The video, shot by protester Ethan Ketner, shows a DPD SUV moving through a crowd of protesters after some people got on the hood of the vehicle. After a few seconds, the car accelerates, hitting some protesters back and throwing others into the hood.
Two dashcam videos – posted on the department’s Twitter – show what happened to the officers. A video has been taken of the advantage of a DPD SUV accused of running protesters when the vehicle is surrounded. The video shows protesters surrounding the car and a person sitting at the top of the car, signs then covering the dashboard before the vehicle goes off through the crowd.
The second video of the camera was taken by another police vehicle nearby and partially captures the DPD vehicle surrounded by protesters and then accelerates.
At least one protester appears to be staying in the hood, hanging from the vehicle as he accelerates, and is later thrown from it as the car moves away.
John Roach, the media director of Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, declined to comment and referred any communications about the incident to police.
Detroit Police Chief James Craig spoke about the incident in a Monday press conference, noting that investigators did not “do even 24 hours” in the investigation. He initially defended the actions of the officers who left the scene when they were removed from the crowd.
“The officers did the right thing,” he said. “Certainly they left the site and after they left to avoid any further damage, the protesters then left without further incident.”
The video shows the rear window of the police vehicle intact at about 14 seconds, but 30 seconds later, it appears to have a large hole in it. Craig said that, at this point, the video analysis does not show what broke the back window, but that there were reports that it was broken by a skateboard. He said the protest to remove the police was peaceful until protesters surrounded the car.
“We knew then that we should not put ourselves in a position where a group of criminals would surround and attack the car,” he said. “In that case, I was expecting – they’re just blocking the way to redirection, but they didn’t think they would get the reaction they got.”
Craig added that the two officers told the investigators that they believed they might have been shot, which prompted them to leave the scene. No officers – either in the car or otherwise patrolling the protests – were injured, he said.
Ketner said the protests were peaceful until four cars blocked the protesters’ route, prompting them to surround the vehicles until officers made their way.
“Just as we were all four, the driver turned and started walking towards us,” Kettner told CNN on Monday. “I can’t explain how or why he thought it was a good idea, but he decided to do it. There were other vehicles farther away on Verner (Highway) and if they tried to claim that they did it (to) overtake us, they could have sent another officer (on the street). “
Kettner said police did not order protesters to leave before the vehicle accelerated.
“After that, we had our team of doctors – volunteers from hospitals across the state who came out – they took all the injured, examined them, repaired them and from that point on, all those who were not injured were able to walk for another hour,” he said. an hour and a half back in the park, “he said.