The video, filmed by protester Ethan Ketner, shows a DPD SUV driving through a crowd of protesters after some climbed onto the hood of the vehicle. After a few seconds, the car accelerated, pushing some protesters and knocking others into the hood.
Two dashcam videos – posted on the department’s Twitter – show what happened from the officers ’point of view. A video was taken from the point of view of the DPD SUV accused of corrupting protesters when the vehicle was surrounded. The video shows protesters surrounding the car and a person standing at the top of the car, signs then covering the dashboard before the vehicle rolls out of the crowd.
The second dashcam video was taken by another nearby police vehicle and partially captured the DPD vehicle in question surrounded by protesters and then driven away.
At least one protester appeared to be left in the hood, attached to the vehicle as he drove away, and was then thrown by him as the vehicle pulled away.
John Roach, Detroit’s media director, Mike Duggan, declined to comment and forwarded all communications about the incident to the police department.
Detroit police chief James Craig addressed the incident at a news conference Monday, noting that investigators were “not at least 24 hours” into the investigation. Preliminarily, however, he defended the officer’s actions in leaving the scene once they were removed from the crowd.
“The officers did it right,” he said. “They certainly left the place and then left to avoid further damage, the protesters were left without further incident.”
The video shows the rear window of the police vehicle intact at about the 14 second mark, 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 rear window, but that there were reports that he was broken by a skateboard. He said the protest to disperse the police was peaceful until protesters surrounded the car.
“We knew then that we would need to not put ourselves in a position where a group of criminals would surround and attack the car,” he said. “In this example, they had anticipated – they were just blocking the way to redirect, but they didn’t think they would have the reaction they had.”
Craig added that the two officers in the car told investigators they believed he was also able to be shot at his, which prompted him to flee the scene. No officers – whether in a car or otherwise patrolling the protests – were injured, he said.
Ketner said the protests were peaceful until four vehicles blocked the protesters ’path, pushing them to surround the vehicles until officers blocked the road.
“Just as we passed all four, the driver turned around and started moving toward us,” Ketner told CNN Monday. “I can’t explain how or why he thought it was a good idea, but that’s what he decided to do. There were other vehicles further on Verner (Highway) and if they had tried to say they did it ( to) pass. we, they could have sent another officer (on the road). “
Ketner said police did not order protesters to drive out of the driveway before the vehicle accelerated into the crowd.
“After that, we had our medic team – volunteers from hospitals across the state coming out – they took all the injured, examined them, cut them and from that point on, all of them who weren’t injured got I was able to walk for another hour, an hour and a half back to the park, “he said.