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Motorist Sounds Off to Black Lives Matter Protestors Blocking Street. When They Surround His SUV, He Decides He's Had Enough.


"As many as 100 protesters were setting off fireworks, chanting and marching through the streets."

Image source: KFVS-TV

An Illinois man plowed his SUV through a group of Black Lives Matter demonstrators who were blocking a highway near Carbondale, Illinois, Sunday.

Before that happened, however, the driver stopped his car, got out and said, "All lives matter — not blacks, all lives," according to KFVS-TV.

Police told KFVS that Carbondale officers began monitoring demonstrators who were marching along Washington Street in Carbondale at around 10 p.m.

According to the station, "as many as 100 protesters were setting off fireworks, chanting and marching through the streets" when the man in the SUV pulled up at around 11 p.m. After the driver reportedly made his comment about Black Lives Matter, he drove right through the crowd.

Police said an unidentified demonstrator was either hit by the passing SUV or jumped on the hood of the vehicle. They said the man in the SUV drove off before stopping again a block away.

Demonstrators then followed the vehicle and surrounded it, after which the driver tried to exit the vehicle and was hit in the face by an unknown suspect, according to police.

Another unknown demonstrator then set off a smoke bomb inside of the victim's vehicle, causing it to fill with smoke. The SUV had to be towed from the area, KFVS reported.

Shortly after the incident, Carbondale Police officers rushed over to break up the crowds.

Police said Monday that no suspects have been identified yet and that the driver had minor injuries and did not require medical care.

According to KFVS, Sunday night's protest was the second demonstration in a week in Carbondale over officer-involved shootings.

Organizers said they plan to march again on Wednesday evening, starting at the Town Square Pavilion.

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