Driver pushes through protesters in downtown Portland

A driver pushed through a group of protesters marching in downtown Portland on Oct. 6, 2018. KATU video

PORTLAND, Ore. – A driver pushed through a group of protesters in downtown Portland Saturday afternoon. A KATU News photographer captured the incident on camera.

Hundreds of people were marching in the street to protest police use of deadly force a week after officers shot and killed 27-year-old Patrick K. Kimmons.

The driver was in a silver Lexus sedan when he drove into the crowd, striking a man and then accelerating down the street.

KATU News has since talked with the driver, who says he was following two other cars that made a right-hand turn when one protester stepped in front of his car and others surrounded it. He told police his vehicle sustained $3,000 in damages during the incident.

KATU has requested emergency calls from the incident, however, officials say they are withholding the recordings pending an investigation.

At the time, the walk sign was on in the crosswalk. In the video, the driver is seen making a right turn into the crosswalk, where the pedestrians had the right of way.

Portland police say they’re aware of the incident. As of 5 p.m. Saturday, neither the driver nor the pedestrian had contacted police.

Anyone who was involved in the incident should contact the Portland Police Bureau at (503) 823-3333.

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