A suspect is in custody after police say they saw the vehicle on video surveillance drive into the protesters just after midnight. The crowd was protesting an officer-involved shooting from a few weeks ago that did not involve MPD, John Elder, spokesperson for Minneapolis Police, told CNN.
The protest where the deadly crash happened Monday occurred in the same area where protesters gathered
more than a week ago over the killing of 32-year-old Winston Smith,
a Black man killed by law enforcement officers who were executing a warrant. The protests come as the city continues to grapple with last year’s killing of George Floyd during his arrest in Minneapolis, and with the murder conviction in that case of former police officer Derek Chauvin.
While a motive for Monday’s incident is unknown, the preliminary investigation indicates drugs or alcohol may have been a factor in the crash,…