Police Hunt Cyclist In Assault On Child Posting George Floyd Protest Sign
Police in Maryland said Friday they are investigating a “good lead” to identify a bicyclist seen in viral video assaulting a girl who reportedly was putting up signs protesting the police killing of George Floyd. The cyclist also appeared to attack a man who took the video. (See the video below.)
“We’re working on a good lead and I’m confident it’s a good one,” Detective Crystal Lopez of the Maryland-National Capital Park Police told HuffPost.
The video, taken earlier this week on the Capital Crescent Trail linking Washington and Bethesda, Maryland, shows the helmeted man off his bicycle approaching a woman.
“Get away from me!” she yells.
He then rushes toward what appears to be a young girl as the woman and the man taking the video urge the cyclist not to touch her and leave.
The cyclist seems to forcefully grab the girl’s arm, wrests something from her and mutters an expletive.
He then rushes at the man, who tumbles to the ground, dropping the camera.
“He runs it into me and pins me to the ground,” the man, who asked that his name not be used, said, per NBC in Washington.
“You want it? I’ll give it to you,” the alleged victim can be heard saying to the cyclist.
Online speculation about the cyclist’s identity followed.
In a tweet Thursday night, the Maryland-National Capital Park Police encouraged people to “keep the tips coming.”
“Please remember that all people are innocent until proven otherwise,” the tweet added.
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