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A car struck a protester Wednesday night during demonstrations in downtown Bakersfield, according to police.

The protester suffered moderate to major injuries and was taken to a hospital by ambulance, according to Bakersfield Police Sgt. Nathan McCauley. The incident happened on eastbound California Avenue just west of Oak Street at about 10:30 p.m. The driver of a gray Acura TL was arrested, McCauley said, but no further information was available as of 11:15 p.m.

It was a night of contentious activity between protestors and drivers.

Earlier several pickup trucks confronted demonstrators.

During an incident on Truxtun Avenue, a man stepped out of his truck, argued with protesters and indicated he had a weapon.

In a separate incident on California Avenue, a truck accelerated quickly toward a group of protesters before slamming the brakes. Moments later, another truck confronted protesters in what appeared to be an act of intimidation and a demonstrator threw a water bottle at the truck, resulting in further confrontation.

McCauley said the department was aware of the encounters and had stopped different vehicles leaving the protest area.

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REMUDA

Sadly, unfortunate consequences of street protests ensue which often attract non-residents.

Sometime we (and they) forget . . . ." . . . the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.." . . . is often unsafe . . .

" . . . peaceably . . . " (in street traffic?)

Zeppo

People are fed-up with this faux protest. It's no longer about George Floyd, it's about anarchy!

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