A man on a red motorcycle has been arrested after he allegedly tried to run over activists who had staged a protest against the American Health Care Act ("Trumpcare") at 7th and Mission, reported SFGate.
The event, which had been intended to block the intersection for ten minutes, was already seven minutes in when the man attempted to run over the protestors.
“He was revving and revving, he was gunning it, aiming at people who were laying down,” witness Tracey Brieger of Emeryville told SFGate.
"As he was turning around to try again, he was arrested by police at gunpoint," said another witness, Chema Del Rincon, on Twitter.
Police immediately surrounded the man. According to witnesses, the man reportedly laughed as he got off his bike.
The protest was organized by San Francisco Rising, a coalition of organizations who focus on San Francisco’s working-class communities of color.
According to SFGate, the motorcycle was registered to a Jeffrey Dillon, a San Francisco resident. Dillon was also allegedly an administrator of a Facebook group called the "White Privilege Club."
“I am proud of who I am and my people,” Dillon wrote. “The media and these social justice warriors are going to try to shame us with the words ‘white privilege,’ well we will throw it right back at them and wear it as a badge of honor.”
In another post, that has now been deleted, Dillon said that he could not be racist.
"Yell 'White Pride' and people look at you like ive got a clan outfit on," he wrote. "I married a slant eye import, so you know i aint racist :wink:"
However, despite the incident, activists said that the protest was still a success.
The action itself was super inspiring though, despite the aggravated assault.— Chema del Rincón (@elsanfranciscan) June 21, 2017
We have reached out to SFPD to find out if there were any injuries sustained in the incident.
Update, 6/22: According to SFPD, the man was cited for reckless driving and released without being booked into San Francisco jail.
There were no injuries from the incident.
Thank you to tipster Tre, who first alerted us to this incident.