The authorities said early Saturday that two women were hit by a white jaguar whose driver was driving down a Seattle highway due to a protest-related blockage.
A 24-year-old woman from Seattle suffered serious life-threatening injuries, and a 32-year-old woman from Bellingham had serious injuries, said Washington State Patrol captain Ron Mead.
The driver, a 27-year-old from Seattle, was detained, Mead said, adding that impairment was not considered a factor.
The picture above shows the moment just before a white jaguar, racing down the I-5 freeway in Seattle and decommissioned due to protests, collided with two demonstrators on Saturday before dawn
Washington state authorities said they don't think alcohol matters. The investigators are also investigating a possible motive
In the collision, the two women were blown up, leaving one with life-threatening injuries and the other with serious injuries
The picture above shows one of the victims lying on the highway just a few moments after hitting the car
The prosecution continues to be investigated, as is the motive and entry point to the Interstate. However, Mead said the nameless man had received multiple criminal charges and was on the wrong track on a ramp.
The video of the consequences of the collision shows demonstrators catching up with the car and asking the driver to get out.
But the driver who had his hazard lights on goes away.
Mead said the soldiers didn't know if it was a targeted attack.
The video on social media showed a white car driving at high speed and navigating around two vehicles positioned as a barrier across the lanes.
The car raced toward a small crowd of demonstrators on the freeway and hit two people who blew up before landing on the ground.
A nearly two-hour Facebook livestream titled "Black Femme March takes I-5" by Diaz Love ended abruptly. About 15 seconds to go, "Auto!" is heard when the camera begins to shake before tires squeak and the sound of an impact is heard.
The Associated Press couldn't reach her immediately.
After the murder of George Floyd by the police in Minneapolis on May 25, which sparked nationwide protests, Seattle was the scene of ongoing unrest.
Dozens of people were arrested last week in connection with protests, while the demonstrations continue after the authorities cleared the Capitol Hill Occupied Protest zone on Wednesday morning.
Mead said at the press conference that demonstrators had closed the highway for 19 consecutive days.
He stressed that the highway was "simply not a safe place" for pedestrians and hoped that the demonstrators would stop what he called "illegal behavior" when the highway was blocked.
The Washington State Patrol released two pictures (one above) of the white jaguar. The picture shows damage to the front of the vehicle
Investigators are investigating whether the driver has driven around signs that expressly prohibit entry to the highway. Part of it was blocked due to protests
"I hope that as a result of this tragedy, the demonstrators will reconsider their desire to be on the highway because I simply cannot guarantee their safety," said Mead.
The demonstrators were on the freeway for more than an hour before the car drove around the blockade at 1:36 p.m., Mead said.
The state patrol tweeted two pictures of the driver's car, a white jaguar with significant damage to the bumper and windshield.
Seattle police tweeted that they would assist the State Patrol with the scene, as the freeway's southbound lanes remained closed to investigation.
Meanwhile, protests against Black Lives Matter continued across the country on Friday.
Several hundred demonstrators made a peaceful return trip to the St. Louis mansion on Friday, owned by a white couple whose armed defense of their home earned them both contempt and support during an earlier demonstration.
Protesters marched along the busy public boulevard called Kingshighway, which intersects with Portland Place, a private street that houses the Renaissance palazzo-style house of Mark McCloskey (61) and his 63-year-old wife Patricia.
Singing demonstrators stopped in front of the McCloskeys house about 15 minutes on Friday.
The gate that blocked the private road from non-residents and additional metal barriers blocked the entrance to Portland Place, where demonstrators had walked to the nearby mayor's house earlier this week.
A Seattle policeman kneels against the neck of a protester, whom he held at the intersection of Pine and Broadway at around 5:30 p.m. on Thursday
The officer presses his knee against the demonstrator's neck when he arrests him. The protester is heard asking the officer to take his knee off his neck
A Seattle policeman (right) was filmed in the CHOP zone on Thursday afternoon when he toppled and attacked a demonstrator
Inside the gate, more than a dozen plainclothes men walked across the grounds, looking out from a balcony on the second floor of the couple's house.
