Video shows a truck driving into a crowd of people who were protesting George Floyd's death
- Video shows an oil tanker driving through crowds of protesters that gathered on a highway in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on Sunday night.
- Hundreds of protesters gathered on the highway as demonstrations over George Floyd's death continued into their sixth day.
- The Minnesota Department of Public Safety called the driver's actions "very disturbing" in a tweet following the incident, said the driver has been arrested and that it did not appear any protesters were hit.
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An oil tanker truck drove into a crowd of protesters in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on Sunday night as demonstrations over George Floyd's death raged for the sixth day.
Videos showed the truck driving through a crowd of protesters on the I-35W highway:
Witnesses told FOX 9 News that several people were struck by the tanker truck.
Nora Stephens, a 28-year-old protester who witnessed the incident, told Insider that the truck came "barreling" through a group of protesters.
"It honestly didn't resonate with me at first what was happening," she said, who saw the incident unfold from the overpass above the highway.
"He was going so fast," Stephens said. "People on the highway parted when he started driving through."
The Minnesota Department of Public Safety called the driver's actions "very disturbing" in a tweet following the incident.
Very disturbing actions by a truck driver on I-35W, inciting a crowd of peaceful demonstrators. The truck driver was injured & taken to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries. He is under arrest. It doesnâ€™t appear any protesters were hit by the truck. #MACCMN— MnDPS_DPS (@MnDPS_DPS) May 31, 2020
The department said that the driver has been placed under arrest, adding that it did not appear that any protesters were hit.
According to Fox 9, police dispersed the crowd that gathered around the truck shortly after the incident.
According to the department, state patrol and local officers threatened the use of tear gas if crowds did not clear from the scene.
Minnesota Department of Public Safety Commissioner John Harrington said footage appeared to show the truck on the highway as police were closing the road. Harrington said the driver "did not appear to drive through any barricades."
The department extended the state's curfew from 20:00 on Sunday to 06:00 on Monday, and said those who refuse to comply would be arrested.
Protests first broke out in Minneapolis following the May 25 death of George Floyd, a black man who was killed after a white police officer knelt on his neck for eight minutes. Floyd said he couldn't breathe.
The encounter was caught on video and has sparked protests in Atlanta, New York, Los Angeles, Denver, Detroit, Dallas, Washington, DC, and other US cities.
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