Truck drives into crowd celebrating Chauvin verdict

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A truck appeared to drive into a crowd in Minneapolis celebrating the conviction of Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd. Video of the delivery truck showed it driving towards a crowd and attempting to turn the corner before then coming to a stop on Tuesday. The truck was immediately surrounded with demonstrators who climbed on the vehicle.

Others were videoed banging on the windows of the driver’s cabin and confronting the driver of the truck. One demonstrator was forced to jump off the hood of the truck, causing further outrage among bystanders. Then, sounding the horn, the driver continued to move forward in the truck, causing the crowd – of more than a dozen – to stand-down and run from it, to screams of “oh my god”.

“He’s still driving,” commented another, as the truck drove off, down 3rd avenue. Grace Morgan, a witness, wrote on Twitter that the truck tried “to aggressively drive through the crowd”. Another, Samantha Hendrickson, added that “a truck drove into the crowd on 7th St as people were celebrating”.

A truck drove into the crowd on 7th St as people were celebrating. pic.twitter.com/sRfpPnMwNQ

— Samantha Hendrickson (@samanthajhendr) April 20, 2021

The truck appeared to belong to a delivery firm, 10 Roads Express, who told Newsweek that the driver was afterwards addressed about the incident in Minneapolis.

The conviction of Chauvin, a former Minneapolis police officer, for the murder of Mr Floyd in May 2020 caused celebrations in the city — and throughout the US on Tuesday.

Chauvin was convicted after a year of campaigning and demonstrations for kneeling on the neck of Floyd until he could no longer breathe.

The jury in the court in Minneapolis took 11 hours to deliberate on their verdicts.

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The truck incident is the latest in a series of confrontations between anti-racism demonstrators and drivers, with officials in Los Angeles investigating an alleged car ramming against Asian Americans.