6 pedestrians were injured in Manhattan after a driver plowed into a group of protesters last week (see video below). 52 year old Kathleen Casillo, from Queens, was driving a 2019 BMW Sedan near the intersection of 39th Street and Third Ave when she crossed road with a group of a protesters marching to support a group of ICE detainees observing a hunger strike at a detention center in Bergen, New Jersey.
According to protesters, the woman got into the back of the protest with her car and some protesters got concerned that she was driving too fast. The car got surrounded by a a small group of protesters including one of them who leaned over the front of her car in an attempt to slow her down. Instead of slowing down, the woman who was in the car with her 29 year old daughter took off and charged the protesters, driving into the crowd at high speed. Several pedestrians got hit and went flying into the air while others were screaming and running away in panic. The woman was apprehended by the police shortly after and arrested. She was charged with reckless endangerment and released and day after. She is due in Court on February 22nd. As the police arrested the woman, ambulances pulled in and EMS attended to the injured people.
Several incidents of cars charging protesters occurred in the city this year starting in May with two NYPD patrols who rammed into protesters in Brooklyn
It is not the first time that protesters are being charged with vehicles during protests in New York City. The police were the first ones to do it last May in Brooklyn. Shortly after this first incident, a man drove over someone at a bicyclists protest. Later on, another man hit a cyclist protesting in Time Square and was not charged. Another man drove his car into a group of BLM protesters and was not arrested either.