The driver who rammed through a crowd protesting the non-indictment of Darren Wilson yesterday afternoon in Minneapolis, injuring a 16-year-old girl, has not been charged with any crime.
According to Minneapolis Police spokesperson John Elder, the case “remains under investigation.”
The driver, Jeffrey Patrick Rice of St. Paul, drove directly into a crowd of protesters and ran over the legs of the girl, who suffered a leg injury. According to news reports, Rice, 40, stopped not far from the scene and called 911.
The only information the MPD would offer, from a police report obtained by StreetsBlog: “The victim‘s vehicle was damaged by a large group of people. While he was attempting to flee from the mob, he struck a pedestrian.”
The Minneapolis Star-Tribune describes events unfolding very differently than the police report:
In the Lake Street incident, a Subaru station wagon lurched into the crowd around 4:30 p.m. with its horn blaring as the rally swelled to more than 1,000 demonstrators. When protesters didn’t clear a path, the driver knocked down a girl. The crowd erupted in screams and some people jumped on the hood of the car and violently pounded on the windshield and windows.