A protester briefly sat on an iron gate as if jumping over it, but did not. Nobody threw anything and nobody behind the gates showed aggression.
A man on the McCloskeys' balcony clapped with the singing demonstrators.
The racially diverse crowd on Friday bore signs saying "Black Lives Matter", "Defund the Police" and "No Justice, No Peace" and slogans such as "What do we do when black lives are attacked?" Get up, fight back "and" that's what democracy looks like ".
It was not immediately known whether the McCloskeys were at home.
Three police officers in combat gear try to arrest the protester while other demonstrators nearby accuse a police officer of having pressed his knee against the man's neck
Video footage taken before dawn on Thursday shows another Seattle policeman kneeling the neck of a protester near the same downtown intersection
The protesters then went and walked down the busy boulevard lined with condos, upscale homes, and hospitals to Interstate 64.
The police had blocked this road from both directions of traffic and allowed demonstrators to march onto the freeway, where they sat for a few minutes in honor of George Floyd, who was handcuffed and died on May 25 after a white policeman from Minneapolis his knee had been on Floyd's neck for almost eight minutes.
The latest rally organized by the Expect Us group has been part of several protests in St. Louis in the weeks since George Floyd's death in Minneapolis raised long-standing concerns about black policing in the region.
The McCloskeys are personal injury lawyers that suddenly became famous last Sunday.
When an estimated 500 demonstrators marched near their home, the couple heard a loud commotion and saw a large group of people breaking through an iron gate marked "No Trespassing" and "Private Street" according to a police report.
The video, posted online and watched by millions, showed Mark McCloskey with a cross-country weapon and Patricia McCloskey with a small pistol. No shots were fired.
The same video showed the protesters walking through the gate and it was unclear when it was damaged.
Over the course of the day, photos of the meme incident developed on both sides of the arms debate – some supported the McCloskeys as examples of people protecting their own property, others made fun of them for being part of a protest that many considered otherwise peaceful Had drawn weapons.
On Friday, Black Lives Matter protesters returned to the same street where two armed homeowners – Mark and Patricia McCloskey – were standing in front of their house when protesters went to the Mayor of St. Louis, Lyda Krewson, in the Central West End in June from St. Louis marched 28th
Protesters raise their arms as they block an intersection while raising awareness of the racist injustice in St. Louis on Friday
Protesters march behind a gate on a private street in St. Louis on Friday to draw attention to racial injustices
Henry Webber (right) and Christine Jacobs wave from their front stairs as protesters walk past their home on a private road on Friday. The couple lives not far from Mark and Patricia McCloskey, who were seen on the lawn of their mansion with their guns drawn on June 28 as they faced protesters passing by. Webber said he wanted to send another message to the demonstrators
In memory of George Floyd, protesters sit for a few moments on Interstate 64 in St. Louis on Friday. The protest, which was last organized by the Expect Us group, was one of several protests in the weeks since Floyd's death in Minneapolis brought back longstanding concerns about the police treatment of blacks in the United States
Protesters march on the street to raise awareness of racial injustices in St. Louis on Friday
An armed man stands in the back of Mark and Patricia McCloskey's house as protesters march past on Friday without incident
A couple holds hands as they take part in a protest that draws attention to the racist injustice in St. Louis on Friday
A protester beats a drum as he marches on the street to draw attention to the racial injustice in St. Louis on Friday
Protesters walk through the gate of a private street in St. Louis near Mark and Patricia McCloskey's house on Friday
Protesters block a freeway while raising awareness of racial injustices in St. Louis on Friday
The couple's lawyer, Albert Watkins, said they were longtime civil rights activists and supported the message from the Black Lives Matter movement. He said they packed their guns when two or three demonstrators – who were white – violently threatened the couple, their property and that of their neighbors.
Protest organizer Darryl Gray said on Friday, "Are we angry? Damn right, we're angry. But we are non-violent. & # 39;
Sunday demonstrators just passed the McCloskeys on the way to the home of Democratic Mayor Lyda Krewson.
