A recent Black Lives Matter protest in Bloomington, Indiana turned violent when a woman drove her car into a crowd of demonstrators, injuring two people.
The suspect, 66-year-old Christi Bennett, was arrested and charged related to the hit-and-run, BuzzFeed News reports.
The moments immediately following the incident were captured on video and posted to various social media sites. The graphic video showed as Bennett’s red sedan sped off with a woman still laying atop the front hood while another man clung to the driver side of the car.
This is in Bloomington where a car apparently drives through PEOPLE protesting after incident between a Black man who was pinned against a tree while people yell to let him go. Officials agree that it was racially motivated.@brettkast is on this story.
Courtesy:Rodney C. Root pic.twitter.com/HxuOqffART
— Courtney Crown (@CrownJournalist) July 7, 2020
Another bystander captured the incident from behind the car as it sped away.
— ॐ (@jarenvaught) July 7, 2020
The horror of social media onlookers was widespread.
All this hate – WHY??
— Renton Citizen (@rentonwa1) July 8, 2020
This is the worst thing that could happen during a protest
— Tammy Mercer (@coosbaydem) July 7, 2020
The hit and run took place in the waning moments of a longer protest march through the city of Bloomington. The demonstration came in response to a July 4 incident in the same city, when a Black man was attacked by a group of White people during an “attempted lynching.”
Police reported that the woman on the front of the car endured head lacerations and was knocked unconscious.
Geoff Stewart, the man on the car’s side, suffered abrasions to his skin after he lost his grip.
Stewart recounted the incident to RTV6 Indianapolis:
“A woman driving the vehicle came up to the stop and had started revving her engine toward us and we tried to stop her and let her know that the crowd is clearing up, just wait a second.”
“But she and her passenger both wanted to go right away so they started to push. They pushed into the woman that was with me, and when she pushed again, both of us went on the vehicle.”
Stewart also explained exactly how he fell off Bennett’s car.
“I was just trying to block her vision so she would slow down so I tried to pull myself as far in her way to obstruct her view.”
“She drove through red lights and made her turn up here that threw both of us off the car.”
Eventually, police identified Christi Bennett as the owner of the car.
They found the red Toyota in the parking lot of a motel in Scottsburg, Indiana, where Bennett was arrested. Bennett was charged with two counts of criminal recklessness and two counts of leaving the scene of an accident resulting in serious bodily injury, the Bloomington Police Department told BuzzFeed News.
Twitter users appreciated the fact she was arrested and charged.
the increase in acts of violence by white supremacists is indicative of their level of desperation, in that they know their days are numbered #violenceisfear
— Squid Inkman (@InkmanSquid) July 9, 2020
She should lose several years of freedom and her license for life!
— Mac33Cam (@Mac33Cam1) July 9, 2020
Though Bennett was released on bond, the county’s First Deputy Prosecutor Jeff Kehr has stated he is still reviewing the case to consider filing additional charges.