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New video shows another viewpoint of protest confrontation on Tulsa highway

Posted at 6:10 PM, Jun 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-05 11:33:38-04

TULSA, Okla. — Oklahoma Highway Patrol is investigating an incident that happened on Tulsa's I-244, when a driver pushed through a group of protesters blocking the highway.

A red pickup truck, with a trailer designed to carry animals, sat surrounded by protesters in several videos taken at the scene. Some people slammed on the side of the truck and trailer, and some aimed to break windows.

As the driver tried to move through the crowd, witnesses say they saw him place a gun on the dashboard. Shortly after, the truck drove forward into the crowd.

Questions arise after truck goes into crowd

Onlookers like James Spicer watched as a few were hurt, and many tried to smash windows and do further damage to the vehicle.

I’m still processing this, I’m glad nobody was seriously hurt.
James Spicer | Onlooker

Two people were transported to the hospital with minor injuries, according to Oklahoma Highway Patrol.

New video seems to show protesters clashing with the driver of a silver car that was in front of the red truck on I-244, before deciding to let the silver car pass through.

Then, when the red truck tries to drive through, there seems to be disagreement between the protesters. While others appear to be waving the truck through.

Some get angry and start banging on the hood and windows, jumping into the bed and onto the horse trailer.

The truck then tries to speed up through the crowd.

New video shows protests confrontation in Tulsa highway

Tulsa Police say the rally on the highway began when a group split off from an earlier peaceful protest near the Greenwood Cultural Center.

We didn’t know there was going to be a group that spun off and take to the highway. The highway did not get shut down quick enough for that to take place."
Tulsa Police Chief Wendell Franklin

Tulsa Police say it will be up to the district attorney to determine whether the driver was acting in self-defense, and if the Stand Your Ground law applies.

OHP is investigating what happened, and will determine if charges should be filed.

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