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A Boston Globe investigation found cars have rammed into protests at least 139 times since George Floyd’s death

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A memorial of flowers and candles is pictured in Westlake Park to honor the two victims hit by a car during a recent protest, including Summer Taylor, who died yesterday, and Diaz Love, who is in serious condition in the hospital, on July 5, 2020 in Seattle, Washington. A driver struck the protesters on Interstate 5 in Seattle.
A memorial of flowers and candles is pictured in Westlake Park to honor the two victims hit by a car during a recent protest, including Summer Taylor, who died yesterday, and Diaz Love, who is in serious condition in the hospital, on July 5, 2020 in Seattle, Washington. A driver struck the protesters on Interstate 5 in Seattle.

  • Since George Floyd’s murder, at least three protesters have died in car-ramming incidents.
  • Less than half of the car-ramming incidents examined by the Boston Globe resulted in charges.
  • Several states have recently considered bills that protect drivers who hit or kill protesters.

Since the murder of George Floyd on May 25, 2020, at least 139 drivers have rammed their vehicles into protests, resulting in hundreds of injuries and three deaths, according to a Boston Globe investigation of research data and local news coverage on the trend.

Most individuals behind the wheel of these incidents have gone largely unpunished: 65 of the 139 incidents analyzed by the Globe resulted in charges, and only four drivers were convicted of a felony.

More than a dozen states have recently considered bills protecting drivers that hit or kill protesters since the trend has escalated, the Globe reported.

“They pick and choose who the law protects,” Thomas Ryan Knight told the Globe. Knight was at a Black Lives Matter protest in Oklahoma six days after Floyd’s death when he was struck by a pickup truck and paralyzed, according to the Tulsa World.

“I just don’t want what happened to me to happen to anybody else, regardless of what they believe in,” Knight told the Globe.

Since the incident, Oklahoma passed a law penalizing protesters who block public roadways and protecting drivers who are “fleeing from a riot” and unwittingly hit or kill a protester with their car, so long as they have “reasonable belief” they are in danger.

Read the original article on Business Insider
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