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A police officer in Washington state was caught on video ramming his marked SUV into a crowd and running over a pedestrian Saturday night.
The disturbing incident happened in downtown Tacoma, where some 100 people had gathered to watch cars race at around 6 p.m., KIRO7 reported.
Cops arrived after 6:20 p.m. and one police cruiser was immediately surrounded by a crowd of pedestrians, some of whom banged on the windows, Tacoma police said.
Videos on social media shows the police SUV backing up briefly, then plowing forward into the crowd, knocking several pedestrians down to the ground and appearing to run over at least one of them.
The SUV then drives away as shocked witnesses shout “Oh my God! Oh my God!” the video shows.
The police had been called to the scene because the intersection of South 9th Street and Pacific Avenue was blocked by drivers performing doughnuts on the street, KIRO reported.
A witness told KOMO-TV the police cruiser hit a crowd of at least 20 people and one man had tire marks on him after being run over.
The man who was struck also had his shoes blown off because of the impact, the witness said.
One person was taken to the hospital and the condition is unknown, police said.
City Manager Elizabeth Pauli told Tacoma’s News Tribune on Saturday night that the officer involved will be placed on leave and she is turning the case over to county investigators.
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