BETHESDA, Md. (AP) — Park police in Maryland are looking for a man after a video appeared to show him violently grab an object from a child who was posting signs protesting the death of George Floyd.
The Maryland-National Capital Park Police tweeted that the assault occurred on Monday on the Capital Crescent Trail. The trail runs along MacArthur Boulevard in northwest Washington D.C. and into Montgomery County in Maryland.
We are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying the below individual in reference to an assault that took place this morning on the Capital Creacent trail. Please contact Det. Lopez at 301-929-2774 with any information. Pease reference case number 20001297. pic.twitter.com/EtC9Q0xBOp
— Park Police MC (@ParkPolice) June 2, 2020
In the 34-second video, the cyclist walks away from one woman whose right arm was extended toward the man. The cyclist then turns toward what appears to be a young girl. The woman yells, “She has nothing, do not touch her sir!” but the man grabs the girl’s arm for several seconds and wrestles an object from her.
The unidentified cyclist was then shown picking up his bicycle, running with it toward the person shooting the video and forcing that person to the ground.
The group of people said they were putting up flyers near Dalecarlia Tunnel in Bethesda promoting justice for Floyd. Bystander video showed a Minneapolis police officer pressing his knee on Floyd’s neck, ignoring Floyd’s “I can’t breathe” cries and staying on him even after he stopped moving.
See video of the assault from WTOP’s news partner, NBC Washington:
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