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Dramatic footage captured a driver in Los Angeles making his way through a group of Black Lives Matter protesters who took control of the street, only to be attacked by the raging mob.
The driver did not appear to hit any protesters and was fortunate to escape the raging mob, but he was later taken into custody by the Los Angeles Police Department.
After the white Prius made its way through the crowd — the driver didn’t appear to be in a hurry, though he may have been trying to obey the speed limit — a pickup truck driven by someone with the protesters took pursuit and managed to stop the vehicle.
The mob violently attacked the Prius and tried to pull the driver out, but he managed to eventually leave the scene.
Footage of the dramatic scene was shared online by ABC News:
Aerial footage shows car driving through a crowd of protesters in Hollywood, before being chased down and attacked by people in another vehicle.
The driver was detained by police. https://t.co/aixoVqC9fn pic.twitter.com/eecAcK2ces
— ABC News (@ABC) September 25, 2020
The motorist is later seen being taken into custody.
While ABC edited it out, he was the subject of a felony traffic stop, where a suspect is instructed to put his hands above his head and walk backward to officers.
The full LAPD stop is seen at the end of footage shared by Robby Starbuck:
So the mob blocks the streets in LA, driver drives through pretty carefully with strobe flashing, the mob chases after him in multiple vehicles, box driver in, beat him, smash his car, driver escapes before they pull him out and police arrest the driver?! pic.twitter.com/ZfV6nSABGP
— Robby Starbuck (@robbystarbuck) September 25, 2020
The LAPD released a statement saying an investigation “is continuing,” though the department did not identify the driver or say he was arrested on any charges.
The statement said that while there were “no injuries” in the incident, it detailed an earlier incident where a blue pickup truck maneuvered through the crowd and struck a protester, who was taken to the hospital with minor injuries.
The LAPD is are aware of an incident in Hollywood involving several vehicles and a large group of protestors. Here is the information we can verify at this time. pic.twitter.com/ttqpnziVo8
— LAPD HQ (@LAPDHQ) September 25, 2020
The earlier incident involving the blue pickup was captured on camera and is seen below.
*Caution: Disturbing Content
Content warning. Protesters get struck by car during Hollywood march/protest #losangeles #protest #hollywood pic.twitter.com/MJfParkHsS
— Jessica (@jessicarayerog1) September 25, 2020
The LAPD statement did not say why the Black Lives Matter mob was permitted to commandeer a city street.
Had the mob been successful in pulling the driver out of the vehicle, it’s not out of the question to think he may have been beaten to death in the street.
This is Los Angeles, after all, where truck driver Reginald Denny was beaten within an inch of his life during the 1992 riots as his attackers celebrated the vicious assault.
Being confronted in your vehicle by a raging mob is a very real possibility in post-Obama America, and actor James Woods posted an online poll on the issue.
“If violent rioters attack you[r] car with your family aboard, which would you do?” the outspoken conservative actor asked.
With 57,698 responses in as of this writing, a whopping 95.7% of respondents said they would hit the gas.
If violent rioters attack you car with your family aboard, which would you do?
— James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) September 25, 2020
Of course, that’s an easy decision to make when sitting safely behind a keyboard.
However, for those who don’t exercise their Second Amendment rights, hitting the gas may be the only alternative to leaving their fate, and possibly the fate of their family, in the hands of a violent mob.
Here’s a sampling of responses to the story from Twitter:
Sounds like what I watched on video. I certainly hope the Prius driver was “detained” for his own safety, not for doing anything wrong. He was lucky to get out alive. I’m old enough to remember Reginald Denny get pulled out of his truck on live TV. Please protect the innocents.
— Truth Over Propaganda (@Warrior4Reality) September 25, 2020
Just in case you didn’t catch the lesson at school, this is what democracy looks like. Call it popular sovereignty or majority rule if you like. Rule of law, not of votes, is a protection, but when immorality rules the streets, there will never be enough police to protect you.
— East Side Tea Party (@EastSideTea) September 25, 2020
😰I’m Italo/Egyptian and I’ve always dreamt to move to US one day and become American. 🔹 It’s so sad to watch what’s happening now, if American values perish, all I see is darkness for the world a future
— Omar Elfishawi (@idbeentaken8) September 25, 2020
This is crazy. Why are the cops looking the other way first and then all of a sudden are there to arrest this driver, who was very lucky to get away. It could have played out way worse.
— FRVDG01 (@RVDG01) September 25, 2020
Easy to say, but I almost got trapped on the freeway at 9:30 last night. No idea what was going on, just suddenly brake lights. Was able to get off at nearby exit…only to see mob at bottom of ramp; they were also blocking fwy. Took cops an hour to clear.
— Hurly Burly 2020 (@Ljpearlson) September 25, 2020
And to be clear. I think the driver is innocent but the mob who blocked hounded, intimidated, smashed up his car and threatened the drivers life all deserve to go to jail. That’s not peaceful or protesting.
— netjunkie (@n3tjunki3) September 25, 2020
This is so crazy.the road is meant to be used by cars, not crazy mobs who blocks the traffic. Arrest them all!
I also have a feeling this pushes more ppl to vote Trump.
— LiquidP (@wwy117) September 25, 2020
All I see are terrorists trying to murder a driver.
— Miguel (@KustomElvis) September 25, 2020
Reginald Denny. Pulled from his truck in Rodney King riots. Beaten and skull bashed in.
— Leslie Bigos (@witnesstoevents) September 25, 2020
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