The local reporting is a bit thin on this incident on Saturday night in Tacoma, Washington, but it looks like another episode of “Play Stupid Games, Win Stupid Prizes”. It also reflects the consequences of a public mentality of disrespect for the police and lack of regard for their effort to do their job as they have sworn an oath to do.
From video and eyewitness accounts posted on Twitter, the circumstances seem to be the gathering of a large crowd at a Tacoma intersection to watch various cars do “burn-out donuts” in the intersection.
As shown in the top video, a Tacoma police vehicle drives up to the intersection with its emergency lights activated and it is met by a crowd of people who attempt to surround the police vehicle to prevent it from going further forward. Without warning the police vehicle accelerates knocking a dozen or more people to the ground. You can see from the way the police vehicle “bounces” that one or more people actually fell under the tires of the police vehicle as it drove through the crowd and into the intersection.
But the second video gives a bit more perspective on what was happening. Just prior to the action by the officer driving the police vehicle, a dark colored vehicle doing donuts in the intersection had hit a bystander with its rear end as it swung around. When the police vehicle accelerated through the crowd, it was actually doing so in order to pursue the other vehicle that had just struck a bystander and then fled in the direction away from where the police vehicle had come.
They were not responding to a burnout. One of the cars doing donuts hit someone… pic.twitter.com/4lFhssu4y9
— TrashPanda (@TacticoolRacoon) January 24, 2021
Here are some additional videos posted on Twitter:
— Rahsaan〽️ (@marcelhoopla) January 24, 2021
— Henry Warren (@HalWarren_) January 24, 2021
Late Saturday night the Tacoma PD put out a statement:
“At approximately 6:19 p.m. this evening, South Sound 911 received numerous reports of an incident occurring at the intersection of South 9th and Pacific Avenue in Tacoma. There were multiple vehicles and approximately 100 people present blocking the intersection when officers arrived on scene. Tacoma Police officers responding to the location began clearing the intersection of vehicles and people for the safety of those gathered and people trying to use the street.
“During the operation, a responding Tacoma police vehicle was surrounded by the crowd. People hit the body of the police vehicle and its windows as the officer was stopped in the street. The officer, fearing for his safety, tried to back up, but was unable to do so because of the crowd. The officer had his lights and sirens activated.
“While trying to extricate himself from an unsafe position, the officer drove forward striking one individual and may have impacted others. The officer stopped at a point of safety and called for medical aid. One person was transported to an area hospital. That person’s condition is, at this time, unknown.
This is the kind of action that Darwin developed his entire evolutionary theory from. Standing in front of a police vehicle with its emergency lights flashing and beating on the metal and windows while trying to impede his progress forward easily classifies as an act in furtherance of “natural selection.” People making those kinds of choices are too stupid to procreate — for the most part. Removing their genes from the gene pool makes the species stronger in the end.
You can’t fix stupid.