A car drove down a Minneapolis street taken over by protesters. The protesters attacked the car. The media reacted with breathless horror.
Left-wing activists took over a street outside the Hennepin County Government Center Tuesday night as the first day of the Kim Potter trial concluded. Potter shot and killed a man named Daunte Wright earlier this year after she mistook her gun for a Taser.
Several videos of Tuesday night’s events show a vehicle making its way down the street as protesters attack it, apparently trying to access the driver.
On Tuesday night in Minneapolis at a #BLM protest against the jury selection for the Kim Potter trial (an ex-cop who shot criminal #DaunteWright), the rioters swarmed & attacked a vehicle. They tried to open the doors to pull the driver out. pic.twitter.com/J1NbfQ3dcm
— Andy Ngô 🏳️🌈 (@MrAndyNgo) December 1, 2021
The driver moves slowly through the mob with protesters in pursuit. The crowd catches up to the car as it stops at a traffic light before turning away from the protest.
higher res with interviews after from fb pic.twitter.com/9SqpjqrmaS
— oak_tree_upheaval (@oaktreeupheaval) December 1, 2021
Mainstream media’s description of the events make the situation sound significantly more dire than the videos show it to be. “A driver forced their car through a crowd,” writes Fox 9 in an article titled, “Driver forces car through crowd during Minneapolis protest on Kim Potter trial.”
WCCO ran a similar article, captioning a picture of the event: “A vehicle crashes into a group preparing to march outside the Hennepin County Government Center.” The photo they selected shows a man wearing a blue jacket on top of the car. Without context, one might assume the man was struck by the vehicle. Footage of the event shows that he climbed on top of the vehicle. WCCO doesn’t include any video in their report.
Smaller outlets have taken a similar angle. A left-leaning YouTube channel that posts Minneapolis crime content uploaded the footage with this incendiary headline: “*BREAKING* Car runs over protesters in Minneapolis who were protesting for Daunte Wright.”