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Tacoma Police officer rams auto through crowd, runs over one person

Tacoma Police officer rams auto through crowd, runs over one person

Dozens of protesters gathered in Tacoma, Wash., Sunday night at the same location where a police cruiser reportedly plowed into a group of pedestrians after responding to reports of street-racing in the area.

One of the videos shared online was recorded by Mark Mathura who was at dinner with friends nearby.

Footage out of Tacoma, Washington shows a police SUV plowing through a group of people on the street, and running over an individual.

Tacoma Police and other law enforcement officers stand in an intersection near the site of a auto crash Saturday, Jan. 23, 2021, in downtown Tacoma, Wash.

Puyallup Police Capt. Dan Pashon, who is part of the team investigating the incident, told KOMO that two people were transported to the hospital.

The Tacoma Police Department statement said the crowd surrounded the vehicle, and people "hit the body of the police vehicle and its windows as the officer was stopped in the street".

Protesters set a large fire, damaged buildings and marched with signs late Sunday in response to a police vehicle driving through a crowd in Washington state the day before, leaving at least two people injured.

From the opposite side of the incident, a third video shows the person emerging from under the patrol unit as the driver speeds away. "The officer had his lights and sirens activated", the statement continued.

People across the world took to the streets past year to demonstrate their anger at the death of George Floyd, a black man who died in police custody in Minneapolis, and to demand an end to police brutality and what they see as systemic racism. "The officer stopped at a point of safety and called for medical aid".

The Tacoma Police Department has turned the investigation over to the Pierce County Force Investigation Team, according to KIRO-TV.

The dramatic incident unfolded in Tacoma in the USA state of Washington on the evening of January 24, leaving at least one person injured.

There were no known injuries from the demonstration, police said in a tweet, adding that the protest was cleared around 11 p.m. The officer was not identified by police. Interim Tacoma Police Chief Mike Ake said he is "committed" to the department's full cooperation into an investigation into the incident.