The driver of a white Toyota Prius who had carefully weaved through a BLM protest was heckled, chased down by a black pick-up truck leading the protests, and then assaulted on Thursday night. The driver was then arrested.
"It wasn’t traveling at a fast speed — it was inching forward, trying to get past, and that upset people," said photojournalist Christian Monterrosa.
People in the crowd began striking the car’s windows and doors, the news footage shows. After the Prius cleared the crowd, a black pickup truck with several people sitting in the bed gave chase, accelerated ahead of the Prius and pulled to an abrupt halt. A man got out of the truck and, according to the footage, appeared to try to pull the driver out of the Prius.
The Prius reversed and collided with a green Mustang convertible, which was associated with the protest, according to the LAPD. A person got out of the convertible and began striking the Prius with a flagpole, the footage shows, and another person arrived on a skateboard, which he used to smash the Prius’ windshield. The motorist drove off but was detained a few blocks away by the LAPD. No one was injured in the incident, according to police. -Los Angeles Times
So the mob blocks the streets in LA, driver drives through pretty carefully with strobe flashing, the mob chases after him in multiple vehicles, box driver in, beat him, smash his car, driver escapes before they pull him out and police arrest the driver?! pic.twitter.com/ZfV6nSABGP— Robby Starbuck (@robbystarbuck) September 25, 2020
According to the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD), approximately 300 people gathered near the Hollywood Forever Cemetery before marching through Hollywood.
Doesn't look like a wedding proposal https://t.co/nlP8bmctJG— Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) September 25, 2020
The incident with the white Prius comes after a truck struck one of the protesters, according to the Los Angeles Times.
On Thursday, the group in Hollywood was walking down Sunset Boulevard, video posted to Twitter and YouTube shows, when a dark-colored pickup accelerated among the protesters, striking one directly and hurtling the person backward. The truck then sped down Sunset Boulevard, nearly hitting other people who leaped out of the way, the footage shows.
Capt. Steve Lurie, who leads the Los Angeles Police Department’s Hollywood Division, said officers stopped and identified the motorist, although they didn’t immediately arrest him. The motorist told them that protesters had attacked his car first, according to Lurie, who added that officers have noted damage to the car. -LA Times
According to Monterrosa, the truck was traveling against the flow of the crowd when protesters began crowding the vehicle, trying to stop it.
According to the LAPD, police have identified both motorists, and detectives are reviewing the cases. The drivers maintain they were accosted by protesters.
An LAPD captain said the protest was mostly peaceful - with the exception of around 20 "violent" individuals.
I don’t care how unpopular this is with some folks but the mob who’s flashing strobe lights, hitting cars and scaring people are the ones who need to be arrested, not the scared drivers who try to escape. Arrest the mob.— Robby Starbuck (@robbystarbuck) September 25, 2020