She got angry on June 26 when she read out the names and addresses of several residents who wrote letters asking for the police to be defused.
The group sang: “Resignation, Lyda! Take the cops with you! & # 39; Krewson's house is only a few blocks from the McCloskeys house.
A letter released on Wednesday by more than three dozen of the couple's neighbors condemned the behavior of people who use threats of violence, particularly by swinging firearms, to disrupt peaceful protests, whether in this neighborhood or anywhere in the United States. & # 39;
In Albuquerque, New Mexico, Black Lives Matter protesters blocked a road and caused a traffic jam.
A protester insulted a New York police officer on Friday near the area known as the "City Hall Autonomous Zone" near the town hall in Lower Manhattan
A protester is arrested after spraying pepper on another demonstrator and police near the area on Friday
The "City Hall Autonomous Zone" was established near the City Hall to protest the New York City Police Department and to support the Black Lives Matter
Protesters camp on Friday near the town hall in Lower Manhattan. "You murdered Breonna Taylor" is on a sidewalk. Taylor was a 26-year-old black paramedic who was fatally shot by police in Louisville at her home last March. She executed an arrest warrant because they wrongly suspected that drugs were being used in her home
The demonstrators will be seen in the "City Hall Autonomous Zone" in Lower Manhattan on Friday
Black Lives Matter protesters have called for Mayor Bill de Blasio to cut funds significantly from the New York City Police Department
A protester is arrested after spraying pepper on another demonstrator and the police near the town hall on Friday
A protester blocks the view while another protester was arrested by the NYPD near City Hall on Friday
A protester helps another protester who was sprayed with pepper spray near the lower Manhattan town hall on Friday
Protesters insult and shout NYPD officials after one of them was arrested on Friday near the area known as the "City Hall Autonomous Zone"
A protester insults and yells at NYPD officials after one of them was arrested in Lower Manhattan on Friday
According to KOB4 TV, a small group was walking along an area near Interstate 40 and Louisiana when shops and restaurants were closed on the way.
The police monitored the protests. No incidents were reported.
In New York City, demonstrators continue to camp in the so-called "City Hall Autonomous Zone" or "Occupy City Hall" in Lower Manhattan.
Gothamist said at least two people were arrested by the NYPD near City Hall Park.
One of those detained was a blowhorn protester who spoke to the crowd and read the files of an officer who had various complaints against him.
"While we were exposing him – he (the protester) was right here at the gate to expose him – he ordered officers to come around in combat gear when we protested and talked peacefully," said a witness who was at the protest Instagram video .
A spokesman for the NYPD informed Gothamist that 32-year-old Daniel Mayo from Queens was arrested for "threatening statements".
Another protester, Ryan Minett, a 27-year-old Long Island resident, was also arrested for hindering government administration, behaving in a messy manner, and committing other crimes.
Video uploaded to social media shows protesters reading information about officials accused of misconduct.
The allegations against the officials were read from a website that tracks civil complaints.
In the protest against the town hall, demonstrators covered buildings with graffiti, barricaded subways, left rubbish piles behind and thrown clothes over railings.
Protesters have been in front of City Hall for more than a week as calls for major police reform and NYPD defusion escalated in the weeks following white man Derek Floyd's "murder" of black man George Floyd on Memorial Day Chauvin in Minneapolis.
Demonstrations calling for an end to police brutality and systemic racism show no signs of subsiding in the Big Apple, where Floyd's murder reverts the New Yorkers' outrage after the death of black man Eric Garner in NYPD custody in 2014 kindled.
But in the area in front of City Hall, which the occupiers called "Abolition Park," what started as a meeting call for changes and police reforms has turned into a run-down, smelly area after celebrating $ 1 billion have been removed from the NYPD budget.
In Aurora, Colorado, demonstrators surrounded a police station for hours on Friday evening as protesters vowed to stay there until the city fired two officials who were involved in Elijah McClain's death and are still employed.
