- Associated Press - Thursday, January 8, 2015

DENVER (AP) - The family of a police officer hit by a car during a student protest in Denver says he is breathing on his own.

Relatives of Officer John Adsit said in a statement Thursday that he has undergone 11 surgeries and has been moved to a long-term care hospital in serious condition. His tracheotomy has been removed, and he was able to stand for the first time last Friday.

Adsit’s family says it’s a miracle he survived.

Adsit and three other bicycle officers were hit by a driver who apparently suffered a medical emergency as they monitored a protest of hundreds of students from Denver’s East High School.

The students were protesting a decision not to prosecute a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, in the death of an unarmed black man.

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