DENVER (CBS4) – Perhaps the most disturbing image during Thursday’s protest in Denver over the police killing of George Floyd happened on a street outside Colorado’s capitol when a driver plowed intentionally into a man who had briefly gotten onto the hood and knocked him to the ground, nearly running him over.
It happened on Broadway at the intersection with Colfax Avenue. In video of the incident, the black SUV is trying to drive down Broadway but is hindered by a small assembled group of people in the street. One person refuses to budge and tries to face down the car, and another person gets on the hood then quickly jumps off. As the man is taking a few steps back towards the group, the SUV turns back towards the man and plows into him.
The man falls forward and lands awkwardly on the ground but somehow avoids getting his legs run over. He didn’t appear to have serious injuries.
Members of the crowd then run at the SUV but it turns again and speeds off down Broadway.
Police said they are looking for the person who got hit by the car as well as the driver. Anyone with information that could possibly be helpful to police in their investigation is asked to call 720.913.STOP.
UPDATE: After the publication of this story, CBS4 interviewed the protester about his perspective on what happened. Read reporter Kati Weis’ full story.