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Police investigating reports that car struck protesters

November 22, 2021 GMT

MANCHESTER, Conn. (AP) — Manchester police are investigating reports that several protesters were struck by a small SUV during a demonstration over the not guilty verdicts in the Kyle Rittenhouse trial in Wisconsin.

About 15 to 20 people with groups including PowerUP CT, the Self-Defense Brigade and Black Lives Matter 860 were blocking a section of Main Street late Saturday afternoon when the SUV drove up to them and slowed down. But the driver kept going at a slow rate of speed, struck about a half-dozen people and drove away from the scene, protesters said.

Keren Prescott, founder and chief executive of PowerUP CT, said several protesters are recovering from injuries that are not life-threatening. She said the SUV was a black Honda CRV with Massachusetts plates.

Police Lt. Ryan Shea told the Journal Inquirer the incident is under investigation, but he did not provide further details.

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Some of the protesters were armed and showed restraint by not using their weapons, demonstrators said.

Rittenhouse was acquitted of all charges Friday after testifying he acted in self-defense in the killings of two people and the wounding of a third during an August 2020 protest in Kenosha, Wisconsin, days after a white police officer shot a Black man.