“Running over — even killing — protesters blocking roadways could soon be legal in N. Dakota.” That was the headline of an article that ran on this site in January, providing fair warning to social justice warriors who block traffic to promote whatever cause it is they are militating on behalf of. Several weeks later, a second warning shot was fired across the bow in an item noting that several other states — Minnesota, Indiana, and Iowa — were contemplating similar legislation.
On Monday, demonstrators with in Durham, N.C., tested the patience of a driver behind the wheel of a large pickup … and found out that he meant business when he drove his vehicle through the crowd.
CBS affiliate WNCN reports that the driver will not be cited. That may be because no one was seriously injured, though it also may be because the protesters did not have a permit to close the road.
Several protesters with orange vests first made contact with the truck, with some standing in front of the truck and at least one person hitting it with a sign.
Raw video of the incident was captured:
A protester named Christine Hawn told reporters:
There were kids there. There were people with different mobilities that weren’t able to run and pick up and move…. [I]t was really scary and it was scary to see that blatant disregard for human well-being.
Perhaps the way to avoid such frightening future ordeals is not to be a nuisance in the first place. Apart from eliciting wrath rather than sympathy from drivers, in some cases these acts of “civil disobedience” have produced deadly outcomes.
This protest, by the way, was organized by Durham Beyond Policing Campaign, Black Youth Project 100, and Inside-Outside Alliance.