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Two New York law enforcement officers were in stable condition after beingÂ struck by a vehicle during a Monday night protest, authorities said.
The officers â€” one of Buffalo Police Department, the other from New York State Police â€” were taken to Erie County Medical Center.Â Video of the incident shows a vehicle barreling through officers, accelerating through an intersection after several officers apparently tackled a person on the street and handcuffed him.
Those officers â€” and more, tending to injured law enforcement membersÂ â€” scatter as an SUV drives past a military vehicle on Buffaloâ€™s east side. The SUV appears to drag at least one of the officers alongÂ briefly beneath the vehicle before speeding away. An ambulance was called to the scene.
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â€œIt is being investigated,â€ Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown said told Buffalo 4 News. â€œWe know people are angry and hurting … but we need people to be very thoughtful right now about what they are doing.â€
The SUV was carrying two people who had been shot before driving through the line of officers, authorities said.Â A third person in the SUV was in custody.
New York State Police confirmedÂ in a tweet that its officer was hospitalized with â€œserious but non-life threatening injuries.â€
The incident took place as protests in Buffalo continued a week after a former Minneapolis police officer killed George Floyd, pinning him to the ground with a knee to his neck for nearly nine minutes. Earlier Monday, the county medical examiner and an independent autopsy commissioned by Floyd’s family ruled the 46-year-old’s death as a homicide.
The disturbance unfolded after a protest planned for daytime spilled into evening hours. Protesters began to throw rocks around 8 p.m., per multiple reports, breaking police vehicle windows before officers employed tear gas, rubber and pepper bullets.
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The mayor said he didnâ€™t wish he imposed a curfew Monday but that Buffalo would enforce protest end times more strictly in the coming days.
â€œWeâ€™re going to ask people not to engage in any protest activity in this city after dark,â€ Brown said.
Contributing: The Associated Press
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