A car that was heading at high speed at protesters, blows fire, one person transported to hospital : an event which was to be the pacific side of Aurora, in the State of Colorado, has taken a very dramatic Saturday.
Protesters gathered to walk on the highway 225 in order to demand justice for Elijah McClain, who lost his life after a police officer was restrained with a choke it’s been almost a year.
The march proceeded peacefully until a driver of a vehicle decides to clear a path so cavalier on the highway.
In footage filmed from the top of the air, you can see the blue vehicle brand Jeep accelerate in the direction of protesters massed on the floor. With the approach of the car, the protesters can be seen running to the side of the road to avoid being hit. Others have launched projectiles in the direction of the car.
At the same time, one of the demonstrators had opened fire, hitting another protester and causing him injuries. This person, who had to be rushed to the hospital, is in a stable condition.
“As protesters marched on the highway I-225, a vehicle has decided to forge ahead through the crowd. A protester has decided to open fire, hitting at least one other protester”, police said Aurora.
As for the vehicle, it was towed and the investigation of the police officers continues.
The protesters have also vandalized the palace of justice in the city while the windows have been fracassées and a fire was lit in an office.
The tension rose another notch in the United States in the last few days surrounding the events on racial injustices, especially in Portland, Oregon, where federal agents are landed in order to put an end to the rallies. A protest has also escalated Saturday in Seattle.
The death of George Floyd at the hands of police officers, on may 25, has drawn attention to other deaths of African-Americans suffered in the interventions of the forces of law and order. In Colorado, the death of Elijah McClain has fanned the anger of the protesters.
McClain was arrested in August 2019, while he was walking in the streets of Aurora after a citizen had reported his behavior as suspicious during a call to 9-1-1.
The police were placed in a position of strangulation while the paramedics administered a dose of 500 milligrams of a sedative to calm him down. McClain later suffered a cardiac arrest which caused his death.