Last May a woman in an SUV was being chased by an angry mob of Black Lives Matter activists at a George Floyd riot. In her effort to escape from a violent unruly crowd she was forced to hit one of the rioters.
She was eventually charged with a crime.
A woman who hit a protester with her SUV last May was found not guilty of assault, 9NEWS reported.
Viral video shows driver Jennifer Watson fleeing a chaotic scene on May 28, 2020, after numerous people surrounded, pounded on, or jumped on her vehicle while apparently protesting police after George Floyd’s death. As she drives off and finally breaks free from the crowd, she hits one male protester, identified as 22-year-old Max Bailey.
According to her defense team, 9NEWS reported earlier this month, 37-year-old Watson was found not guilty to an assault charge. She was, however, found guilty of a misdemeanor reckless driving charge.
“The incident, which was caught on video, happened May 28, 2020 near the intersection off Colfax Avenue and Broadway,” 9News reported (see video below). “Video shows several people surrounding her SUV and eventually when she drives off, her car veering to the right, knocking a man to the ground.”
Watson was apparently caught in a traffic jam because of a protest in Denver over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Watson’s attorney said she was simply trying to get home when she was “diverted” by protesters near the state capitol.
“She was alone in her car with her dog when she was surrounded by people who began kicking and hitting her car and taunting and yelling at her,” Brackley told the news station. “While stopped, Mr. Max Bailey jumped up onto the hood of her car and her windshield was smashed in two places. She was fearful for her safety.”
WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 16: Anti-Trump protestors gather at Black Lives Matter Plaza on January 16, 2021 in Washington, DC. After last week's riots at the U.S. Capitol Building, the FBI has warned of additional threats in the nation's capital and in all 50 states. According to reports, as many as 25,000 National Guard soldiers will be guarding the city as preparations are made for the inauguration of Joe Biden as the 46th U.S. President. (Photo by Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images)