Man Arrested After Intentionally Driving Into Anti-Vaccine Mandate Protest: LA Sheriff’s Official

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A antheral was arrested aft helium allegedly drove his conveyance into a radical of radical protesting against vaccine mandates successful Southern California, officials said implicit the weekend.

A spokesperson for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s bureau said that 64-year-old William Aslaksen was arrested astir 90 minutes aft the incidental connected Saturday. He was charged with felony battle and is being held successful the Sheriff’s Department’s Palmdale station.

“A witnesser stated a antheral disagreed with the protest, entered his conveyance and intentionally drove toward the protesters,” Deputy Trina Schrader said successful a connection Sunday, according to local media reports. “The fishy past drove distant westbound and retired of view.”

One pistillate successful her 40s, who was not identified, was injured during the incident, officials added. Her injuries were described arsenic non-life-threatening, though she was taken to the hospital, Schrader said.

The protesters were demonstrating against COVID-19 vaccine mandates successful Palmdale. Lt. T. Kim of the Palmdale Sheriff’s Station told Channel 4 that the objection against mandates started astatine astir 10 a.m. Saturday at the intersection of 10th St. West and Rancho Vista Boulevard.

Kim said that Aslaksen was discovered and recovered astatine his location successful Antelope Valley. He is slated to look astatine the Antelope Valley Municipal Court successful Lancaster connected Tuesday.

Other details astir the incidental were not provided by sheriff’s officials.

In caller weeks, demonstrations against vaccine mandates person erupted crossed the United States, including successful New York City and Los Angeles, wherever protesters person characterized the requirements arsenic draconian. Opponents of mandates person said that specified policies would make 2 chiseled classes of people: vaccinated and unvaccinated.

A objection occurred successful Brooklyn successful beforehand of the Barclays Center implicit the past weekend, with demonstrators demanding that Brooklyn Nets superstar Kyrie Irving play for the squad aft it was announced helium would beryllium suspended until receives the COVID-19 vaccine. The metropolis requires that customers and employees contiguous impervious of COVID-19 vaccination earlier entering a scope of antithetic establishments, including restaurants, bars, and different vencues, including the Barclays Center.

While chanting, “Let Kyrie Play” and “Stand With Kyrie,” demonstrators attempted to participate the Barclays Center, video footage showed.

Irving is “doing thing that [former San Francisco 49ers backmost Colin] Kaepernick did … he’s fundamentally doing the aforesaid thing, he’s similar taking a genu and I’m blessed that helium did that—you understand?” 1 protester told an ABC affiliate.

“It’s ne'er a game. It’s bigger than a game. We are talking astir Black Lives. Folk can’t work, can’t eat, can’t travel. Naaaa!” wrote Hawk Newsome, a section Black Lives Matter leader.

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