Two women were seriously injured after being hit by a vehicle that rammed a group of demonstrators near the old Seattle Capitol Organized Protest Zone (CHOP), a state police spokesman, Ron Mead, said.
A 27-year-old suspect was arrested and charges were brought after the incident, which happened around 1:30 p.m. on Saturday. The individual rammed his car into a group of demonstrators after dodging several vehicles placed by the demonstrators to demolish a highway and protect himself.
Several demonstrators were able to avoid the impact, but “unfortunately two were hit by the vehicle,” Mead said at a press conference picked up by CNN. Both were brought to the Harborview Medical Center, according to Seattle Firefighters.
The CHOP zone is a part of downtown Seattle with about six blocks that serves as the starting point for demonstrations against police violence. The police had to leave the Eastern District on June 8 after days of violent clashes with thousands of demonstrators. It was finally dismantled on July 1st.
These protests are part of the wave of demonstrations against institutional racism and police violence that triggered after the death of African-American George Floyd on May 25, who died after nearly nine minutes of drowning by a policeman who locked his neck with his knees and knees had against the floor.