Dash-cam footage released of Sacramento protester hit by patrol car

From Reuters - April 2, 2018

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Dashboard-camera footage of a patrol car striking a Sacramento, California, demonstrator during a march over the shooting of a young black man was released on Monday, and the sheriff said it was not clear from the images if the deputy was aware of the collision.

The video footage appears to show the protester, Wanda Cleveland, moving in front of a sheriffs department vehicle, possibly to show the deputies inside a sign she is holding.

Cleveland, a well-known local activist, then tries to scramble out of the way as the squad car moves slowly forward and is struck a glancing blow.

There is a high likelihood that he didnt even know that he collided with that protester, Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones said at a news conference. Jones conceded that he was only speculating and had not spoken to the deputy who drove the car.

Cleveland, 61, was treated at a local hospital for minor injuries and has since been released.

A lawyer for Cleveland, Mark Reichel, said it was not possible that the deputy did not see his client, whom he claimed was trying to get to a sidewalk at the time.

It appears from all evidence that he hit her intentionally. He drove away from an injured woman intentionally, Reichel said in a written statement, adding that Cleveland would not speak to police or the media.


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