Seattle, WA – A Seattle police officer has been placed on administrative leave while the department investigates a video that showed him running over a protester with his bicycle (video below).
The incident occurred on Sept. 23 during violent protests in Seattle following a Louisville grand jury’s decision not to charge any police officers with the death of Breonna Taylor, CBS News reported.
One Seattle police officer was knocked off of his bike that same night and hit in the back of his head by a bat-wielding rioter during the violent uprising in downtown Seattle.
Video showed officers in crowd control gear attempting to clear the streets after a riot was declared.
There was a large group of officers on foot and on bicycles making their way down the street, loudly ordering protesters to move out of the way.
One protester threw himself to the ground across the center markings of the roadway, directly in the path of the oncoming police bicycles, the video showed.
The video showed that one of the bike cops who was walking alongside his bike pushed his bicycle up and over the head of the protester on the ground and continued walking without stopping.
Initial reports claimed the officer had ridden his bike over the protester’s head, but video of the incident disproved that assertion.
The Seattle Police Department’s Office of Police Accountability (OPA) said it had received more than 30 complaints about the incident which quickly went viral on social media, CBS News reported.
OPA said that the Seattle PD’s Force Investigation Team had investigation and found “potential violations of SPD policy, as well as potential criminal conduct.
The incident has been referred to the King County Sheriff’s Office for a potential criminal investigation, CBS News reported.
Seattle police have not said whether the officer is being paid during the OPA and sheriff’s department investigations into his conduct.
Watch the incident unfold in the video below. WARNING – Graphic content and obscene language: