A driver in Iowa tried to get through a throng of violent pro-abortion protesters Friday night with his truck but was swarmed and blocked resulting in him allegedly striking two of them and running over someone’s foot.
Out of apparent fear of violence, the driver allegedly drove slowly through the activists in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. They were chasing the truck, pounding on it, and yelling at the driver, trying to force him to stop. The Daily Mail claimed the driver “plowed through” the protesters.
One witness, who goes by the name Lyz Lenz, noted that everyone appeared to be okay, but one of the demonstrators had her foot run over.
She proceeded to post a number of videos that showed the incident from various angles. Others did as well. Some of them show the protesters hammering the truck in anger.
**WARNING: DISTURBING VIDEO**
Everyone seems to be okay. One woman had her foot run over. But it was terrifying.
— Lyz Lenz (@lyzl) June 25, 2022
This a video of a truck running down two peaceful protesters at a pro-abortion march in Cedar Rapids, Iowa pic.twitter.com/UX7xZfu8VU
— Lyz Lenz (@lyzl) June 25, 2022
Video courtesy Rachel Klosak shows the moments after a truck drove through a crosswalk where several pro-choice protesters were walking in Cedar Rapids. A witness says the driver of the truck ripped signs out of people's hands as he drove by, running over one person's foot. pic.twitter.com/9quiuwZuMQ
— Nick Stewart (@NStewCBS2) June 25, 2022
Other witnesses to the altercation can be heard yelling at the pro-abortion protesters to “Get out of the road!” and “Stop doing this!”
I'm sorry. These videos are upsetting. But here is another one. pic.twitter.com/l6mr6YrlpM
— Lyz Lenz (@lyzl) June 25, 2022
“Lenz claims two women were crossing the street, using a crosswalk, outside the U.S. District Court Federal Court House in Cedar Rapids, and one of them got her foot run over,” CBS 2 Iowa reported.
A protester named Alexis Russell claimed that the driver “charged” into the crowd and she attempted to stop him by standing in front of the vehicle with predictable results. Videos appear to show the truck slowly rolling through the crowd until it was past most of the protesters and then took off to get out of there.
Here's the woman who said the truck ran over her foot at protests today in Cedar Rapids. She says the driver "charged into the crowd" and she went over to try and stop the truck.
— Iowa's News Now (@iowasnewsnow) June 25, 2022
“I was over here, I turned around the light was red, and the truck got impatient for whatever reason and charged into the crowd,” Russell claimed. “There’s at least three people, I look over I see people trying to push the truck back, and I just instantly got mad and ran over and tried to stop the truck. I tried to stop him, he grabbed (and) ripped my sign, and pushed me down, drove off and that was it.”
“I ran over there, tried to grab the steering wheel,” she told the Daily Mail. “I was like – what the hell are you doing? You are literally hurting these people. They are doing nothing. He grabbed my sign through the window and ripped it. I reached in for the steering wheel, and he grabbed my sign, but didn’t hold onto it so I have both pieces.”
As Russell ran alongside the pickup truck, she fought with the driver.
“He was yelling at me, but I don’t recall what,” she asserted. “He looked at me, and kept going. He was trying to swat me away. It was a bit of a slap fight. He didn’t hit me in the face or anything.”
“The people by then in front of the car had their arms stretched out, running backwards, and I could jog-walk alongside. When the two people in front moved out the way he sped up, and I fell away.” Russell stated, alleging that he intended to hurt her as he sped off.
She described the man as “a gray-haired white male dude, probably in his 50s or 60s. I think me being there – a woman, standing up for my rights, agitated him more.”
Russell said she was “kind of beat up, but it’s not bad,” and added, “I landed on my butt, and it really hurts, and my lower back. My inner thighs, and hamstring.”
“There was another girl alongside of me – I didn’t know her – her foot got run over. She was traumatized. She declined an ambulance. But she couldn’t put weight on it, she was bawling. Someone – her boyfriend or husband I think – came over and they got into a car,” Russell remarked.
“Cedar Rapids District 5 City Councilmember Ashley Vanorney was as at the protest and says the truck was pushing and knocking people over after initially plowing into the people at the intersection at 2nd street,” CBS 2 Iowa reported.
Tonight a truck jumped traffic + plowed into peaceful protestors crossing the pedestrian walkway at the Federal Courthouse. I was walking along side them—the crowd included children alongside me. Thank you for @crpd for responding. The license plate was WRAPTOR in Hawkeye colors. pic.twitter.com/nnYRNFfN45
— ashleyvanorny (@ashleyvanorny) June 25, 2022
Cedar Rapids Police report that one person went to the hospital following the incident. Police say a preliminary investigation shows demonstrators were crossing the street with the proper signal and then it changed while the group was still crossing the street using the crosswalk.
Police contend that a verbal fight began between the protestors and a driver before “contact was made between a vehicle and one of the pedestrians.”
Thousands protested in DC, New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, and other cities. Activists gathered outside of the offices of Fox News and the New York Post in New York City and yelled “Burn it down! Burn it down! F**k Tucker Carlson!” Vandals also sprayed “F**k Fox” on the side of the building, according to the Daily Mail.
Justice Samuel Alito wrote in his historic opinion that Roe v. Wade was “egregiously wrong” and “on a collision course with the Constitution from the day it was decided.”
“Roe was egregiously wrong from the start,” Alito wrote. “Its reasoning was exceptionally weak, and the decision has had damaging consequences. And far from bringing about a national settlement of the abortion issue, Roe and Casey have enflamed debate and deepened division.”
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