A car has driven into a crowd of protesters in Times Square, New York City, according to a video posted by one of the witnesses on late Thursday.
The footage captures protesters buzzing, with some bicyclists standing in front of the black Taurus sedan and apparently trying to prevent it from moving. The car then honks and drives ahead into the crowd.
Car drives through protesters, Times Square, New York City, Thursday, September 3, 2020 pic.twitter.com/yMadwNYJSI
— DataInput (@datainput) September 4, 2020
Shortly after the footage began circulating online, Twitter users began claiming the Ford Taurus was an unmarked police car. The New York Police Department denied those reports. An NYPD spokesperson also told the Gothamist that the driver has yet to be apprehended.
There is an ongoing investigation into an incident in Times Square involving a black Taurus sedan. This auto is NOT an NYPD vehicle. pic.twitter.com/kBGuXhFtP1
— NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) September 4, 2020
“My office is looking into tonight’s incident in Times Square,” NYC council member Keith Powers tweeted. “Hoping everyone is safe. Using a vehicle to hurt peaceful protesters is unacceptable and must be stopped.”