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A video appears to show a pickup truck charging into protesters during a rally in Iowa where they protested against the Roe v Wade decision.
Police told local media that at least one person was beaten in downtown Cedar Rapids as mass protests are taking place across the United States.
Police said a group of protesters was crossing the street near the federal courthouse around 7:17 pm when a pick-up truck hit a protester.
The collision occurred after verbal confrontations between protesters and a driver.local ABC affiliate station KCRG reported.
Cedar Rapids Councilmember Ashley Vanorny was at the protest and tweeted about the incident.
“Tonight, a pickup truck jumped traffic and ran over peaceful protesters crossing the pedestrian walkway at the Federal Courthouse,” he wrote.
“I was walking past them, the crowd included children next to me.”
In an interview with The Sun, Vanorny explained that the demonstrators were in the streets to protest in response to the Supreme Court decision.
After the speeches, the protesters walked through the city while chanting.
“Everything was peaceful. Everybody cared about their Ps and Qs,” she said.
“As we were finishing, literally the last stretch, crossing the street to get back to where we started, a truck decided to get impatient.
“I think he had nothing to do with anything we were there for, and he decided to go overboard. He wasn’t even the first (vehicle) on the stop and he hit people as they were crossing.”
She claims the truck driver “pushed” the protesters at first before “deciding to do it again.”
Vanorny claims that the driver ran over a person’s foot and knocked at least three people to the ground before speeding away.
Another witness also described seeing three people trying to push the truck backwards during the chaos.
Police told KCRG that an injured pedestrian was interviewed at the scene and taken to a local hospital for evaluation.
The driver involved in the incident was also interviewed and detectives were working to find surveillance video, police said.
No charges had been filed and police were still working to determine if the collision was intentional as of Friday night, according to KCRG.
“Luckily everyone is alive and there were no life-threatening injuries by a long shot, but I think everyone is pretty scared,” Councilwoman Vanorny said.
He thanked the Cedar Rapids Police Department for their quick response to the incident.
“It is truly disheartening and disgusting for me as a council member that this has happened to my citizens, but I will say that my council takes this very seriously. We’re not going to let it go.
“This type of thing is not allowed in Cedar Rapids and we will make sure this person is held accountable.”
The decision made by the Supreme Court will leave abortion issues in the hands of state legislators, ultimately resulting in an outright ban on the procedure in about half of the states.
Huge crowds of protesters gathered outside the Supreme Court and in several cities, including Chicago, Philadelphia, Denver, San Francisco, and New York City.
Protests were also planned in Florida, Missouri, Georgia and Texas.
* 13 US states will ban abortion within 30 days and another seven are tipped to do so soon
* Biden called the Supreme Court decision a “tragic mistake” and said restoring abortion rights is up to voters
* Supreme Court eliminates Roe. vs. Wade and the constitutional right to abortion