A man who drove into a crowd of protesters in Denver on Wednesday night, striking at least one person, has not been cited or criminally charged, but the investigation is ongoing, Denver police said Thursday.
“He was quickly contacted and detained by police officers last night,” spokeswoman Christine Downs said in an email. “Currently, he has not been cited and investigators continue to look into the incident.”
The driver, who has not been publicly identified, was not in police custody Thursday, Downs said.
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The incident happened at about 9:15 p.m. in front of the Colorado Capitol building in the 1400 block of Lincoln Street, at the end of several hours of peaceful protest over the grand jury decision not to charge Louisville, Kentucky, police officers with Breonna Taylor’s death.
A couple hundred people marched between about 7 and 9 p.m., before much of the group went home and a smaller cohort continued to rally at the Capitol building.
The driver pulled onto Lincoln Street and passed through a line of five or so protesters who were directing traffic away from the larger group of demonstrators who were blocking the street in front of the Capitol building. The driver slowed down as he approached the crowd, and protesters quickly moved in front of the vehicle.
The protesters surrounded the vehicle on three sides and shouted at the driver to turn around or back up during several tense minutes. The driver refused, and some protesters banged on his vehicle with their fists. After a few minutes, the driver abruptly accelerated into the crowd, striking at least one person and running over a bicycle.
It was at least the third time people have driven through protest crowds in the Denver area this year. One, a driver who accelerated through a group marching on Interstate 225 in Aurora this summer, will not face charges, 18th Judicial District Attorney George Brauchler announced Wednesday. That driver did not hit anyone.
Another driver who ran her vehicle into a crowd of protesters outside the Capitol on May 28 was charged with assault and reckless driving.
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