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Video appears to show Detroit police car driving into protesters

June 30, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

A Detroit Police Department vehicle appears to plow into protesters at a "Your Fight is My Fight!" march on Sunday night, a video obtained by CNN shows.

(CNN)A Detroit Police Department vehicle appears to plow into protesters at a "Your Fight is My Fight!" march on Sunday night, a video obtained by CNN shows.

The video, filmed by protester Ethan Ketner, shows a DPD SUV drive through a crowd of protesters after some climbed onto the hood of the vehicle.

After a few seconds, the car speeds up, knocking some protesters back and flinging others onto the hood.

At least one protester appears to be left on the hood, hanging on to the vehicle as it speeds away, and is later thrown from it as the car drives off.

"The officers did the right thing," he said.

The video shows the police vehicle's rear window intact at around the 14-second mark, but 30 seconds later, it appears to have a large hole in it.

Craig said that, at this point, video analysis does not show what broke the rear window, but that there were reports it was broken by a skateboard.

He said the protest to defund the police was peaceful until demonstrators surrounded the car.

"We knew then that we needed to not put ourselves in a position where a group of criminals would surround and attack the car," he said.

Craig added that the two officers in the car told investigators they believed they were possibly being shot at, which prompted them to flee the scene.

No officers -- whether in the car or otherwise patrolling the protests -- were injured, he said.

Ketner said the protests had been peaceful until four cars blocked the protesters' route, prompting them to surround the vehicles until officers cleared the way.

Ketner said police did not instruct the protesters to move out of the way before the vehicle accelerated into the crowd.

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