The third official, who was involved in the death of the unarmed 23-year-old African-American massage therapist last August, was released on Friday after responding to a text message that included a photo that mocked McClain's death with "HaHa" 9 News TV.
Protesters blocking an exit to the police station that arrested Elijah McClain are covering their ears and expecting police to fire lightning grenades in Aurora, Colorado on Friday
Die Demonstranten schworen, zu bleiben und den Ausgang des Bezirks zu blockieren, bis alle an McClains Tod beteiligten Beamten entlassen worden waren
Der Protestorganisator Joel Northam führt Demonstranten in einem Aufruf zur Kündigung und Verfolgung der Beamten an
Einer der Demonstranten hält ein Schild mit den Namen der Beamten, die an McClains Tod im vergangenen August beteiligt waren
Am Freitag umzingeln Demonstranten das Polizeirevier in Aurora, Colorado, und fordern die Kündigung der an McClains Tod beteiligten Beamten
Die Demonstranten in Aurora, Colorado, halten Schilder und marschieren, während sie am Freitag die Polizei denunzieren
Ein Demonstrant trägt eine Gesichtsmaske, die die Kündigung der Beamten fordert, die Elijah McClain festgenommen haben
Drei Aurora-Beamte wurden am Freitag wegen Fotos entlassen, die zeigen, wie die Polizei einen Chokehold nachstellt, der bei McClain verwendet wurde, der letztes Jahr starb, nachdem ihn die Polizei auf der Straße im Vorort von Denver angehalten hatte.
Einer der Entlassenen ist Jason Rosenblatt, ein weißer Aurora-Offizier, der McClain im August daran gehindert hat, eine Skimaske zu tragen und "misstrauisch" zu sein.
Die Polizei brachte McClain in einen Würgegriff, Sanitäter injizierten ihm ein Beruhigungsmittel und McClain erlitt einen Herzstillstand, bevor er später lebenserhaltend entlassen wurde.
Vanessa Wilson, Interimspolizeipräsidentin von Aurora, sagte Reportern, dass Beamte die Fotos zwei Monate nach McClains Tod an Rosenblatt und andere schickten, um „einen Freund aufzuheitern“, ohne zu erklären, wer das war.
Rosenblatt antwortete mit einem Text: "Haha."
Offizier Nathan Woodyard, der McClain in einen Würgegriff steckte, bekam auch die Fotos, aber er war nicht diszipliniert, weil er nicht antwortete.
"Wir schämen uns, wir sind krank und wir sind wütend", sagte Wilson.
Die Beamten haben möglicherweise kein Verbrechen begangen, aber die Fotos sind "ein Verbrechen gegen die Menschlichkeit und den Anstand", fügte sie hinzu.
Drei Aurora-Beamte wurden am Freitag wegen Fotos entlassen, die zeigen, wie die Polizei einen Chokehold nachstellt, der bei McClain verwendet wurde, der letztes Jahr starb, nachdem ihn die Polizei auf der Straße im Vorort von Denver angehalten hatte
Die drei machten am 20. Oktober 2019 auch ein lächelndes Selfie, nachdem sie sich für die "Nachstellung" von McClains Mord in Colorado ausgaben
Jason Rosenblatt, der im vergangenen August an McClains tödlicher Verhaftung beteiligt war, wurde am Freitag entlassen, weil er ein Foto erhalten hatte, auf dem McClains Mord nachgestellt wurde
Elijah McClain, 23, was killed by three white police officers in Colorado in August after someone called 911, saying he 'looked sketchy' and was wearing a ski mask and waving his arms
McClain’s death has become a rallying cry amid a national reckoning over police brutality and racial injustice, with the state reopening the case for possible criminal charges and federal officials looking into a civil rights investigation.
In several places, the chokehold has been banned and other police reforms passed after nationwide protests.
McClain’s family, friends and community activists noted during a rally that justice was swifter for the mocking photograph than the use of force that led to McClain’s death.
