Ethan Ketner was among the protesters, and filmed the incident.
The protest started out with no problems earlier Sunday before swelling to 300 to 350 people, according to police officials, who said most of the protests in recent weeks have been peaceful. They did not need to drive past us for emergency purposes because they had other officers on the other side ready. One video was taken from the vantage point of the DPD SUV accused of running protestors over when the vehicle became surrounded. "That's where the video began". The incident occurred after officers were trying to redirect the march off of Vernor Highway, Craig said.
"Detroit Police Department just ran straight through a bunch of our protesters", Ketner wrote in a Facebook post. We went flying off.
The violent behavior Sunday included the several people who jumped onto the police vehicle, he said. Nobody smacked the police cars, nobody did anything like that.
Officers appeared to engage their lights and sirens before they started moving. Me and a couple of other organizers that were with me, just went flinging off. "I think police haven't seen that in a while, so they don't know how to control that".
"As you can see in the video, he ran into us, and at that point, my buddy fell on the vehicle, and he continued to run into us". I think I was the last person on the auto. "At that point he floored it, and he went super fast and jerked it back and forth to fling us off the vehicle, at which he was successful".
"Without a doubt, I know that officer did that on goal". Someone was trapped on the hood and eventually tossed as the officer swerved to throw him off. As a result, medics on the scene treated ten people.
"I got minor injuries, I got scrapes and bruises, but other people's feet were ran over", Bass said. We're calling like it is.
The SUV then accelerates and brakes multiple times to clear the remaining protesters out of the way.
"And again in their mind, as according to our investigation, they believed they could be shot at, or were being fired upon and because of that they had to take quick, evasive action", Police Chief James Craig told reporters Monday.
Even as people were screaming and yelling for the officer to stop, the police SUV continued to drive. "He chose to try and assert dominance and teach us a lesson". No officers - whether in the vehicle or otherwise patrolling the protests - were injured, he said. The department said the officer behind the wheel "tried to escape" the crowd.
Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan says he hasn't seen the full report on the incident.
Bass, meanwhile, claimed to the Detroit Free Press that police were trying to block the crowd from returning to the park.
Duggan was a guest on WDET's Detroit Today with Stephen Henderson.
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