A 37-year-old woman has been found not guilty of assault over an incident in Denver, Colorado, in May 2020, when she accidentally hit a young protester from a George Floyd rally who had jumped on her car.
The incident was caught in a video that went viral on social media, and shows Jennifer Watson’s SUV surrounded by a mob of angry youngsters, many pounding on her car, with one of them climbed up on her vehicle’s hood.
He then jumps off on the ground and starts walking, and she tries to get out of the site, driving chaotically, seemingly in a fit of fear and panic, she hits him accidentally.
The protester is knocked to the ground as she veers to the right, and then turns left to drive away.
The incident is followed by angry shouts after her car by the seemingly violent mob of youngsters.
The incident in question occurred on May 28, 2020, close to the Colfax Avenue and Broadway intersection in Denver, several days after the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police officers, which sparked race riots garnished with mass-scale looting across America’s major cities.
While the 37-year-old woman, who is an interior designer, was found not guilty of assault, however, she was found guilty of careless driving, a misdemeanor charge.
The person who jumped on Watson’s windshield was later identified as 22-year-old Max Bailey, a white male.
Watson’s lawyer, Ryan Brackley, told the court that her client was – quite logically and naturally – afraid for her safety when the incident occurred, as cited by local news site 9News.
The lawyer explained that she was just trying to go home when she got caught in a traffic jam caused by a George Floyd rally mob in downtown Denver, and her vehicle got diverted by the rioters near Colorado’s state Capitol.
One of the protesters obviously lied
Brackley painted a chilling picture of how the young woman was alone in her car only with her dog, when a violence-prone mob started hitting and kicking her car and yelling insults at her.
When her car was stopped, Bailey, apparently one of the most aggressive protesters, immediately jumped on the hood of the SUV and smashed her windshield in two spots.
Bailey himself, in turn, in a seemingly impudent testimony, claimed that he climbed on Watson’s car hood out of fear that she might run him over – although in the video he doesn’t appear to show any fear but instead looks violence-prone.
He further claims that he stood in front of the car in the first place in order to “make sure” people were “safe”, and to “get this lady to stop”, i.e. to prevent her, “from running over protesters.”
The most expensive protests ever
Bailey then alleged that she accelerated towards him, and he had to get on top of the car to avoid getting run over.
The looting atrocities committed by Black Lives Matter and other protesters in the wake of George Floyd’s death in 2020 have by now become notorious with their intensity and violence, and the failure or unwillingness of many local and state authorities to crack down on the looters and protect law-abiding Americans and job-creating businesses.
According to reports from the fall of 2020, insurance companies were to pay $2 billion to cover damages, which made the George Floyd riots the most expensive insurance event in history.
The Rodney King riots costing $1.4 in today’s dollars, while race riots in LA and Detroit cost about $350 million each.