Target: Jason Soto, Reno Chief of Police
Goal: Arrest man accused of driving his truck through a crowd of people protesting Columbus Day and the Dakota Access Pipeline.
A group of people organized by the American Indian Movement of Northern Nevada walked down the streets of Reno protesting Columbus Day and the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL), when a white pickup truck reportedly plowed through them. Police were called to the scene and even spoke to the driver, yet no arrest was made. Witness testimonies and videos have been widely shared, yet Reno police have been reluctant to give any details into their investigation.
Live video of the protest, which was streamed on Facebook, reveals the entire incident. At the start, when the protesters are walking down the sidewalk, the white truck can be seen driving by and a man inside can be heard yelling obscenities at them. The protesters soon crowd in front of the Reno Arch to take pictures holding their signs. Officials reported that the protest was not registered with the city and was therefore not allowed to block streets, but that does not excuse what happened to these peaceful people.
The video shows some protesters immediately fleeing the street when the truck approaches while others go to talk with the two people inside. More cursing can be heard, and the driver revs the engine several times in an act of aggression as protesters surround the front of the vehicle. Not more than a minute later, the truck begins to move through the people, pushing some aside and knocking others over. The truck then seems to stop before squealing its tires and taking off completely.
Regardless of motivation, this is an apparent attempt at murder as well as a hit and run. Evidence of this man cursing at and scouting out the protesters should be enough to also warrant this as a hate crime. A 59-year-old woman was run over by the truck and now suffers pelvic injuries while several others incurred minor wounds. The driver of this vehicle should not be allowed to walk free. Demand that he be arrested and charged.
Dear Chief Soto,
Many were outraged by the recent news of a truck plowing through a crowd of peaceful protesters, but we are more angry that an arrest has yet to be made. The man driving the truck cursed at the protesters, violently pushed his vehicle through the crowd, and left the scene of his crime. Your department spoke to the suspect shortly after the incident, yet the man is not under your arrest.
Your community, especially those physically wounded by this crime, are extremely disappointed in your lack of action. It is hard to believe that there are any circumstances under which this crime would not be dealt with immediately. We demand that you arrest the driver of that truck and use the full power of your office to attain justice for the protesters.
[Your Name Here]
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