Motorist plows into group of BLM protesters in New York City, injuring at least four

At least seven people were injured when a female motorist plowed into a group of around 50 Black Lives Matter protesters in New York City on Friday afternoon.

NYPD officers were called to the scene at East 39th Street and Third Avenue in Manhattan just after 4pm when the driver of a dark BMW hit an unknown number of demonstrators gathered for a ‘Justice for George’ rally. 

Demonstrators had reportedly surrounded the car in the roadway before it accelerated striking an unknown number of pedestrians and cyclists. 

The extent of the injuries is not clear but the NYPD said they appear to be non-life-threatening.    

Police said the driver stayed on the scene after the collision and was taken to a local precinct for questioning.    

At least seven people were injured when a motorist plowed into a group of some 50 Black Lives Matter protesters who were demonstrating in New York City on Friday afternoon. Pictured an NYPD officer surrounds a car after it struck protester

At least seven people were injured when a motorist plowed into a group of some 50 Black Lives Matter protesters who were demonstrating in New York City on Friday afternoon. Pictured an NYPD officer surrounds a car after it struck protester

At least seven people were injured when a motorist plowed into a group of some 50 Black Lives Matter protesters who were demonstrating in New York City on Friday afternoon. Pictured an NYPD officer surrounds a car after it struck protester

Bikes lay on the ground after a car struck multiple Black Lives Matter protesters in Manhattan

Bikes lay on the ground after a car struck multiple Black Lives Matter protesters in Manhattan

Bikes lay on the ground after a car struck multiple Black Lives Matter protesters in Manhattan 

An injured protester is seen being loaded into an ambulance following the incident

An injured protester is seen being loaded into an ambulance following the incident

An injured protester is seen being loaded into an ambulance following the incident

Several ambulances, emergency vehicles and NYPD officers were seen at East 39th Street and Lexington Avenue in Manhattan just after 4pm on Friday

Several ambulances, emergency vehicles and NYPD officers were seen at East 39th Street and Lexington Avenue in Manhattan just after 4pm on Friday

Several ambulances, emergency vehicles and NYPD officers were seen at East 39th Street and Lexington Avenue in Manhattan just after 4pm on Friday

A protester holds up their mangled bicycle after they and their bike were struck by the vehicle Friday

A protester holds up their mangled bicycle after they and their bike were struck by the vehicle Friday

A protester holds up their mangled bicycle after they and their bike were struck by the vehicle Friday 

Officers blocked off the area and advised the general public to steer clear of 3rd Avenue & 39th Street

Officers blocked off the area and advised the general public to steer clear of 3rd Avenue & 39th Street

Officers blocked off the area and advised the general public to steer clear of 3rd Avenue & 39th Street

Officers gather around a black car thought to be the vehicle that plowed into demonstrators

Officers gather around a black car thought to be the vehicle that plowed into demonstrators

Officers gather around a black car thought to be the vehicle that plowed into demonstrators 

An NYPD officer picks up a jacket from the street in the aftermath of Friday's incident in the heart of the Big Apple

An NYPD officer picks up a jacket from the street in the aftermath of Friday's incident in the heart of the Big Apple

An NYPD officer picks up a jacket from the street in the aftermath of Friday’s incident in the heart of the Big Apple 

The incident unfolded at 4:08 p.m. on East 39th and 3rd Avenue in the heart of Manhattan where a group of protesters were holding a ‘Justice for George’ demonstration for George Floyd, the black man who died when a white cop knelt on his neck for almost nine minutes back on Memorial Day.

Between 40 and 50 protesters were demonstrating in the area, according to WABC-TV   

Several of the protesters were in the roadway and are said to have surrounded a car. 

Moments afterward, the driver of the car drove into the group, hitting an unknown number of people and injuring at least seven.

Several of those hurt were taken to a local hospital. Their injuries are not considered serious, however no further details about their conditions are known. 

‘The injuries look to be non-life-threatening at this point,’ an NYPD spokesperson told DailyMail.com.    

The spokesperson confirmed the vehicle was being driven by a woman but gave no further details about her identity.  

He said she was stopped at the scene and taken to a local police precinct for questioning.  

Video posted to social media by @_antwan1_ shows police arresting one woman who is believed to be the driver of the car. 

The woman in the footage is young and white and is being led away by officers as demonstrators appear be shouting at her. 

Separate footage posted online shows a different white woman kneeling on the ground as she is also detained by officers. 

Witnesses said on social media there was a female passenger in the car at the time alongside the female driver.  

An NYPD spokesperson said it was unknown at this point if the driver accidentally struck the demonstrators or if it was a targeted attack.

They said the investigation is ongoing and it is not yet known if any charges will be brought against her. 

However a police official told WABC-TV the collision did not appear to be intentional.

According to the outlet the driver may have accelerated in fear when protesters surrounded her car which was already at the intersection when the incident unfolded.

