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    re: Car plows through protesters during Ferguson rally in south Minneapolis [W:349]

    Quote Originally Posted by Phys251 View Post
    Context is everything. Here's a video of the incident:



    We see that the protesters have this intersection almost completely blocked. The car in question was coming from the top side of this intersection; note that traffic from here did have a narrow escape route to the road on the right. But instead of taking that escape route, the driver of this vehicle makes a highly suspect decision at 0:02 to change lanes to the *right*, where there was no escape route, instead of to the left, where there was. He or she then chooses to plow right through the protesters, who immediately swarm the car in apparent anger. He or she then drives further, hitting more pedestrians.

    Say what you want about the protesters and their blocking a public intersection. But I've watched this video several times, and I cannot find any justification for this driver's actions. None. Thank God nobody got seriously hurt, though.



    Considering their track record, it's hard to agree what we can trust the cops any more.
    He may not have seen the escape route.
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    re: Car plows through protesters during Ferguson rally in south Minneapolis [W:349]

    Quote Originally Posted by apdst View Post
    He may not have seen the escape route.
    Puh-lease. All he had to do at 0:00 was take just a few seconds, assess the situation, and then notice that cars were gradually escaping to the left. We're talking, what, two lanes over? Anyone who can't see that far should not even be behind the wheel. "May not have seen the escape route"...wow, that's laughably absurd...
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    re: Car plows through protesters during Ferguson rally in south Minneapolis [W:349]

    Quote Originally Posted by apdst View Post
    The rioters could have stayed out of the road.
    That is irrelevant here. The acts of the protesters are a separate issue.

    Given the situation as it was, the driver in question had a choice, and he made a very poor choice.
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    re: Car plows through protesters during Ferguson rally in south Minneapolis [W:349]

    Quote Originally Posted by rabbitcaebannog View Post
    These people were not rioting.
    No, they were intentionally blocking traffic cause a very dangerous road hazard on high speed freeways.

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    re: Car plows through protesters during Ferguson rally in south Minneapolis [W:349]

    Quote Originally Posted by rabbitcaebannog View Post
    There are tragic circumstances when accidents happen. This was no accident.
    No, it was an event caused by the willful obstruction of the road. Another low level Darwin Awards candidate.

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    re: Car plows through protesters during Ferguson rally in south Minneapolis [W:349]

    Quote Originally Posted by Phys251 View Post
    That is irrelevant here. The acts of the protesters are a separate issue.

    Given the situation as it was, the driver in question had a choice, and he made a very poor choice.
    Drivers make errors in direction all the time, happens in a second. Generally these sort of errors don't result in injury, but when you have a bunch of assholes swarming the roadway the chances of injury to someone rise exponentially. The truth is, had they not been illegally and stupidly in the roadway no one would have been harmed.

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    re: Car plows through protesters during Ferguson rally in south Minneapolis [W:349]

    Quote Originally Posted by clownboy View Post
    Drivers make errors in direction all the time, happens in a second. Generally these sort of errors don't result in injury, but when you have a bunch of assholes swarming the roadway the chances of injury to someone rise exponentially. The truth is, had they not been illegally and stupidly in the roadway no one would have been harmed.
    Bull****. Stop blaming the crowd--their actions are a separate issue. Drivers are 100% responsible for every action they take, even if it's an "accident." But this case was much more sinister. Go back and watch the video I posted. This driver CHOSE to plow through the crowd. This wasn't an accident, clownboy. This was a deliberate act to run people over.

    If this guy does not spend a LONG time behind bars, then it's just going to be further evidence that our justice system is utterly broken.
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    re: Car plows through protesters during Ferguson rally in south Minneapolis [W:349]

    Quote Originally Posted by Phys251 View Post
    Puh-lease. All he had to do at 0:00 was take just a few seconds, assess the situation, and then notice that cars were gradually escaping to the left. We're talking, what, two lanes over? Anyone who can't see that far should not even be behind the wheel. "May not have seen the escape route"...wow, that's laughably absurd...
    Under normal circumstances, most people don't see anything outside the perimeter of their windshield. It's perfectly reasonable to believe that he didn't notice what was going on 90 to his left.
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    re: Car plows through protesters during Ferguson rally in south Minneapolis [W:349]

    Quote Originally Posted by Phys251 View Post
    Bull****. Stop blaming the crowd--their actions are a separate issue. Drivers are 100% responsible for every action they take, even if it's an "accident." But this case was much more sinister. Go back and watch the video I posted. This driver CHOSE to plow through the crowd. This wasn't an accident, clownboy. This was a deliberate act to run people over.

    If this guy does not spend a LONG time behind bars, then it's just going to be further evidence that our justice system is utterly broken.
    What's a, "LONG", time?
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    re: Car plows through protesters during Ferguson rally in south Minneapolis [W:349]

    Quote Originally Posted by apdst View Post
    Under normal circumstances, most people don't see anything outside the perimeter of their windshield. It's perfectly reasonable to believe that he didn't notice what was going on 90 to his left.
    Stop making these pathetic excuses, apdst. They are indefensible. By your logic, drivers shouldn't be expected to even check their sideview mirrors.

    A reasonable person in this situation would have looked all around for the best escape route. Protip: It wasn't through the pack of people.
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