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Semitrailer Drives into Protest Crowd in Minneapolis.

Authorities in Minnesota say the driver of a semitrailer who rolled toward a crowd of thousands of people marching on a closed Minneapolis freeway over the death of George Floyd has been charged on suspicion of assault.

The Hennepin County Sheriff's Office identified the driver as 35-year-old Bogdan Vechirko.

Law enforcement officials say Vechirko was driving the tanker truck late Sunday as it sped toward a group of protesters on Interstate 35W near downtown Minneapolis. Witnesses say the driver sounded a horn but did not slow down as his truck approached the crowd.

Officials say the protesters were able to get out of the way and avoid injury, and they swarmed the vehicle as it slowed to a stop. Vechirko was pulled from the truck and assaulted by some protesters before another group of protesters apparently came to his rescue. He was turned over to police, who took him to be treated for his injuries before placing him under arrest.


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