"There is this loud crash or bang to the rear of the police auto".
The Detroit Police Department has launched an investigation after one of its units was recorded driving through a group of protesters that began leeching onto it. "In this instance, they anticipated - they were just blocking the road to redirect, but they didn't think they were going to get the reaction that they got".
Craig added that the two officers in the vehicle told investigators they believed they were possibly being shot at, which prompted them to flee the scene.
Jae Bass, 24, one of the males who were on the hood, said he stood in front of the vehicle to try to stop the police officer from continuing to drive. Craig asked reporters, noting that the officers have not faced any punishment for the interaction and remain on duty. Craig then read a letter from an unnamed protester who left the protest before the incident.
The video shows the police vehicle's rear window intact at around the 14-second mark, but 30 seconds later, it appears to have a large hole in it. Craig said that, at this point, video analysis does not show what broke the rear window, but that there were reports it was broken by a skateboard.
What do we know so far?
Ketner said police did not instruct the protesters to move out of the way before the vehicle accelerated into the crowd.
The protest started out with no problems earlier Sunday before swelling to 300 to 350 people, according to police officials, who said most of the protests in recent weeks have been peaceful. He said during a Monday briefing that this protest was not the first in the city and that they have usually been peaceful.
Protesters were observed calling for action on a number of issues, including the abolishment of US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, justice for Breonna Taylor and police reform.
The violent behavior Sunday included the several people who jumped onto the police auto, he said. "He went super fast".
"In response to that, he just floored it", Bass told the Detroit Free Press. We went flying off. One of the protesters said the officer "ran over a couple people's arms, feet". He ran over her phone. I was just holding onto the auto. "I could feel him speeding up and then he did one of these and he flinged me off the vehicle".
Things quickly spiraled out of control as the officer was surrounded and the crowd turned violent.