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Crime Teen charged with driving into Memphis protest, hitting 4

18:22  08 june  2020
18:22  08 june  2020 Source:   msn.com

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — An 18-year-old motorist has been charged in Tennessee with recklessly driving into a group of demonstrators who were protesting police brutality, striking four, authorities said.

Police units respond on scene. © Getty Police units respond on scene.

During a street protest in the Midtown neighborhood of Memphis on Friday, Anthony Marcuzzo slowly drove his Chevrolet Tahoe into a line of protesters “and continued to move forward, pushing through the four demonstrators,” according to a police affidavit filed in Shelby County Criminal Court.

A woman was carried 20 feet (6 meters) as she hung onto the driver’s side mirror, police said. She was treated at a hospital for bruises on her left arm and left leg.

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Marcuzzo, of the Memphis suburb of Germantown, remained on the scene but was released. Police reviewed surveillance video and charged Marcuzzo on Saturday with reckless endangerment and reckless driving. They did not say if Marcuzzo intended to hit protesters.

Online court records do not show if Marcuzzo has a lawyer to speak on his behalf about the charges. He has been released from custody on his own recognizance.

Protesters have been marching through the streets across the country, including Memphis and other Tennessee cities, since George Floyd died last month after a Minneapolis police officer pressed a knee on his neck as Floyd pleaded for air. Floyd was African American.

Government and community leaders planned a memorial for Floyd on Monday in Memphis, where protests have been mostly peaceful. In his hometown of Houston, mourners were being allowed Monday to see Floyd's casket during a six-hour viewing, the final stop of a series of memorials in his honor. Floyd’s funeral was scheduled for Tuesday.

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