Outrage: Family rushing sick child to hospital blocked by Zimmerman demonstrators

Outrage: Family rushing sick child to hospital blocked by Zimmerman demonstrators

Portesters blocking street“I looked up and I see all the protesters, they’re everywhere. So, we got into the traffic and they’re stopping us and not letting us go.”

Those were the words used to describe the ordeal on Monday of a Houston woman named Georgia, who asked that her last name be omitted. Click 2 Houston explains that she was rushing her 7-year-old granddaughter to Texas Children’s Hospital. The child was having an allergic reaction to some medication.

It was just after 7 p.m., and the demonstrators had spilled out onto the road, where they continued their protest, chanting, “No justice, no peace.”

Georgia’s daughter was driving and tried to circumvent the demonstrators by driving on the grassy shoulder. But that seemed only to call more attention to the car, making it a target.

“One of them was hitting the windshield and I was just screaming, ‘We’ve got to get to the hospital,’ and they were screaming and chanting,” Georgia told reporters. “All I could think of was, I got to get my granddaughter to the hospital.”

“My mom rolled down the window,” said Georgia’s daughter. “She said, ‘We’re trying to get my granddaughter to the hospital,’ and a guy just started hitting her.”

A Local 2 camera covering the protest recorded the entire incident. On the video Georgia can be seen in the front seat of an SUV. Her window is rolled down, and the man reaching in and grabbing her is visible.

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The family is upset and believes the demonstrators took things too far. Georgia filed a police report. “It wasn’t peaceful,” she said. “It was terrifying.”

Quanell X, the community activist who planned the event, told reporters he viewed the protest was peaceful. He also maintained that he had given specific instructions to participants not to break any laws and not to touch or harm anyone.

LU Staff

LU Staff

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