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Car plows through protesters during Ferguson rally in south Minneapolis

Star Tribune videographer Mark Vancleave shot video of the altercation during a solidarity rally Tuesday near the Minneapolis Police’s 3rd Precinct building at Lake Street and Minnehaha Avenue S.

Nov. 25 2014

A vehicle plowed through a group of demonstrators in Minneapolis Tuesday afternoon during a march and rally in the wake of a Missouri grand jury decision not to indict a white police officer for fatally shooting a black teenager.

A solidarity rally and march for Michael Brown, who was killed by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, was planned Tuesday near the Minneapolis Police Department’s 3rd Precinct headquarters at Lake Street and Minnehaha Avenue S.

A Star Tribune reporter who is at the rally says that witnesses say the vehicle started honking at protesters blocking the intersection before running down a woman around the start of the rally at 4:30 p.m.

In video from KSTP’s Chopper 5, the involved vehicle goes around another stopped car and into the crowd as other vehicles go around the crowd. People appear to get on the hood of the car as it pushes its way through the crowd and it hits and appears to run over the legs of a demonstrator.

In video captured by Star Tribune videographer Mark Vancleave, what appears to be a dark-colored Subaru Outback is seen driving with a few people clinging to its hood as it pushes and then apparently runs over a victim’s leg. Protesters rush the vehicle with some people hitting its windows and windshield before it takes off.

Other demonstrators stood hand in hand around the woman, who was the only one treated for injuries. She was attended by paramedics in the intersection before she was wheeled into an ambulance. The woman was taken to Regions Hospital in St. Paul with very minor injuries, said Minneapolis police spokesman John Elder.

The driver, a 40-year-old man from St. Paul, was questioned, and Minneapolis police said they’re investigating. The man’s mother said that he was coming home from work and “he didn’t even know what was going on” when he encountered the crowd blocking the intersection.

The crowd at the rally and march swelled to over 1,000 demonstrators.

Earlier in the day, hundreds of students at Minneapolis South High School staged a sit-in near the main office before moving their protest to a nearby police precinct headquarters. A student organizer said the purpose of the demonstration was for protesters to show their dismay with the outcome of the Ferguson case. Another rally in support of victims of police brutality was staged at the University of Minnesota.

Another rally is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the State Capitol in St. Paul.

Here is more from Star Tribune reporter Libor Jany, who is at the Tuesday afternoon’s protest and sending updates via Twitter:

Moments after the woman was struck, a dozen demonstrators pounced on the hood of the vehicle, while others tried to free the victim.

— Libor Jany (@StribJany)

November 25, 2014

Witnesses say that the woman’s leg was caught under the car. She’s being wheeled into an ambulance.

— Libor Jany (@StribJany)

November 25, 2014

Other demonstrators are now standing, hand in hand, around the woman, who’s being treated by paramedics in the middle of the intersection.

— Libor Jany (@StribJany)

November 25, 2014

Witnesses say the car, a teal station wagon, started honking at protesters blocking the intersection, before running down down a woman.

— Libor Jany (@StribJany)

November 25, 2014

LIBOR JANY and NICOLE NORFLEET

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Utterly disgusting. This just happened in Minneapolis MN during a protest following the events of the Ferguson trial.

jerkperalta asked:

I was there when the protestor was hit. We were standing in the road and the car just zoomed at her. Most people fell back to the sidewalk and an ambulance came but it was terrifying. As of a couple of hours ago a guy who said he was a friend of hers - one of the speakers, but this was during the march after he spoke he told me this - had heard nothing more, but I hope she’s okay.

I hope shes okay too. I’m keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers.

~Eon