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Video shows motorcyclist driving into protester in Downtown SLO

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Posted at 6:45 PM, Sep 02, 2020

An incident involving a motorcyclist and an apparent protester in downtown San Luis Obispo Wednesday afternoon is under investigation.

Police say they responded to the area of Osos and Higuera streets at around 3:30 p.m.

Cell phone video shared with KSBY shows a few protesters on the sidewalk and three in the street chanting, “Power to the people, power, power,” before a motorcycle can be heard revving its engine. A motorcyclist can then be seen crossing the intersection toward the protesters and driving into one person who tried to get out of the way.

Police say it did not appear the person hit was injured.

The motorcyclist went to the police station to file a report, officers told KSBY.

The incident remains under investigations and no arrests have been made.

Officers were downtown at the time, monitoring the protest, and say they have contacted many witnesses and gathered evidence, including photos and video of the incident.

Police tweeted that if there are any additional witnesses with information regarding this event to call (805) 781-7312.

The “SLO Call to Action” event was scheduled to make its way through downtown San Luis Obispo Wednesday afternoon as a way to “make Dan Dow hear the nation’s voices.”

The event was scheduled prior to the announcement of charges being filed against protest organizer Tianna Arata and protester Elias Bautista.