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Pedestrian run over by Tacoma police officer surrounded by crowd

Pedestrian run over by Tacoma police officer surrounded by crowd


A Tacoma police officer whose SUV was surrounded by a crowd was seen on camera running over a pedestrian Saturday night.

The incident was captured on camera and distributed on social media.

Since then, an angry group of protesters has gathered near where the accident happened.Tacoma police officer Wendy Haddow said officers were called to Ninth South and Pacific where cars were blocking the intersection and doing burnouts and doughnuts. A crowd of about 100 people had gathered to watch.

A Tacoma police officer who arrived soon found himself surrounded by people who were banging on the windows and SUV in a threatening way, Haddow said. Some of the SUV’s windows may have been broken.

As the officer tried to move out of the crowd, he backed up, but was unable to get out, so he drove forward.

Haddow said she believed a man fell under the SUV as it moved forward and was run over. She said he was taken to a local hospital with minor injuries.

Video posted to Twitter showed a person under the police SUV as it drove away.

A second video posted on Twitter showed a car doing doughnuts shortly before an officer arrived. When the police SUV arrived, it appeared to drive through a crowd, knocking several people over, before pursuing the drivers who had blocked the intersection.

KIRO 7 spoke with two women who said a group of people were hit by the officer.

Since then, a group of people who are angry about what happened gathered and are yelling at officers with a bullhorn. Officers are telling the group to disperse.

Reporter Ryan Simms will be live at 11 p.m. talking to witnesses about what they say happened and giving updates on the protest.

Tacoma police say the incident is under review.

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