An NYPD spokesperson told Gothamist that police had been escorting the car to a nearby parking lot, but that the driver had “missed the turn,” which still doesn’t explain why they rammed the gas pedal, drove through a mass of bodies, and disappeared somehow without being immediately apprehended in midtown Manhattan.
My push bar is on the way and the last two things that need to be installed are the centre console and spotlight. ” A push bar—standard on most law enforcement vehicles—is installed for the express purpose of allowing the vehicle to initiate collisions with other cars (or in this case, peaceful protesters.
A quick VIN search confirms that the car is a police series vehicle and was originally government-owned, with non-standard specs to match. “This auto is NOT an NYPD vehicle,” the NYPD tweeted this morning, contrary to rampant speculation.
In videos of the incident, the license plate is legible, and only turns up results in two states—as a 15-year-old SUV in Virginia, or as a police interceptor-type Ford sedan in New York which remains an in-use make for the NYPD.
Last night, New York City police were filmed in Times Square, gently ushering Black Lives Matter counter-protesters into the back of a black sedan, which very much resembled a police cruiser, with New York plates.
Gothamist found that the car’s salvage auction matches that of a car posted on August 5th to the Facebook page of Blue Lives Matter diehard Hakim Masjid Abdul Gibson, captioned: “Finally got it on the streets. This car is gorgeous.
Gibson—who ran the “Perception of Law Enforcement” page on Instagram, according to Gothamist—also posted video of last night’s Times Square protest on Facebook, writing “Someone tell me does this look anywhere near peaceful at all?