According to the Tacoma News Tribune, on Saturday night, a police officer in Washington State was temporarily put on holiday when the patrol car drove through the crowd.
In the video provided to the newspaper by witnesses, a patrol car can be seen approaching a group of pedestrians. The pedestrians are said to gather at an intersection in downtown Tacoma to watch a street game.
As the vehicle approaches the intersection, more people can be seen walking toward the intersection. Then the vehicle can be seen backing up and then speeding up into the crowd, apparently causing some people to pass.
According to local newspaper reports, one person was taken to the hospital after the incident.
“When the police arrived at the scene, there were multiple vehicles and about 1
The department continued: “During the operation, a Tacoma police car that responded well was surrounded by crowds.” The agency claimed that “when the police stopped on the street, people hit the body and windows of the police car.”
“The officer tried to make a backup because he was worried about his own safety, but was unable to do so due to the large crowd. The officer said that the officer activated his lights and siren, adding: “In an attempt to move from an unsafe posture When freed, the police officer drove one person forward and may have affected others. “
The department said it had forwarded the investigation to county officials.
Interim Police Chief Mike Ake said in a statement in a document that he was concerned that the department “is experiencing another incident of the use of deadly force.”
He added: “I give deep thought to anyone injured in the incident tonight, and I am committed to our department’s full cooperation in independent investigations and to assess the department’s response during the incident.
After the death of Manuel Ellis in March last year, protests against police brutality continued for several weeks, and the department faced close scrutiny.
Ellis, a black man, died in Tacoma at the age of 33. The Pierce County Medical Examiner’s Office ruled that he died of apnea after being restrained by local police in handcuffs. He had previously died from physical restraint.
-Update at 9:12 AM