Manhattan is seeing a protest on Black Lives Matter. On Friday afternoon, a car plowed into the crowd of people protesting; in streets of Manhattan, injuring several people, according to New York City police and local news media reports.
The woman behind the wheel of the BMW sedan was detained; for questioning by law enforcement, the New York City Police Department said. The incident occurred just after 4 pm at the corner of 39th Street and Third Avenue; in the Murray Hill neighbourhood adjacent to Midtown Manhattan, police said.
None of the injuries appeared to be life threatening and the motorist involved; remained at the scene, as per the police. Few other official details were immediately available. Local media reports said six people were struck by the car, but it was unclear; as to how many people were taken to hospitals.
Some accounts on social media described a chaotic scene around; a stooped car surrounded by protestors, before the vehicle lurched into the crowd, sending some people and bicycle tumbling. Those reports could not immediately be confirmed by Reuters.
Police said several local media outlets said the protest was sponsored by the racial justice group Black lives Matter.
A Reuters photographer at the scene and at least one media outlet said that demonstration was held in solidarity with nine undocumented immigrants staging a hunger strike in a New Jersey lockup, in the custody of the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency.