A man has been run over by a police cruiser plowing through crowds as they watched street racers burn out in Washington state.
Disturbing video shows the cruiser reversing about three feet before accelerating forward and mowing down the group of pedestrians in Tacoma around 6:20 PM on Saturday evening.
A person can be seen lying on the sidewalk with the police car’s wheels rolling over him. He has been taken to a local hospital and his condition is unclear.
Tacoma police said the crowd of about 100 people blocked the intersection when police arrived on the scene. They then began “clearing the intersection and people for the safety of those who had gathered and those who tried to use the street.”
At the time, police said the cruiser was surrounded by the crowd that hit the car and tried to break through the windows.
The officer, fearing for his safety, tried to reverse but was unable to do so because of the crowd. While attempting to free himself from an unsafe position, the officer drove forward hitting one person and potentially impacting others. ‘
The video shows that at least five people are hit by the cruiser. It is unclear how badly they were injured.
The officer behind the wheel then pulled up “at a safe point” and called for help, Tacoma police said.
Shocking video shows a police car in Tacoma, Washington, hit a pedestrian on Saturday night
The pedestrian can be seen above after being caught under the tires of the police car
Eyewitness reports on social media indicate that the man suffered no life-threatening injuries
Eyewitness reports posted on social media indicate that the person who was completely under the wheels of the SUV is not believed to have sustained life-threatening injuries.
Just before the incident, the crowd of about 100 people had gathered to watch several drivers perform circular ‘burnouts’ where they rev their engines while their cars spun at the intersection.
A witness told it The News Tribune that a fire truck drove over the intersection and briefly interrupted the burnout session.
But the group of vehicles quickly reformed, and the crowds again observed the drivers doing their maneuvers.
Moments before the incident, about three dozen people had gathered to watch various drivers perform circular ‘burnouts’, revving their engines while their cars spinning at the intersection.
Police said they had received reports that up to 100 people had blocked the intersection to watch street racers (above) doing burnouts
Shortly afterward, a Tacoma police car appeared on the scene.
According to the witness, several people then began to gather at the police car.
‘Many people swarmed in that direction (from the police car)’, said witness Mark.
“They intended to block him.”
Matthew Harrington claims he was one of the pedestrians who were mowed down by the police car, although his injuries do not appear serious. He is seen on the right showing an injury to his head
Harrington says he was among the group of pedestrians who stood in front of the police car before it plowed into them
The image above, taken with Harrington’s cell phone, shows the police car mowing a group of at least four pedestrians
In the cell phone video, the police car’s headlights come closer and ram into the crowd. Harrington, who is not seen in the clip, appears to be flying towards the sidewalk. In the meantime, he continues to record on his mobile phone
Matthew Harrington claims he was one of the pedestrians mowed down by the police car, although his injuries do not appear to be serious.
Harrington posted video and images to Facebook in which he indicated that he was among the group of people standing in front of the police car just before plowing through the crowd.
In the cell phone video, the police car’s headlights come closer and ram into the crowd.
Harrington, who is not seen in the clip, appears to be flying towards the sidewalk. In the meantime, he continues to record on his mobile phone.
He wrote on his Facebook page, “I was run over by Tacoma Police at 6:30 pm on 1/23/21 on Pacific and 9th Street in the city of Tacoma Wa.”
A crowd of protesters began to gather on the spot Saturday night.
Tacoma Police Chief Mike Ake said the incident will be investigated as “deadly violence.”
“I’m afraid our department is experiencing another incident of deadly violence,” he said.
“I am sending my thoughts to everyone injured in tonight’s event, and am committed to our department’s full cooperation in the independent investigation and to review the actions of the department’s response during the incident.”