Tacoma police officer drives through crowd, leaving at least one person injured, dicono i funzionari

A Tacoma, Washington, police officer is under investigation after he drove his vehicle into a crowd, running over at least one person and possibly striking others, according to a press release from the Tacoma Police Department.

Along with other police units, the officer was responding to reports of an incident at the intersection of South 9th and Pacific Avenue in Tacoma Saturday night around 6:20 p.m., ha detto il comunicato. Once on scene, the officers found a number of vehicles and approximately 100 people blocking the intersection, which they began to clearfor the safety of those gathered and people trying to use the street,” ha detto il comunicato.
The crowd then surrounded one of the police vehicles and began hitting the vehicle and its windows while its lights and sirens were activated, secondo la polizia. The officer inside the SUV tried to back up, secondo la dichiarazione, but was not able to because of the crowd.
Fearing for his safety,” diceva la dichiarazione, “the officer drove forward striking one individual and may have impacted others,” while trying to get out of theunsafe position.Once the officer wasat a point of safety,” police say he called for medical aid.
    The officer was not identified in the police statement.
    The Pierce County Force Investigation Team is investigating the incident, diceva la dichiarazione.

    Crowd pounded on officer’s car

    Secondo reporting from The News Tribune, Tacoma police spokesperson Wendy Haddow said the crowd was pounding on the windows of the officer’s vehicle. “He was afraid they would break his glass,” lei disse, prompting him to speed away from the scene.
    Una persona, whose condition is unknown, was taken to a local hospital following the incident, secondo la polizia. Haddow told The New Tribune one person sustained a laceration in the collision and was transported to a local hospital, il giornale ha riportato.
    In at least one graphic video of the incident circulating on social media, the police vehicle, with lights and sirens on, can be seen slowly moving closer to the crowd gathered in front of the vehicle. An engine is heard revving in the background and the vehicle backs up and then accelerates forward into the crowd, knocking several people to the ground.
    The vehicle slows down slightly and it appears to bounce while driving over something before continuing through the intersection. The back tires of the vehicle can be seen rolling over someone laying in the street.
    A second video shows a white car doing donuts in the middle of the intersection and driving off just as police arrive on the scene, moments before the police vehicle is seen driving through the crowd.
    In another video, the sound of an engine revving is followed by a series of thuds and an individual exclaiming twice, “Dannazione, they’re hitting a cop car.Moments later an engine is heard revving again and people scatter and begin to scream, “Oh mio Dio! Oh mio Dio!” ripetutamente. A few seconds later, a smaller crowd is seen forming around what appears to be someone laying on the ground.
    I am concerned that our department is experiencing another use of deadly force incident,” Tacoma interim police Chief Mike Ake said in the press release.
      I send my thoughts to anyone who was injured in tonight’s event and am committed to our department’s full cooperation in the independent investigation and to assess the actions of the department’s response during the incident,” Egli ha detto.
      Tacoma City Manager Elizabeth Pauli told The News Tribune the officer will be placed on leave.

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