At Friday’s George Floyd protest in Bakersfield, a man driving a car drove through the crowd and hit a woman. The man attempted to escape Bakersfield Police officers; however, he was arrested.
The scene became hostile when a man driving a small Toyota vehicle — with a small American flag flying outside a window — drove aggressively through the crowd of protesters several times before a BPD patrol vehicle attempted to stop the man from driving the vehicle through the crowd again.
As the protesters rushed toward where the vehicle had been stopped and surrounded the vehicle, the driver accelerated into the large crowd of protesters, injuring one woman.
BPD officers deployed in riot gear, along with a SWAT vehicle and SWAT personnel. A SWAT officer told the crowd of protesters they were there to secure the area so an ambulance crew could give medical aid to the woman, who had been injured.
The woman was taken for medical aid by ambulance, and the BPD officers retreated back onto the grounds of the Bakersfield Police Department as protesters angrily followed them to the gate.
A similar incident took place at a George Floyd solidarity protest in Visalia on Saturday. The driver of a blue Jeep carrying American and President Donald Trump Keeping America Great flags hit two women at the protest, according to the Visalia Times Delta.
Community members from the ACT for Women and Girls are urging Visalia law enforcement to take action against the driver. The group is demanding Tulare County denounce white supremacy; the district attorney arrest, press charges and persecute the three individuals in the jeep; a third party independent investigation; and de-funding and abolishing the police sate and prisons.
Photojournalist Henry A. Barrios captured the Bakersfield incident in a series of photos. (Read the captions to follow the story.)