A Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department vehicle plowed into a grandmother and then drove off during a protest on March 31 against the police shooting of Stephon Clark in California.
The victim was 61-year-old Wanda Cleveland, who was standing close to the curb when the vehicle hit her; the grandmother landed on her hip and shoulder and hit her head, notes the State Hornet.
Cleveland recalled to the incident to The Sacramento Bee from the hospital:
He never even stopped. It was a hit and run. If I did that I’d be charged. It’s disregard for human life.
The Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department tried to play down her “minor injuries” and blamed protesters for the hit-and-run, notes the State Hornet:
The Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department is conducting an internal review of the incident and the California Highway Patrol is investigating the collision…
[Protesters had been] yelling while pounding and kicking the vehicles’ exterior [and that the vehicle] sustained scratches, dents, and a shattered rear window.
The damage to the vehicle was not a result of the collision involving the pedestrian but was caused by vandals in the crowd.