulled onto Lincoln Avenue and handed by way of a line of 5 or so protesters who have been directing site visitors away from the bigger group of demonstrators who have been blocking the road in entrance of the Capitol constructing. The motive force slowed down as he approached the group, and protesters shortly moved in entrance of the automobile.
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The protesters surrounded the automobile on three sides and shouted on the driver to show round or again up throughout a number of tense minutes. The motive force refused, and a few protesters banged on his automobile with their fists. After a couple of minutes, the motive force abruptly accelerated into the group, putting at the least one particular person and operating over a bicycle.
It was at the least the third time folks have pushed by way of protest crowds within the Denver space this yr. One, a driver who accelerated by way of a gaggle marching on Interstate 225 in Aurora this summer time, is not going to face expenses, 18th Judicial District Legal professional George Brauchler introduced Wednesday. That driver didn’t hit anybody.
One other driver who ran her automobile right into a crowd of protesters outdoors the Capitol on Could 28 was charged with assault and reckless driving.