By Associated Press - Sunday, August 23, 2020

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - Authorities are investigating after a car drove through a group of protesters in downtown Iowa City on Friday night, but no serious injuries were reported as part of the incident.

Iowa City Police said they identified the driver who went through a group of at least 100 protesters Friday, and are seeking more details from people who were part of the event organized by the Iowa Freedom Riders civil rights group.

Video of the incident was posted online. University of Iowa student Erik Fisher said he was filming the protest from an apartment balcony.

“When he went through the crowd, I was shocked. I couldn’t believe someone would do that,” Fisher said to the Iowa City Press-Citizen.

The Iowa Freedom Riders group was established earlier this year after the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. The Black man died after a white police officer used his knee to pin down Floyd’s neck, sparking protests across the country.

Organizers said Friday’s march was planned to demand additional action from Iowa City leaders. The group wants more information about what happened when tear gas was used to disperse crowds on June 3 and additional investigation of a death that was ruled an accidental drowning this summer.

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