Four Denver police officers were injured Wednesday when they were hit by a vehicle during a school protest over a Grand Jury decision in Ferguson Missouri last week. The incident occurred at 11:55 a.m. near East Colfax Avenue and Williams Street. Students walked out of class in protest and were returning to the school when four Denver bicycle unit police officers were struck by a black Mercedes sedan. A witness said one of the police officers may have been dragged by the vehicle about a block.
Officer John Adsit, a bike officer in the departmentâ€™s District 6, suffered the worst injuries. The officer is now undergoing surgery at Denver Health Medical Center, and is said to be in critical condition.
Two of the officers hit were taken to the hospital and treated. They were released less than an hour later. Another was treated on the scene by emergency crews and not hospitalized. Denver Police Chief Robert White said â€œThree of the four (officers) I think will be fine. The other one, obviously weâ€™ll keep and his family in prayer and hopefully things will turn out okay,â€
The driver of the car was taken to the hospital and is listed as being in fair condition.
A woman who saw what happened said, “The kids were protesting and the cops were managing it and out of nowhere thereâ€™s just a black vehicle that came through here and they hit that cyclist and then they went through the parking lot and they hit another vehicle,â€
The students left the school at 10:00 am to gather with close to 1,000 people near the Capitol at 11:30 a.m. The protest was over the decision not to indict Officer Darren Wilson, a police officer that shot and killed 18-year-old Michael Brown. The officers were escorting the children back to school when they were hit by the vehicle.