A crowd of 40 people gathered for an anti-violence rally in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on Saturday, Aug. 3, when a reckless driver plowed through but no one was injured in this incident despite of the scary moments.
In footage obtained by Fox6Now, a group of peaceful demonstrators can be seen marching in the middle of a street when a car suddenly charges toward them, nearly hitting those walking as part of the rally. Police followed closely behind.
When the car approached the crowd, children can be seen jumping out of the way, and a man appears to try to run down the car before it speeds off down the road.
Moments later, one protester can be heard yelling, “Stop the violence!”
“That was kind of a close call right there,” said Tory Lowe, a community activist.
The driver’s anger and reckless behavior was the exact behavior that participants said that they’re determined to put a stop to, Fox6Now reported.
“If that mentality had stopped us, then we lose,” said Lowe.
Despite the scary moments, the group was determined to continue with the march.
The Stop the Violence rally brought together families who have lost loved ones to violence in Milwaukee.
About 40 people gathered to promote peace, escorted by police as they walked through the streets, encouraging their neighbors to put the guns down, according to Fox6Now.
The family of Joe Jackson Jr., who was murdered in an alley near 94th and Silver Spring Drive on June 19, arranged Saturday’s peace walk.
“The community needs to know we will no longer tolerate gun violence in our neighborhoods. Our children need to live. We need to live safe. They need to feel safe,” said Deborah Hawthorne, Jackson Jr.’s mother.
According to police, the driver is now in custody.