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Peaceful protest against racism ends with hit and run; GoFundMe set up for injured woman

BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA, UNITED STATES – 2020/07/06: Protesters run after a red car that hit two protesters and carried them several blocks at a high rate of speed before injuring one of them with a concussion as they were thrown from the moving vehicle, Monday, July 6, 2020 in Bloomington, Indiana. Protesters had been demanding justice for Vauhxx Booker, who was nearly lynched at Lake Monroe on Saturday the 4th of July 2020. (Photo by Jeremy Hogan/The Bloomingtonian)

The driver of a red car struck two protesters near the intersection of 4th and Walnut and proceeded North on Walnut Street at a high rate of speed before turning right on 6th Street throwing the protesters from the vehicle.

A woman was hanging onto the hood of the car as the woman sped up, and was later bleeding after being flung into the street. Medics attended to the injured woman who was put into an ambulance and taken to a hospital. A protest sign with a peace sign on it lay in the street near a pool of blood reading, “No Justice, No Peace.”

A man also hung onto the car, and was also thrown into the street, but he wasn’t seriously injured according to witnesses.

Members of the Bloomington Police Department quickly responded to the scene, and drove down 6th Street looking for the suspect vehicle, but failed to immediately locate it.

Protesters had chased the vehicle on foot, and in vehicles, but it was too late to catch it, and one protester fell in an alley between 6th and 7th Street.

A Bloomington Police Evidence Technician photographed the scene as members of the Bloomington Police Department interviewed witnesses. Members of the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office also responded, and some had been on security detail on the courthouse square, which was the site of recent protests for George Floyd, and others killed by police. The courthouse grounds are closed to the public at 10 p.m. nightly.

Protesters had held a Bloomington community for Vauhxx Booker, who was assaulted at Lake Monroe on the 4th of July in what’s been described as an attempted lynching. Protesters are demanding that Monroe County Prosecutor Erika Oliphant prosecute members of the group who assaulted Booker and that the DNR officers that didn’t arrest the suspects in his assault be fired by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.

Protesters peacefully marched and protested for several hours before the hit and run.

A GoFundMe has been set up for the woman who was carried on the hood of the car for blocks before being slung onto the street.

This story will be updated.

BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA, UNITED STATES – 2020/07/06: Protesters run after a red car that carried two protesters several blocks at a high rate of speed before injuring one of them with a concussion as they were thrown from the moving vehicle, Monday, July 6, 2020 in Bloomington, Indiana. (Photo by Jeremy Hogan/The Bloomingtonian)
BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA, UNITED STATES – 2020/07/06: Medics react after a red car that hit carried two protesters several blocks at a high rate of speed before injuring one of them with a concussion as they were thrown from the moving vehicle, Monday, July 6, 2020 in Bloomington, Indiana. (Photo by Jeremy Hogan/The Bloomingtonian)
BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA, UNITED STATES – 2020/07/06: Emergency responders tend to a woman who was injured after a red car carried her and another protester several blocks at a high rate of speed before they were thrown from the moving vehicle, Monday, July 6, 2020 in Bloomington, Indiana. (Photo by Jeremy Hogan/The Bloomingtonian)
BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA, UNITED STATES – 2020/07/06: Police and sheriff’s deputies investigate, Monday, July 6, 2020 in Bloomington, Indiana. (Photo by Jeremy Hogan/The Bloomingtonian)
BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA, UNITED STATES – 2020/07/06: A sign left discarded in a crime scene reads, “No Justice, No Peace,” after a red car carried two protesters several blocks at a high rate of speed before injuring one of them with a concussion as they were thrown from the moving vehicle, Monday, July 6, 2020 in Bloomington, Indiana. (Photo by Jeremy Hogan/The Bloomingtonian)

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