By Nicole Sanders | KMOV
ST. LOUIS — A person was killed after being dragged by a FedEx truck in a single day in downtown St. Louis throughout an evening of protests, police mentioned Saturday.
The incident occurred close to N. Broadway and O’Fallon shortly after three:00 a.m. The person was taken to a hospital the place he later died, police mentioned.
Police mentioned the truck was pressured off Interstate 70 because of protesters on the roadway. The truck acquired off onto North Broadway, heading towards Cass. Whereas on N. Broadway, police mentioned, the motive force stopped the truck because of extra protesters within the highway.
Bystander Jared Arms captured a video of protesters blockading a piece of the highway with their vehicles and setting one thing on fireplace when the FedEx truck approached. Because it got here to a halt, a crowd of protesters surrounded the entrance of the truck and commenced banging and climbing onto the passenger facet. Police mentioned two folks standing on the passenger facet footboard of the truck pointed weapons on the driver.
Demonstrators have been additionally seen working off with packages from the truck.
The truck driver, fearing for his security police mentioned, sounded his horn then drove off.
“I used to be standing on the facet of the pavement and I began to note a crowd go to the truck, so after I went over there, I heard folks say there’s a man trapped underneath the tire,” mentioned Arms.
Cries of “again the truck up” and “somebody is underneath the truck” might be heard from Arms’ video. A person, who was seen standing between the truck’s two trailers, was dragged by the semi truck simply moments later. Police mentioned the motive force didn’t know the sufferer was there.
The person was caught by the semi’s tire, pulled underneath and ran over, police mentioned. His title has not been launched by police.
“With the video, you’ll be able to clearly see the folks on the doorways are solely going up as a result of they have been attempting to inform him someone was caught to not open it and attempt to beat him up and issues like that,” mentioned Arms.
Demonstrators tried to chase after the motive force however weren’t in a position to catch as much as the truck.
Lots of of protesters marched within the streets in a single day in downtown St. Louis to demand justice for George Floyd. Floyd was killed after a Minneapolis officer kneeled on his neck whereas Floyd was handcuffed.
Interstate 70 was shut down for almost three hours as protesters blocked site visitors.
A spokesperson from FedEx launched the next assertion relating to the incident:
“Our hearts exit to all those that are grieving the occasions of this week. We’re deeply saddened to be taught of a tragic scenario involving a demonstrator in St. Louis and one in every of our autos. We provide our sincerest condolences to the household of the person concerned. There isn’t any larger precedence for FedEx than security, and we’re cooperating totally with the investigating authorities at the moment.”
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