LA Driver Crossing BLM Protest Gets Chased, Beaten And Arrested On Live TV

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.

A Prius runs through a crowd of people on Sunset Boulevard and North Cahuenga Boulevard during a protest held for Breonna Taylor in Hollywood. (Josie Norris/Los Angeles Times)

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

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According to the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD), approximately 300 people gathered near the Hollywood Forever Cemetery before marching through Hollywood.

The incident with the white Prius comes after a truck struck one of the protesters, according to the Los Angeles Times.

A protester who was hit by a car is attended to as paramedics arrive on Sunset Boulevard. (Wally Skalij/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.

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