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Driver released without charges after confrontation with Times Square BLM protesters

2020-07-11

A motorist nabbed by cops for driving off after getting into a confrontation with Black Lives Matter protesters in Times Square has been released without charges, police said Wednesday.

The 35-year-old man was taken into custody about 9:30 p.m. Tuesday after he tangled with protesters on bicycles at W. 42nd St. and Sixth Ave.

Protesters claimed the driver, behind the wheel of a Dodge Durango, tried to run some of them over and that he dragged a bicycle thrown under his car down the block. When he drove off they pursued him to Broadway, where police took him into custody.

A 30-second video posted online shows some of the confrontation between the driver and the protesters. Someone can be heard threatening to “pop the tires” on the vehicle moments before it speeds off.

One of the marchers was hospitalized after having a panic attack, police said.

Police said the bike was thrown under the Durango to prevent the driver from leaving and that there was nothing to indicate he was trying to hurt anyone. Police said it appears the driver was just trying to avoid the crowd.