A video taken by protester Ethan Ketner shows the DPD SUV driving past the crowd of protesters after some protesters climbed the hood of the car. After a few seconds, the car accelerated, knocking back some demonstrators and throwing other demonstrators onto the hood.
Two tachograph videos were posted on the department’s Twitter, showing what happened from the officer’s perspective. A video was taken from the vantage point of the DPD SUV, which was accused of running demonstrators while the vehicle was surrounded. The video shows the protesters surrounding the car, with a person sitting on top of the car, and then putting a sign on the dashboard before the car passes the crowd.
The second driving recorder video was taken from another police car nearby, which partially captured the DPD vehicle surrounded by the protesters and then driven away.
It seems that at least one protester stayed on the hood, hung on the car as the car accelerated, and was subsequently abandoned when the car drove away.
John Roach, the media director of Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, declined to comment and forwarded all information about the incident to the police department.
Detroit Police Chief James Craig spoke about the incident at a news conference on Monday, noting that investigators could start the investigation “even in less than 24 hours.”
He said: “The officer did the right thing.” “Of course they left the place, and after leaving there to avoid further harm, the demonstrators left without any other incident.”
The video showed that the rear window of the police car was intact at the 14-second mark, but after 30 seconds, it appeared to have a large hole. Craig said that at this point, the video analysis did not show that something broke the rear window glass, but there are reports that it was broken by the skateboard. He said that until the demonstrators surrounded the car, the protesters were asked to refund the police money.
He said: “At that time we knew that we didn’t have to put ourselves in a position where a group of criminals surrounded and attacked the car.” “In this case, they expect-they are just hindering the redirection, but they don’t think of themselves Will get their response.”
Craig added that two officers on board told investigators that they thought they might have been shot, which prompted them to flee the scene. He said that neither the people who got on the bus nor patrolled the protests were injured.
Kettner said the protests were peaceful until four vehicles blocked the protesters’ route, prompting them to surround the vehicles until the police cleared the road.
Kettner said in an interview with CNN on Monday: “Just as we passed all four intersections, the driver turned and started moving towards us.” “I can’t explain how or why he thinks this is a good idea, but this is what he decided What to do. There are other vehicles that go further on Verner (Highway). If they try to claim that they have done it, they can pass us. They could have sent another officer (on the road).”
Kettner said the police did not instruct the demonstrators to leave the road before the vehicle accelerated into the crowd.
“After this, we had our medical team-volunteers from the Quanzhou Hospital came out-they put away all the injured people, inspected them, repaired them, and since then, all Uninjured people can move forward and spend another hour and a half to return to the park.” He said.