Depending on your point of view, you’ll either find the video below of a Tacoma, Washington police officer ramming his patrol car through a crowd that had surrounded him an act of self-defense or an act of police brutality. WARNING: The video is very graphic and the patrol car clearly runs over at least one individual.
According to The Spokesman-Review Newspaper, based on an interview of the individual [Mark] who took the video, “five to six cars spinning in circles on South 9th Street between the intersections of Court A and Pacific Avenue.”
“A crowd of three dozen people were gathered around the intersection, cheering on the drivers, Mark said. Traffic through the area came to a standstill…
“‘A lot of people swarmed in that direction (of the police car),’ Mark said. ‘They were intending to block him.’
“The officer backed up about three feet and then suddenly accelerated forward, striking several people and knocking four to five of them to the ground. It appears the vehicle then drives over something or somebody. Another video from the same scene and posted to Twitter shows the vehicle driving over a person on the ground.
“Tacoma police spokeswoman Wendy Haddow said police were notified shortly before 7 p.m. Saturday of street racers and a crowd of approximately 100 people blocking streets in the area.
“Haddow said the officer used his car’s bullhorn to address the crowd. The crowd then began pounding on his windows, she said.
“‘He was afraid they would break his glass,’ she said. That prompted him to speed out of the scene for his own safety.”
For more details, go to The Spokesman-Review.
Watch the video below of the officer ramming his patrol car through the crowd and then share your opinion in the comment section. Do you believe the officer acted reasonably and in self-defense? Why or why not?
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— Jason Gauthier (@jasonjgauthier) January 24, 2021