Watch as a New York Police Department vehicle drives right into a crowd of rioters in the city:
The officers were driving at low speed and given the violence inflicted on law enforcement as a result of the riots, one can’t blame these cops for not wanting to be victims of the mob.
Here’s more on the incident from ABC News:
The incident occurred on the evening of May 30 as demonstrations were taking place across the city in reaction to the death of George Floyd at the hands of four Minneapolis police officers early last week.
The video, which was filmed near the intersection of Flatbush Avenue and St. Marks Avenue just a few blocks away from Prospect Park in Brooklyn, shows a New York Police Department SUV being blocked by a group of protesters behind a barricade as various items and objects can be seen striking the vehicle.
Another NYPD police SUV then pulls up alongside the first vehicle before both of them can be seen accelerating into the crowd of people knocking many of them over as the screaming and yelling from the crowd begins to intensify.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio was asked about the incident at a late night press conference and said that the officers did what they needed to do to get out of that situation.
“It is inappropriate for protesters to surround a police vehicle and threatened police officers. That is wrong on its face. That has not happened in the history of protests in this city. I have been watching protests for decades, people don’t do that. It is clear that a different element has come into play here,” said de Blasio.
“They are trying to hurt police officers and trying to damage their vehicles,” de Blasio continued. “And if the police officers are in that situation they have to get out of that situation. I wish the officers had not done that, but I also understood they did not start the situation, the situation was started by protesters converging on a police vehicle, attacking that vehicle. It is unacceptable … Protests in New York City do not look like this.”
The surprising thing here is that leftist New York City mayor Bill de Blasio supported the actions of the officers, rather than condemning them.
Of course socialist superstar Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was not as supportive:
“NYPD officers just drove an SUV into a crowd of human beings. They could‘ve killed them, &we don’t know how many they injured. NO ONE gets to slam an SUV through a crowd of human beings.
@NYCMayor these officers need to be brought to justice, not dismissed w/“internal reviews,” she tweeted.