2 women hit by speeding Jaguar on closed Seattle freeway during protests - Chicago Tribune
Category: News & PoliticsVia: drakkonis • 4 months ago • 252 comments
By: MARTHA BELLISLE (chicagotribune. com)
Well, it was bound to happen sooner or later. Two interesting things concerning this. First, had it been a white guy driving this car, the news media would have taken a very different approach in how they reported this. As it is, they already seem to be trying to make some sort of narrative without knowing anything much at all.
Second, I watched this on several YouTube sites, not for the images, which are disturbing, but the comments. I scrolled through hundreds of them and every last one of them thought these people got what they deserved. I couldn't find even one dissenter. Not a single person who felt sorry for them.
Personally, it's hard to watch what happens to those women, but at the same time, I'm not sorry there were consequences for their actions. They had been tying up the freeway for more than an hour. Nearly two, by some accounts, but I'm not sure. There is no justification for what they were doing. No way to justify it. Just because someone believes in their cause doesn't give them the right to force everyone else to bend to their will. They don't get to screw over everyone else so that they can feel their Justice Warrior high.
I hope these women will be okay, but I don't really feel sorry for what happened to them. I hope they learn something from this. I hope others do, too.
Lastly, I hope the driver gets a fair hearing. It seems as if the media is already trying to put it's own spin on things.
By MARTHA BELLISLEAssociated Press| Jul 04, 2020 at 11:37 AM
SEATTLE — A 27-year-old man drove a white Jaguar onto a closed freeway in Seattle early Saturday and barreled through a panicked crowd of protesters, critically injuring two women, officials said.
A photo provided by the Washington State Patrol shows the vehicle of Dawit Kelete, who is suspected of driving into a protest on Interstate 5 in Seattle. Seattle has been the site of prolonged unrest following the May 25 police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. ... more (Washington State Patrol via AP)
Dawit Kelete of Seattle drove the car around vehicles that were blocking Interstate 5 and sped into the crowd at about 1:40 a.m., according to a police report released by the Washington State Patrol. Video taken at the scene by protesters showed people shouting "Car! Car!" before fleeing the roadway.
Summer Taylor, 24, of Seattle and Diaz Love, 32, of Bellingham were in critical condition with multiple injuries, according to Harborview Medical Center spokeswoman Susan Gregg.
Love was filming the protest in a nearly two-hour-long Facebook livestream captioned "Black Femme March takes I-5" when the video ended abruptly; with about 15 seconds left, shouts of "Car!" can be heard as the camera starts to shake before screeching tires and the sound of impact are heard.
Graphic video on social media showed the car striking two people.
The driver was in custody, Washington State Patrol Capt. Ron Mead said. He was booked into the King County Correctional Facility at 7:24 a.m. Saturday on two counts of vehicular assault. Bail was denied. It was not immediately clear if Kelete had an attorney who could speak on his behalf.
Officials were trying to determine the motive as well as point of entry onto the interstate. Mead said Kelete was suspected to have driven the wrong way on a ramp. Troopers did not know whether it was a targeted attack, but impairment was not considered a factor, Mead said.
Seattle has been the site of prolonged unrest following the May 25 police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, which sparked nationwide protests. Dozens of people were arrested this past week in connection with protests as demonstrations continue after authorities cleared the "Capitol Hill Occupied Protest" zone Wednesday morning.
Mead said at the press conference that protesters had shut down the interstate for 19 days in a row. He emphasized that the freeway is "simply not a safe place" for pedestrians, and said he hoped protesters would cease what he termed "unlawful behavior" in blocking the interstate.
"My hope is, as a result of this tragedy, protesters will reconsider their desire to be on the interstate because I cannot guarantee their safety, plain and simple," Mead said.
Protesters were on the freeway for more than an hour before the car drove around the blockade around 1:36 a.m., Mead said.
The state patrol tweeted out two pictures of the driver's car with significant damage to its bumper and windshield.
Seattle police tweeted that they were assisting with the scene, as southbound lanes of the freeway remained closed for investigation.