Pittsburgh Driver Charged For Driving Through Illegal Protesters
A suburban Pittsburgh man has been charged with recklessly endangering another person and a number of other driving offenses after driving his car through protesters outside of a Pittsburgh Pirates baseball game. Protesters were out in large crowds protesting the Antwon Rose police shooting.
Police claim that eyewitnesses and video show that 58-year-old Gregory Wagner acted criminally. However, heated debates have cropped up all over social media disputing the claim and putting the blame on out of control protesters that were not authorized to shut down city streets.
“Protesters were angered as they struck the vehicle, screaming that it struck several protesters,” the criminal complaint reads. “The vehicle turned left onto Tony Dorsett Drive through the crowd, pushing protesters out of its path.”
#BREAKING: A man has been charged with driving a car through a crowd of #AntwonRose protesters outside PNC Park last week. @DamanyLEWIS is getting new information, for Channel 11 News starting at 5 p.m. https://t.co/AEi3IAgjjq pic.twitter.com/b3icC5PY43
— WPXI (@WPXI) June 29, 2018
Here is video of the incident from a Pittsburgh news skychopper.
The man does appear to drive somewhat cautiously through the illegal protesters, certainly not attempting to “mow down protesters” as some have attempted to spin the narrative. If the protesters did not have permits, why haven’t charges been filed against each and every one of them?
The more troubling aspect might be why Wagner allegedly even made the attempt to make it through. Unless it is an emergency, you are best to not engage the chaos. We don’t know Wagner’s side of the story yet, though. From a safety perspective, you are best to be armed in your car, but not engage the dangerous rioters. Only act if you must act to defend you or your family.
Author: Jim Satney
PrepForThat’s Editor and lead writer for political, survival, and weather categories.