By Laura Haefeli

ROSEVILLE (CBS13) – A car drove into a group of protesters in Roseville Monday, and the dangerous incident was caught on traffic video.

A group of protesters was at Royer Park on Monday when a smaller group went to the roundabout at Washington Boulevard and Oak Street where they began blocking vehicles and holding up signs, according to a statement from the Roseville Police Department.

“A group of demonstrators were blocking a vehicle and that vehicle attempted to push through,” Roseville police spokesperson Rob Baquera said.

Protesters claim they were just trying to cross the street when the car nearly ran them over.

“Somebody really could’ve gotten hurt,” protester Kourtney Greene said.

Some of the protesters stood in front of a black vehicle, and at one point, a protester appears to lean on the front of the vehicle. The vehicle then accelerated forward through the group, forcing them aside, and drove away. Police did not say whether any of the protesters were injured.

The group gathered to protest racial injustice.

It’s something that’s become all too common during protest times, demonstrators putting themselves in the path of oncoming traffic. So who’s at fault?

Law professor John Myers saw the video and says he noticed it was clear her true intent was not to run the protestors over.

“If she put her foot on the gas and went straight and ran them over then that, I’m pretty sure, would be charged criminally. She turned the wheel after she was able to go forward,” Myers said.

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Organizers in Roseville say they know what they are getting into while protesting, but that the car could have been more patient as they crossed the street.

“As uncomfortable as they might feel for delayed traffic, that’s a minor fraction of how black people have felt living in America,” organizer Marissa Hardy said.

Police say their officers arrived on the scene and put traffic safety measures in place until the protesters left. The police department is investigating this incident and says it will forward its finding to the Placer County District Attorney’s Office for review.

Watch the traffic video below.

Comments (12)
  1. nanya says:

    LOVE IT, NO REASON TO THREATEN SOMEONE IF YOU DONT KNOW HOW TO PROTEST. GET OUT OF THE WAY OR GET RUN OVER, WE GOT JOBS AND LIVES AND TAXES TO PAY FOR YOUR LIVING.

  2. kk says:

    some dangerous stuff right there. people have the freedom to protest, but right now, there are a bunch of loonies who will run you over.

    1. The so-called ‘protesters’ are the animals who are assaulting and terrorizing people in their cars. Get the hell out of the road or we’ll start rolling through with guns to clear the streets.

  3. Fred Smith says:

    Arrest the protestors for false arrest, which is defined as is defined as “the unlawful violation of the personal liberty of another.” This occurs when one person restrains, detains, or confines another person without his/her consent.

  4. Required says:

    “Crossing the street.” When you’re crossing the street, you walk across….not stand in the middle. These people were purposefully being obnoxious.

  5. Brandon says:

    Toyota Scion xB, CA 6ALE932 Plate, source: https://youtu.be/6M004b3g8dg

    1. Anon says:

      Thanks, Karen.

  6. Tommy says:

    First off: I am not neither white nor black.

    That is not crossing the street, that is blocking traffic. She honked her horn to let you know to get out of the street, she let the car roll with her foot on the brakes. The crowd did not move and got more angry. Crowd was lucky to not get hurt. Arrest those protesters that are blocking traffic (especially the one striking her car with his fist), there is video footage https://youtu.be/6M004b3g8dg. Thanks Brandon for the link.

    I was a strong supporter the week of Floyd’s death. However, with recent events of destruction and obstruction, I am no longer supporting this movement. It is obvious to me that people are abusing this time to promote their own agendas such as looting stores and causing chaos.

  7. William Maxwell says:

    Crossing the street?!! LOL!! I’m all for peaceful protesting but sheesh.

  8. XYZ says:

    This is the DIRECT result of Soros’s white money to equally complexioned destructive ppl – bent on DESTROYING OUR COMMUNITIES. Ppl of COLOR are doubly angry that Causcasian Soros CEO of Antifa and his liberal pols in Sacto have totally HIJACKED the BLM movement nation wide and are PAYING their own PPL to destroy all of us. Stop this now, or else.

  9. XYZ says:

    That Roseville antifa “protestor” is the same one that gave ppl of color the stink eye on the street, in stores. The most racist thing a white person can do is hijack the BLM movement to gratify their own psychoses. Just remember it was a HWITE WOMAN who burned down that Wendy’s. BLM my ash. The blacks there backed off when they saw her.

  10. Janice Kay Sexton says:

    She should not be in trouble..she was frighten like I would be..you do not know if they are going to hurt you,.rob you are what …They need to stay off the roads …

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