A pickup truck struck a protester in Buffalo, New York, on Wednesday night, authorities said, hours after a grand jury in Louisville refused to charge two police officers with the murder of Breona Taylor.
The victim, who was on a bicycle, was hit around 8:45 p.m. ET in Niagara Square near City Hall and is expected to survive after being taken to Erie County Medical Center, police said.
The cyclist is a 59-year-old woman Buffalo and she and the driver are cooperating with investigators, police said.
As the investigation was only hours old on Thursday, a police spokesman declined to say whether they thought the crash was an accident or a targeted attack.
Protesters protested a decision in Kentucky hours earlier not to charge two police officers involved in the March 1
Wednesday night’s collision was partially filmed in a live Facebook video, as it shows the vehicle moving toward the crowd before a crash and screams were heard.
“Wow, wow, wow, wow!” a male voice shouted near the camera.
The cameraman then races across the square, hoping to catch up with the vehicle before reaching a truck with a female driver inside, stopping and talking on a cell phone.
“So this lady ran over someone, shot her car among a crowd of people,” said the male operator.
The man tried to talk to the woman, who was concentrating on her cell phone conversation.
“You were at a dead stop and you shot him,” he said. “Come on!”
The Taylor and George Floyd police killings in Minneapolis have sparked months of protests against systemic racism.
Niagara Square in Buffalo was the scene of an earlier confrontation between police and protesters when riot police pushed a 75-year-old man who fell back and hit his head on the pavement.
The incident was filmed and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said it “violates our basic sense of decency and humanity.”
“Why, why? Why was this necessary?” Cuomo said at the time. “Where was the threat? Older gentleman, where was the threat? Then you just walk past the man when you see blood coming from his head?”