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State Patrol investigating following report vehicle carrying Gov. Reynolds hit a protester

Published: Jun. 30, 2020 at 5:09 PM CDT
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DES MOINES, Iowa (KCRG) - State law enforcement officials are investigating a report of an incident involving Gov. Kim Reynolds’ vehicle and a protester in Ackley on Tuesday.

The Iowa State Patrol issued a statement saying that it was aware of an incident, which The Des Moines Register reported involved the sport utility vehicle that was carrying Reynolds hitting Jaylen Cavil, an organizer for Des Moines Black Lives Matter. The incident took place while Reynolds was attempting to leave an event she held in Ackley.

A Twitter account apparently belonging to Cavil claimed that the collision was “intentional.” The statement from the State Patrol claims that “the demonstrator intentionally stepped in front of the slowly moving vehicle.”

Deputies said that there were no injuries in the incident.

The Register reported that the governor’s office declined to comment.

Read the Iowa State Patrol’s statement below:

“Today, the Iowa State Patrol investigated an incident that occurred near Ackley, Iowa, involving a demonstrator and a state-owned vehicle transporting Governor Reynolds. The vehicle was operated by a member of the Iowa State Patrol. As the vehicle started to leave a scheduled stop and enter the roadway, a demonstrator approached which caused the Governor’s vehicle to slow. The demonstrator stopped short and to the side of the vehicle. As the vehicle began to turn away from the protestor and onto the roadway, the demonstrator intentionally stepped in front of the slowly moving vehicle. The demonstrator had little to no physical reaction to any contact he created and the vehicle then entered the roadway. Iowa State Troopers on scene made contact with the demonstrator and advised him to discontinue his efforts to block traffic. The demonstrator did not appear to suffer any injury, made no request for medical attention, and immediately began shouting obscenities at the responding personnel. The demonstrator and his group then proceeded to block members of the Iowa State Patrol from leaving the area.”

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