Updated Jun 1, 2020 - Politics & Policy

Man arrested after tanker truck drives toward Minneapolis protesters

 People climbed atop the tanker as continued to move after plowing into protesters

The tanker after plowing into protesters on the shut-down bridge in Minneapolis on Sunday evening. Authorities said it appeared protesters escaped injury. Photo: Jeff Wheeler/Star Tribune via Getty Images

Minnesota authorities said they arrested the driver of a truck who drove into demonstrators on a Minneapolis bridge Sunday evening while the eight-lane road was closed for a protest.

Details: Minnesota Department of Public Safety tweeted that the man had been initially taken to the hospital "with non-life threatening injuries" and was later released. It didn't appear that any of the protesters were wounded in the incident, the department said.

  • The incident happened as protesters gathered at the Interstate 35W bridge across the Mississippi River just before 6pm local time on Sunday.
  • Authorities announced they were closing major roads at 5pm, including I-35W.
  • The public safety department said in a later Twitter post that camera footage indicated "the semi was on I-35W as authorities were closing the road. It didn’t appear to drive through any barricades."
  • Public Safety commissioner John Harrington said 5,000–6,000 people were on the bridge at the time, per the Star Tribune.

The big picture: The peaceful demonstration came on the sixth say of protests and unrest in Minneapolis following the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who died after a white police officer kneeled on his neck for about eight minutes in the city on May 25.

Editor's note: This article has been updated with new details throughout.

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