The two other officers who stopped the young man are still on the force as authorities look again into possible criminal charges after clearing them last year.
'Rosenblatt got fired not for killing Elijah, not for murdering Elijah, but for making fun of Elijah,' said Terrence Roberts, a community organizer and family friend.
'That is the culture that we're fighting, where a police officer can murder a black man, a black child, and keep his job and stay on the force so he can go make fun of this child.'
Officers Kyle Dittrich, Erica Marrero and Jaron Jones – none of whom confronted McClain in August – smiled and mockingly placed each other in a chokehold in the photos taken in October near a memorial for McClain.
An officer reported the photos to a sergeant late last month, and an internal investigation began.
Rosenblatt, Dittrich and Marrero were fired for conduct unbecoming of an officer. Jones resigned earlier this week.
The Aurora Police Association called the investigation 'a rush to judgment.'
Die Gewerkschaft der Beamten sagte auf Facebook, dass die Untersuchung neun Tage dauerte, während ein Standardfall für innere Angelegenheiten Monate dauerte.
Several police agencies have taken swift action to punish officers, including those involved in George Floyd’s death May 25 in Minneapolis that ushered in global demonstrations.
Sheneen McClain (right) is hugged by family attorney Mari Newman (left) at the memorial site across the street from where McClain's 23-year-old son, Elijah, was stopped by Aurora, Colorado, police officers while walking home as family members hold a news conference on Friday
Protesters gather at the site where Elijah McClain was arrested and march to the precinct where the officers who arrested him are stationed to demand their termination and prosecution
A protester lays flowers at a memorial for Elijah McClain at the site where he was arrested in Aurora, Colorado, on Friday
Protesters gather at the site where Elijah McClain was arrested and march to the precinct where the officers who arrested him are stationed to demand their termination and prosecution on Friday
Protesters unfurl a Black Lives Matter banner during a march to the police precinct in Aurora, Colorado, on Friday
A protester raises a sign which reads 'I'm just different' during a march from the site of McClain's arrest to the precinct where the officers involved in his death are stationed
For Elijah McClain’s mother, Sheneen McClain, 'it was just devastating to see that people were mocking the murder of her son,' family attorney Mari Newman said.
'The fact that three on-duty, in-uniform police officers thought that it was appropriate to reenact the murder, jokingly, shows that the department is rotten to the core,' she said.
Facing increasing pressure as celebrities and others on social media called for justice, Colorado Governor Jared Polis last week ordered the state attorney general to reopen McClain’s case.
The officers stopped McClain, a massage therapist, after a 911 call on August 24 reported him as suspicious because he was wearing a ski mask and flailing his arms.
He begged them repeatedly to let go of him, according to body-camera video.
After the chokehold that cut off blood to his brain, paramedics administered 500 milligrams of a sedative to calm him down.
A forensic pathologist could not determine what exactly led to McClain's death but said physical exertion during the confrontation likely contributed.
A prosecutor said he didn't pursue criminal charges against the officers because the pathologist wasn’t able to determine if their actions caused McClain’s death.
District Attorney Dave Young recently called the young man’s death 'tragic and unnecessary' but defended his decision.
Police body-camera video shows an officer getting out of his car, approaching McClain and saying, 'Stop right there. Stop. Stop. … I have a right to stop you because you’re being suspicious.'
In the video, the officer turns McClain around and repeats, 'Stop tensing up.'
As McClain tries to escape the officer's grip, the officer says, 'Relax, or I’m going to have to change this situation.'
As other officers join to restrain McClain, he begs them to let go and says, 'You guys started to arrest me, and I was stopping my music to listen.'
Aurora police have said McClain refused to stop walking and fought back when officers tried to take him into custody.
In the video, McClain tells officers: 'Let go of me. I am introverted. Please respect the boundaries that I am speaking.'
The United States Attorney’s Office, the U.S. Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division and the FBI announced this week they are looking into whether to launch a civil rights investigation.
Federal authorities said they also were considering an investigation into the photos.
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