(Washington) A U.S. citizen was shot dead while trying to escape from a vehicle in Washington state. A police officer injured at least one person with his car, local officials said.
About 100 people and several cars gathered as they blocked an illegal car rally between two roads Saturday night in the northwestern United States city of Tacoma.
When an officer in his vehicle tried to disperse the crowd, some started hitting his car and windows, according to a Tacoma police statement.
“While trying to get out of a dangerous situation, a police officer can touch one person and affect others,” police said, adding that one person was hospitalized but did not disclose its condition.
“I don’t know if he was scared but his car was surrounded,” a resident Sarah Jones testified on CBS. “I turned back a second and when I turned again I saw a police car running over a mountain of people,” she said.
Police coercion is particularly sensitive in the United States, where a historic movement to protest racism and police brutality emerged after the death of George Floyd in May 2020.