After a confrontation with some of the 40 demonstrators rallying in downtown Reno to protest against Columbus Day and the Dakota Access oil pipeline, the driver of a white pickup truck plowed into the crowd, injuring five and sending one to the hospital.

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A pickup truck plowed into a crowd of mostly Native demonstrators in Reno, Nevada on Monday October 10, injuring five and sending one to the hospital.

Participants in the demonstration, organized by the American Indian Movement of Northern Nevada (AIMNN), were gathered under the city’s Reno Arch downtown to draw attention to the real meaning of Columbus Day. They were also there to educate passersby about the conflict surrounding the Dakota Access oil pipeline being routed near the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation.

Suddenly, witnesses said, a white Nissan pickup truck drove by, its occupants hurling slurs. Then it circled back, and stopped. Some of the demonstrators walked up to the vehicle and had words with the occupants. Suddenly the engines revved, and the truck plowed into the group, sending people flying.

Cameras were already rolling to document the demonstration, and they streamed the entire horrifying incident on Facebook. Police said in a statement that the incident occurred at 6:41 p.m., according to the Reno Gazette-Journal.

One witness recounted how two men “drove into marchers after first being seen at the rally start point, driving by once shouting slurs, and then doubling back around to get in front of the protesters before driving into them,” wrote Diana Heideman, owner of Wallflower Botanicals, in a Facebook post. “One elder, a grandmother there with her grandchildren, was hospitalized with injuries to her legs, a broken tailbone, and further tests pending. She is stable and in good spirits. She was planning to depart for #StandingRock tomorrow.”

Several protesters were posing for a photo under the arch when the pickup pulled up for the second time, the Reno Gazette-Journal reported. Police told KOLO TV that the driver called in from a few blocks away to give his own side of the story, and that police had interviewed him and are cooperating with authorities. That was not enough for one of the rally’s organizers, though.

“This is a hate crime,” Quanah Brightman, executive director of United Native Americans Inc. told the Reno Gazette-Journal, adding that the driver had been “stalking” the group of demonstrators. “It’s still brutal to see this kind of racism in America. That man deserves life [in prison] for what he did.”

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bullbear's picture
Submitted by bullbear on
From what a person can gather, this was a peaceful demonstration as there was no intimidation to anti-protesters or was there any destruction of property. In fact, the driver of the vehicle had used it as a lethal weapon and was seeking to willfully and maliciously injure, maim or kill anyone who was taking part in the demonstration. I plead for the media to follow this story closely to ensure that the perpetrators of this attempted assault are arrested, jailed, brought before a judge and tried for the criminal act. As always, its "lets do what we want to do to psychologically or physically injure those damn Indians" - after all, no one ever gets more than a slap on the wrist. The laws are passed and are mandated to apply to every citizen of this country - no exception! Many men and women have been arrested for trespassing at the Dakota Access oil pipeline without willfully attempting to hurt anyone. No double-standard! And damn that Columbus! His body has turned to dust, but we remain haunted by his ghost. Talk about bad medicine...

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Submitted by tmsyr11 on
There are other videos posted.....in one video, the protestors are confronting the occupants and words are exchanged - it looked as though the protestors were trying to surround the pickup - THEN - somebody shoves a large pole - plastic through the driver-side (intent on jabbing the occupants?). But before the pole could be brought back out, the truck takes off and whoever was standing in front got pushed over to the side. For those who got hurt, it was being in the wrong place at the wrong time......

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Submitted by 100IndigenousAm... on
Not all European-Americans have the mentality that the United States is theirs and behavior by minorities should be subservient to their idealism. Most of these people that have hate are with sub-level education with a lot of words that are fact-less. The United States Department of Justice must review this incident, if the leaders of Indian tribes remain silent as always the violence and hostilities will continue.

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Submitted by turbojesus on
Ten Little Indians (2016) VERSION Five little indians on a car door, one tumbled down and then there were four.