'We know people are angry and hurting': 2 New York officers struck by vehicle during George Floyd protests in Buffalo

Jori Epstein, USA TODAY

Two New York law enforcement officers were in stable condition after being struck by a vehicle during a Monday night protest, authorities said.

The officers — one of Buffalo Police Department, the other from New York State Police — were taken to Erie County Medical Center. 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 — and more, tending to injured law enforcement members — scatter as an SUV drives past a military vehicle on Buffalo’s east side. The SUV appears to drag at least one of the officers along briefly beneath the vehicle before speeding away. An ambulance was called to the scene.

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“It is being investigated,” Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown said told Buffalo 4 News. “We know people are angry and hurting ... but we need people to be very thoughtful right now about what they are doing.”

The SUV was carrying two people who had been shot before driving through the line of officers, authorities said. A third person in the SUV was in custody.

New York State Police confirmed in a tweet that its officer was hospitalized with “serious but non-life threatening injuries.”

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 didn’t wish he imposed a curfew Monday but that Buffalo would enforce protest end times more strictly in the coming days.

“We’re going to ask people not to engage in any protest activity in this city after dark,” Brown said.

Contributing: The Associated Press

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