A) using a vehicle as a weapon can be justified...
B) if the people are threatening you
C) attempting to carefully navigate a civilian crowd is also fine if they are illegally impeding traffic which
D) doesn't justify vehicular assault (attempted or otherwise)...
However E) if you are attempting to go about your way, carefully, and the protesters choose to stand in front of your car and basically be dicks, they have at least some moral culpability for what follows...
Which doesn't change D.
If I were in a position of authority, I would arrest both individuals, recognizing that it was the protester who illegally created an unpassable problem, and the guy in the car illegally attempted to cut that Gordian Knot with violence.
As for me, I think the way to handle crowds like this is paintball guns, with frozen paintballs if they are being particularly dickish.
Also worth noting - It's not immediately clear if the protesters were hippies. If that is so, then (hippies not being people), none of the above would apply and the driver is in the clear.
“If we must have an enemy at the head of Government, let it be one whom we can oppose, and for whom we are not responsible, who will not involve our party in the disgrace of his foolish and bad measures.”
- Alexander Hamilton. Spiritual father of #NeverTrump
No I am not... there is nothing illegal about driving slowly through a crowd and I have personally done so many MANY times...Eh, ignore my previous question to you Bodhi, you're clearly just trolling.