DENVER — Four Denver police officers were injured after being struck by a car during a Wednesday morning demonstration by high school students who walked out to protest the grand jury’s decision last week in Ferguson, Missouri.
The officers, one of whom was in critical condition, were providing crowd control on bicycles when they were hit by the vehicle, whose driver was experiencing a “medical emergency,” according to the Denver police.
The driver was transported to the Denver Health Medical Center. Two of the officers suffered minor injuries, while one had serious injuries and the fourth was critical and in surgery, said Denver Police Chief Robert White said at a briefing.
“We believe the vehicle that struck the officers, that driver was suffering some kind of illness, Mr. White said at the briefing, according to 7News in Denver. “That will be part of the investigation.”
Hundreds of students at East High School walked out of class at about 10 a.m. to protest the grand jury’s decision Nov. 24 not to indict the officer who shot and killed 18-year-old Michael Brown. Some students carried a black banner with the message, “We are Ferguson.”
The march drew about 1,000 people, who walked to the state capital, blocked a major intersection, and then headed back toward the school shortly after noon, 7News reported.