As the Michael Brown #Ferguson marches and protests continue, so too does the tactic of spilling into busy streets. But after cases of assault such as this, this, and this, motorists are starting to fear for their own safety when they get caught up in the middle of these marches. This past Saturday, December 13th, one such driver in Portland, Oregon feared for his safety and that of his family, and hit the gas as protesters began to surround his car, injuring one protester.
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The aftermath was captured on video by Kif Davis, of Film The Police Portland.
The driver, Thomas Munsey, called police after he had left the area, to explain what had happened and why he left. Meanwhile, the protester, Julian Rist, suffered an injury to his foot and was cited by police for “improper position on a highway.” It is unknown if Munsey was cited or charged with anything.
This is similar to the situation that developed in Minneapolis last month, as a driver barreled over protesters in an attempt to escape the mob that was attacking the car.