A car plowed through a crowd of Black Lives Matter protesters in Times Square on Thursday night in a frightening caught-on-video confrontation.
Police were hunting for the car — a black Ford Taurus with a bull bar in the front — and ask that anyone with injuries to come forward. The car was driven by a counter-protester attending a small pro-Trump rally in Duffy Square, an NYPD spokesman said.
The car was approaching a group of protesters at 46th St. and Seventh Ave., where about 300 people had gathered in a racial justice demonstration over the death of Daniel Prude in Rochester.
A group of protesters lined up bicycles in an attempt to block traffic shortly before 8:15 p.m., and the Taurus rolls right up to the line of bikes. It stops at first, then lurches forward through the crowd. One of the protesters swings a bicycle at it as it drives away.
The car clipped three of the bicycle riders who set up the barricade; their minor injuries were treated by volunteer medics at the protest.
“The car just hit me. He hit me straight on and kept going,”
said one of the cyclists, who gave only his first name, Rob.
“I was working barricade. My knee is bad and my bike is ruined.”
An NYPD spokesman said officers tried to direct the car underneath the Marriott Hotel and away from the crowd, but the driver instead headed straight down 46th St.
The spokesman said Black Lives Matter protesters recognized the vehicle and tried to attack it, though that isn’t visible on the Twitter video, or an overhead live stream video of the corner. A reporter on the scene did not spot any protesters trying to attack the car before it drove through the crowd.