Police say 1 person hurt after truck drives through crowd in downtown Madison, activist group calls incident a hate crime
MADISON, Wis. — A person suffered minor injuries after a pick-up truck drove through a crowd early Sunday morning, according to police. A local activist group said they think the incident was intentional and the driver was a white supremacist.
Law enforcement officials said at 2:25 a.m. police were dispatched to North Frances St and University Ave about reports of a pick-up truck that drove through a large crowd of people in the street.
Once police arrived to the scene, they found one victim who had been struck by the truck. The victim was transported to a local hospital for minor injuries.
Officials said the suspect ran from the scene prior to police arrival.
Following the incident, representatives with the local non-profit Urban Triage, a group that has led many of the recent Black Lives Matter protests and conversations about racial injustice, claimed a Black woman was hit by a white supremacist.
In a Facebook post, Urban Triage also said the officer on the scene did not call medical assistance for 30 minutes, and pepper sprayed the victim and her friends and family.
The group is encouraging people to write to Madison Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway and other alders demanding they call this incident a hate crime. When asked to comment on those claims, Madison police had no comment and said they are following multiple leads.
According to a police incident report, people told authorities the driver of the truck was an employee of nearby Wando’s Bar and Grill, but police said there is nothing to suggest that the driver of the truck has any association with the restaurant. Officials said the owners at Wando’s are cooperating with the investigation.
Officers are reviewing traffic cameras and several leads to determine the identity of the driver.
If anyone has information on this incident, contact Madison Area Crime Stoppers at 608-266-6014, or on the web at P3Tips.com
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