2 vehicles plow through Hollywood crowd protesting Breonna Taylor’s killing; at least 1 struck

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At least one person was injured after two vehicles plowed through a crowd of demonstrators in Hollywood, where 300 protesters were demanding justice for Breonna Taylor.

Sky5 was overhead as a Ford pickup truck drove by a large group of people walking down the 6500 block of Sunset Boulevard between Seward Street and Schrader Boulevard at 8:54 p.m.

The driver can then be seen striking at least one person. Then crowds start hitting the vehicle and running after it.

“Shortly after 9:00 pm a blue pick-up truck traveling on Sunset maneuvered through the crowd and become involved in an altercation,” the Los Angeles Police Department said in a written statement. “As the driver attempted to get away from the situation, he struck a protestor standing in the street.”

The vehicle continued driving, and a green convertible Mustang could be seen following it for some time until police caught up.

At least one person was injured after a truck plowed through a crowd of demonstrators in Hollywood, protesting the killing of Breonna Taylor on Sept. 24, 2020. (KTLA)
At least one person was injured after a truck plowed through a crowd of demonstrators in Hollywood, protesting the killing of Breonna Taylor on Sept. 24, 2020. (KTLA)

The driver eventually pulled over about three minutes later, exiting the vehicle and surrendering to police. The man was taken into custody moments later.

One person was taken to a local hospital in an ambulance, according to Los Angeles Fire Department spokesperson Nicholas Prange. The individual had minor injuries, police said.

Around 9:30 p.m., a white Prius also drove through a crowd of demonstrators near Sunset and Cahuenga boulevards and then sped off.

Another black pick-up truck pulled up in front of the Prius, stopping it in its tracks.

Someone got out of the truck and went up to the Prius’ window, reaching in and trying to get the driver to stop. The Prius managed to backup but hit another car behind it — which appeared to be the same Mustang that followed the first truck.

The Prius managed to get away but the driver was detained several blocks away, police said.

Both vehicles that pinned the Prius were participating in the protest, officials said.

There were no injuries associated with the second incident, according to LAPD.

Prange said LAFD paramedics were not called to any other incidents involving the protest Thursday night.

“All of the drivers and victims involved in both altercations have been identified by Hollywood Officers and the investigation is continuing,” the department said.

Demonstrators had gathered at Hollywood Forever Cemetery starting at 7 p.m. to decry Wednesday’s decision not to prosecute Kentucky police officers for killing Taylor.

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