Video posted to social media shows police arresting one woman who is believed to be the driver of the car

Video posted to social media shows police arresting one woman who is believed to be the driver of the car

The woman in the footage is young and white and is being led away by officers as demonstrators appear be shouting at her

The woman in the footage is young and white and is being led away by officers as demonstrators appear be shouting at her

Video posted to social media shows police arresting one woman who is believed to be the driver of the car. The woman in the footage is young and white and is being led away by officers as demonstrators appear be shouting at her

Separate footage posted online shows a different white woman kneeling on the ground as she was also detained by officers

Separate footage posted online shows a different white woman kneeling on the ground as she was also detained by officers

Witnesses said on social media there was a female passenger in the car at the time alongside the female driver

Witnesses said on social media there was a female passenger in the car at the time alongside the female driver

Separate footage posted online shows a different white woman kneeling on the ground as she was also detained by officers. Witnesses said on social media there was a female passenger in the car at the time alongside the female driver

Numerous FDNY vehicles, ambulances and police cars were on the scene as the investigation is ongoing

Numerous FDNY vehicles, ambulances and police cars were on the scene as the investigation is ongoing

Numerous FDNY vehicles, ambulances and police cars were on the scene as the investigation is ongoing

It is not yet clear if the collision was accidental or intentional and - if deliberate - what the motive may be

It is not yet clear if the collision was accidental or intentional and - if deliberate - what the motive may be

It is not yet clear if the collision was accidental or intentional and – if deliberate – what the motive may be

Several ambulances and emergency vehicles were seen at East 39th Street and Lexington Avenue in Manhattan just after 4pm on Friday

Several ambulances and emergency vehicles were seen at East 39th Street and Lexington Avenue in Manhattan just after 4pm on Friday

Several ambulances and emergency vehicles were seen at East 39th Street and Lexington Avenue in Manhattan just after 4pm on Friday

This bicyclist and bicycle were struck by the vehicle during the protest at East 39 Street and 3rd Avenue

This bicyclist and bicycle were struck by the vehicle during the protest at East 39 Street and 3rd Avenue

This bicyclist and bicycle were struck by the vehicle during the protest at East 39 Street and 3rd Avenue

A witness holds a part of the grill of the BMW which struck protesters at East 39 Street and 3rd Avenue

A witness holds a part of the grill of the BMW which struck protesters at East 39 Street and 3rd Avenue

A witness holds a part of the grill of the BMW which struck protesters at East 39 Street and 3rd Avenue

Police tape cordons off the area where the collision occurred as officers investigate what happened

Police tape cordons off the area where the collision occurred as officers investigate what happened

Police tape cordons off the area where the collision occurred as officers investigate what happened 

Between 40 and 50 protesters were demonstrating nearby when the incident unfolded, according to WABC-TV

Between 40 and 50 protesters were demonstrating nearby when the incident unfolded, according to WABC-TV

Between 40 and 50 protesters were demonstrating nearby when the incident unfolded, according to WABC-TV

Police said the driver stayed on the scene after colliding into the demonstrators and is being questioned by officers

Police said the driver stayed on the scene after colliding into the demonstrators and is being questioned by officers

Police said the driver stayed on the scene after colliding into the demonstrators and is being questioned by officers

The NYPD has urged the public to avoid the area of 3rd Avenue & 39th Street in Manhattan 'due to a vehicle collision involving multiple pedestrians'

The NYPD has urged the public to avoid the area of 3rd Avenue & 39th Street in Manhattan 'due to a vehicle collision involving multiple pedestrians'

The NYPD has urged the public to avoid the area of 3rd Avenue & 39th Street in Manhattan ‘due to a vehicle collision involving multiple pedestrians’

At least seven have been injured. Their conditions are unknown but they are said to be non-life-threatening

At least seven have been injured. Their conditions are unknown but they are said to be non-life-threatening

At least seven have been injured. Their conditions are unknown but they are said to be non-life-threatening 

An injured demonstrator lies in the back of an ambulance. Several people were taken to hospital following the incident

An injured demonstrator lies in the back of an ambulance. Several people were taken to hospital following the incident

An injured demonstrator lies in the back of an ambulance. Several people were taken to hospital following the incident 

According to CBS Local, a protest was being held in the area for those on hunger strike at an ICE facility in Bergen County, New Jersey, at the time of the collision

According to CBS Local, a protest was being held in the area for those on hunger strike at an ICE facility in Bergen County, New Jersey, at the time of the collision

According to CBS Local, a protest was being held in the area for those on hunger strike at an ICE facility in Bergen County, New Jersey, at the time of the collision

Dozens of NYPD officers were on the scene Friday afternoon with several surrounding a dark BMW in the street, believed to be the vehicle involved in the incident.  

Bicycles were seen lying on the ground just inside the area that was cordoned off with police tape. 

The NYPD has urged the public to avoid the area of 3rd Avenue & 39th Street in Manhattan ‘due to a vehicle collision involving multiple pedestrians.’ 

Several reports said the protest was being held for those on hunger strike at an ICE facility in Bergen County, New Jersey.

Multiple people being held in the government facility have gone without food for four weeks now to draw attention to their poor treatment. 

However the NYPD confirmed to DailyMail.com that the incident involved people gathered for a ‘Justice for George’ protest, adding that it was possible that demonstrations were being held for multiple issues around the same time.  

Several protesters were also detained by NYPD officers including one for obstructing governmental administration. 

Information at this time is preliminary. More updates to follow. 

Several ambulances and emergency vehicles were seen at East 39th Street and Lexington Avenue in Manhattan just after 4pm on Friday

Several ambulances and emergency vehicles were seen at East 39th Street and Lexington Avenue in Manhattan just after 4pm on Friday

Several ambulances and emergency vehicles were seen at East 39th Street and Lexington Avenue in Manhattan just after 4pm on Friday

According to initial reports from the scene, a motorist plowed into a group of protesters at an intersection near Lexington Avenue and 39th Street on Friday just after 4pm

According to initial reports from the scene, a motorist plowed into a group of protesters at an intersection near Lexington Avenue and 39th Street on Friday just after 4pm

According to initial reports from the scene, a motorist plowed into a group of protesters at an intersection near Lexington Avenue and 39th Street on Friday just after 4pm

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