A car allegedly belonging to a Donald Trump supporter was seen on video plowing through demonstrators protesting the March homicide of 41-year-old unarmed Black man Daniel Prude.
In a shocking video posted by Twitter user @datainput, a black Ford Taurus sedan with New York plates and tinted windows is seen driving through supporters of the Black Lives Matter movement on Thursday night in Times Square.
Car drives through Black Lives Matter protesters, Times Square, New York City, 8:10 PM, Thursday, September 3, 2020#BlackLivesMatter #BLM #TimesSquare #NewYorkCity #NewYork #NYC #ny pic.twitter.com/G3mwAy3vGx— DataInput (@datainput) September 4, 2020
Per CBS New York on Friday, no one was seriously injured, and police are searching for the driver.
“A black car came through the crowd and hit the person in front of me and then me and then I believe the person behind me, and we all had bikes so they just came charging through. It was pretty terrifying,” Brooklyn resident Lora Gettelfinger told CBS New York’s Ali Bauman.
In footage captured by EarthCam, the car is seen whipping around the corner right after the attack.
According to CBS New York, police say there was a confrontation between BLM demonstrators and pro-Trump supporters earlier that night.
After one officer reportedly told a pro-Trump demonstrator to leave in his car, with instructions to take a specific route, the driver allegedly drove through the BLM march instead.
Though many social media users pointed out similarities between the Ford Taurus and that of an unmarked police cruiser, the NYPD issued a statement Thursday night that said the vehicle is question is not affiliated with their department.
There is an ongoing investigation into an incident in Times Square involving a black Taurus sedan. This auto is NOT an NYPD vehicle. pic.twitter.com/kBGuXhFtP1— NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) September 4, 2020
On March 23, Rochester police placed a “spit hood” over Daniel Prude after he reportedly left his brother Joe’s house in an erratic state and without clothes.
As seen in police body cam footage that was only made public Wednesday, at least one officer presses Prude’s face into the pavement for more than two minutes, and at least one other officer presses a knee onto Prude’s back.
Prude died seven days later on March 30 after he was taken off life support.
The Monroe County medical examiner later ruled Prude’s death to be a homicide caused by “complications of asphyxia in the setting of physical restraint.” The autopsy report also said that “excited delirium” and acute intoxication by phencyclidine, or the drug PCP, were contributing factors in his passing.
Prude leaves behind 18-year-old daughter, Tashyra Prude.
“I’m still waiting on him to call me and say, ‘I’m coming home,'” Tashyra was quoted by CBS New York as saying. “And to know that I will never get that is breaking my heart.”
On Thursday, Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren announced that seven officers have been suspended for their involvement in Prude’s fatal arrest.
New York State Attorney General Letitia James is currently investigating the incident.