At some point, the crowd started closing in on the police officer’s SUV, with pedestrians banging on the windows and kicking the outside of the vehicle. In a statement, the police said that the officer drove into the mass of people, “striking one individual and may have impacted others” in an attempt to get out of the “unsafe position.”
“People hit the body of the police vehicle and its windows as the officer was stopped in the street,” the Tacoma police said. “The officer, fearing for his safety, tried to back up, but was unable to do so because of the crowd.”
In the clip, the officer revs up and drives forward, at which point the SUV runs over someone laying in the street. Still, the officer continues to drive. A person can be heard in the background screaming, “Oh my god, oh my god.”
Interim Tacoma Police Chief Mike Ake said he is “committed” to the department fully complying with an investigation into the incident. “I am concerned that our department is experiencing another use of deadly force incident,” he said, per NBC News. Authorities from Pierce County are spearheading an independent probe into the incident.
At least one person was transported to the hospital, and their condition is currently not known.
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