Tragedy in Reno – Truck Hits Crowd During Columbus Day Protest

Posted By Toyacoyah Brown October 12th, 2016 Last Updated on: October 12th, 2016


Investigations are still ongoing in incident in which a truck drove through a crowd during a Columbus Day march put on by the American Indian Movement of Northern Nevada (AIMNN). Thank goodness only five people were being treated for minor injuries and nothing worse happened!

According to KOLO-TV:

Police say a group of about 40 protesters, with no protest permit, was standing in the crosswalk blocking traffic at the Reno arch. Some of the protesters were from the American Indian Movement of Northern Nevada. The driver of a pickup drove southbound on Virginia Street and stopped in front of the protest, at which point, police say, several of the protesters approached the truck. There was a confrontation between the occupants of the truck and the protesters that went on for about a minute. At some point during the confrontation with the protesters, the driver of the truck drove forward through the crowd before leaving the scene.

There are witness accounts, still being investigated, that the truck was seen multiple times in the area before the incident.

Many videos were indeed posted of the incident including this one from Taylor de Lao who livestreamed the march on Facebook.

Warning: The following videos may be hard for some people to watch

A video was also posted on YouTube of the incident, in which you can hear interactions between the crowd and the driver of the truck moments before he revved the engine:

Reno Mayor Hillary Schieve released a statement about the incident:

This incident is troublesome and saddens us deeply. I take these matters very seriously, and I believe they must be investigated thoroughly and promptly. Public safety is our highest priority, and I want all Reno residents to know that we are working swiftly and diligently to make sense of the events that took place last night. Please be advised that the Reno Police Department will hold anyone responsible accountable for their actions once the investigation has concluded.

I respect an individual or group’s right to conduct lawful protest, and encourage people to express their First Amendment rights.

Again, I want to reiterate if anyone has any information, including photos and videos, it is extremely important that you come forward by contacting the Reno Police Department at 775-334-2115, or Secret Witness at 775-322-4900.

Speedy recovery for all that were hurt in the incident.

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About Toyacoyah Brown

Toyacoyah Brown is an enrolled member of the Comanche Nation, currently living in Chicago. She received her B.A. in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma and an M.A. in Media Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. When she's not scouring the Internet for fun things to share with PowWows.com readers you can find her digging for vinyl in her local record store or curling up with a good book.

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