According to a report, Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds’ car hit a Black Lives Matter demonstrator that blocked the vehicle’s road on Tuesday.
Jaylen Cavil, an organizer from Des Moines Black Lives Matter, said he stood outside the governor’s car outside an event in Ackley, hoping that Reynolds would open the window to talk to the demonstrators. Des Moines Register reported.
The demonstrators were banned from the event.
“The SUV used by Gov. Drove towards me,” Cavil said to the exit. “I was standing right in front of the car and I stood there. I was like, going to stop here. No doubt the governor’s driver won’t hit me with his car. “
“This is the governor who should represent me, governor,” he said. “I’m sure his car won’t knowingly hit me. I was wrong. “
Cavil later went to Twitter on hilly encounter.
“I’m physically fine,” he wrote. “He’s still shocked and trying to process the fact that the governor’s car deliberately hit me today.”
Reynolds spokesman refused to comment on the incident, but state police later confirmed it in a statement.
“Preliminary reports of law enforcement officers at the scene show that the demonstrator intentionally stepped in front of the moving vehicle,” Sgt. Alex Dinkla said to the exit. “The demonstrator had no injuries, did not seek medical treatment and continued his studies.”
Cavil said that an Iowa State Patrol soldier was walking towards him after the incident and started yelling at him as “stupid.”
The activist was among about a dozen demonstrators calling on the governor to sign an executive order that restored voting rights for his former minuses who served his time.
The city’s BLM members met twice with Reynolds to encourage signing the order, but at least for now he hasn’t decided to sign it.