Authorities say a truck attacked a protester in Buffalo, New York on Wednesday night. A few hours ago, a grand jury in Louisville refused to prosecute two police officers for the killing of Brian Taylor.
Police said the bicycle victim was shot at Niagara Square near City Hall at around 8:45 p.m. Eastern Time and is expected to survive after being taken to the Erie County Medical Center.
The police said the cyclist was a 59-year-old Buffalo woman, and she and the driver were cooperating with investigators.
Since the investigation was only conducted for a few hours on Thursday, police spokespersons declined to say whether they thought the crash was an accident or a targeted attack.
The demonstrators have been protesting against Kentucky’s decision a few hours ago not to bring any charges against the two police officers who participated in the shooting of Taylor in her apartment on March 1
The crash on Wednesday night was partially captured in a Facebook Live video, which showed the vehicle driving towards the crowd before crashing and screaming.
“Wow, wow, wow, wow!” the male voice near the camera shouted.
Then, the camera mount ran on the square, hoping to catch up with the vehicle, and then came to the truck with a female driver inside-stopped to speak on the phone.
The male camera operator said: “So this lady hit a person and shot her car through the crowd.”
The man tried to talk to the woman, who was concentrating on her mobile phone.
He said: “You were at a dead end and shot.” “Come on!”
The police killing of Taylor and George Floyd in Minneapolis sparked months of protests against systemic racism.
Niagara Square in Buffalo was the place where police and demonstrators clashed earlier, when riot police pushed a 75-year-old man down and knocked it down on the sidewalk.
The incident was taped, and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said that it “disrupted our basic etiquette and sense of humanity.”
“Why, why? Why is that necessary?” Cuomo said at the time. “Where is the threat? Old sir, where is the threat? Then when you see blood on that person’s head, walk next to that person?”