BEWARE: CARS AS WEAPONS AT DEMOS

by remysaverem

car hit protester

Screen shot from live video during last night’s assault. Last night, a driver used his vehicle as a weapon at a peaceful demonstration in support of BLM in downtown Portland. He circled through the crowd 3 times, deliberately speeding into protesters. He hit 3 protesters with his car. All 3 had to be transported for medical evaluation and treatment (1 in a car, 2 by ambulance). The assailant was apprehended after speeding off and then abandoning his car on foot.

Here is the live video and the Twitter thread from the videographer.

https://mobile.twitter.com/kevin_parks/status/1273166514770923521

Here is an article about the perpetrator.

https://www.oregonlive.com/portland/2020/06/man-arrested-after-driving-car-into-crowd-of-portland-protesters-injuring-3-police-say.html?fbclid=IwAR35s-IF9R3dc2m1YrvpcEKVDeiXZ2BNcjYG-2OZuW5xX5hvmeyvipYXxjU

Here are links about other instances in which vehicles were deliberately used to try to kill protesters, historically and currently. In the first 2 listed cases, the peaceful demonstrators were murdered by the drivers.

Rest in power, Heather Heyer of Charlottesville.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-40924922

Rest in power, Robert Forbes of Bakersfield.

https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/claudiakoerner/robert-forbes-killed-driver-bakersfield-protest

Here are details about the pattern of the use of vehicles as weapons, including by police as well as right-wing extremists.

Cited are examples from Tallahassee; NYPD; L.A.; Boston; Oklahoma; Colorado Springs; Cincinnati; Memphis; Pensacola; Lansing; Seattle; Richmond….and the list keeps growing.

https://slate.com/business/2020/06/george-floyd-protests-cars-ramming-racism.html

Please, Loves. Be safe. Have safety teams. Be vigilant for each other. Guard perimeters of demos. Always have an exit –preferably more than one– available. This is to avoid kettling, as well as to avoid drivers of potentially murderous intent, whether cops or other right-wing extremists.

First-hand accounts, photos, videos, audio of any attacks on demonstrators, by “law enforcement” or other extremists, may be submitted for publication in our blog and may be shared on our various other sites.

We love you.

–Ellen.

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