Videos are circulating on social media that appear to show a truck hitting protesters in Iowa during a demonstration against the Supreme Court’s decision to overthrow Roe v. Wade.
The black pickup truck reportedly drove through a crowd of pro-choice activists in the town of Cedar Rapids, hitting at least one person.
The online videos show the aftermath of the collision as protesters tried to hold on to the vehicle, which drove away from the scene, with several people falling to the ground as witnesses shouted and screamed.
Police said a group of protesters were crossing the street near the federal courthouse around 7:17 p.m. local time when a protester was struck by the truck.
The incident came after verbal altercations between the protesters and a local driver, local media reported.
Cedar Rapids Council Member Ashley Vanorny attended the protests tweeted: “Tonight a truck jumped out of traffic + plowed into peaceful protesters crossing the pedestrian walkway at federal courthouse.
“I walked alongside them – there were children in the crowd beside me.”
She later explained in an interview with The sun that “everything was peaceful” and that the collision occurred on the “last leg” of the demonstration.
“I think it had nothing to do with what we were there for and it [the truck] decided to step out of line,” says Ms. Vanorny.
“They weren’t even the first [vehicle] at the stop and crashed into people while crossing.”
She added that the driver of the truck initially “poked” the protesters before “deciding to do it again.”
The councilor alleges that the driver ran over a person’s foot and knocked down at least three people before driving away.
A witness told local media that the truck “charged into the crowd” and that protesters “tried to push the truck back” before the driver sped away.
Police have confirmed an injured pedestrian was taken to a local hospital for a check-up and the driver has since been questioned and detectives are working to locate surveillance video.
No charges have been filed and police are trying to determine if the incident was premeditated.
Protests have erupted across the United States against the decision to abolish the constitutional right to abortion, a ruling that went into effect nearly 50 years ago.
The Supreme Court decision could lead to abortion bans in about half of US states.
President Biden, in remarks following the announcement, said the administration will seek to protect access to medical abortion, saying efforts to limit it are “wrong and extreme and out of touch with the majority of Americans.”