I would say that this man did nothing wrong even if he purposefully smashed up these rioters, because seriously – they deserve to be smashed up.
However, the obvious fact, as with all of these situation, is that they attacked his car and he panicked.
The video makes that obvious.
⚠️WARNING: Video of an SUV striking #BLM protesters in Johnson City, TN. SUV lunges forward, strikes them and flees the scene. Cars are increasingly being used as deadly weapons against peaceful protesters. pic.twitter.com/oOpnGGtNZy
— Kristen Clarke (@KristenClarkeJD) September 13, 2020
But it doesn’t matter – blacks are always right, whites are always evil, so lock them all up.
Johnson City police on Monday arrested the driver whose vehicle was seen striking a Black Lives Matter supporter during a weekend march in Johnson City, according to a report.
Police said 27-year-old Jared Benjamin Lafer, 147 Rockdale Road, Bakersville, North Carolina, was charged with aggravated assault.
Lafer surrendered himself to authorities Monday afternoon at the Washington County Detention Center and was released on $20,000 bond. He was set to be arraigned in Sessions Court Tuesday at 9 a.m.
On Saturday night, cellphone video posted to social media showed a white Ford Expedition accelerating into two demonstrators who were standing in a crosswalk in front of the vehicle near the intersection of West State of Franklin Road and Spring Street. According to protesters and police, the vehicle then left the scene.
The victim, a 31-year-old Johnson City man, was taken to Johnson City Medical Center for treatment. A second victim, a 26-year-old Johnson City woman, also was struck by the SUV but did not have injuries requiring treatment.
One witness, Brent Chaffin, had posted another witness’ video to Facebook, and it was shared widely on social media.
Chaffin, one of the protest organizers, said demonstrators were marching from the Johnson City Police Department when they stopped to demonstrate on either side of a crosswalk near the intersection, which they have been doing during marches in the past week.
The video did not show what led up to the incident, but Chaffin said it began when the driver reportedly began inching forward, trying to get past the demonstrators.
The video shows at least two people standing in front of the vehicle before it moves forward and strikes them, appearing to run over at least one. The video also captured the license plate on the vehicle.
According to a court document obtained late Monday, the victim was interviewed at the hospital. He told police he was downtown walking his dog and taking photos when he joined the Black Lives Matter protesters.
As the group crossed State of Franklin Road, some drivers were impatient as the protesters crossed the street and blew their horns. Someone in a black vehicle “flicked-off” the participants as the driver maneuvered around the group.
He told police that a white SUV honked and the driver kept rolling forward at about two miles per hour and bumped the victim before knocking him down and running over his legs.
The driver, later identified as Lafer, drove away without attempting to assist or check on the welfare of the victims.
Yes, because he was scared.
We’ve all seen the way these people pull their victims out of their cars and beat them.
The man who they’re claiming is some kind of monster who just wants to hurt blacks out of skin-hatred is obviously a normal person.
We need some kind of law that if you’re purposefully blocking traffic, someone cannot be charged for hitting you.
We can call it the “The Road is For Driving” Law.
We cannot continue to punish normal people because lunatics do crazy things and then have a bad time.