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Armed Florida man charged with driving into George Floyd protesters

Added 05-31-20 03:18:02pm EST - “A Florida man was arrested after police said he steered his SUV into a crowd of George Floyd protesters in Gainesville and threatened them with a gun. William John Connelly, 64, was charged with si?” - Nypost.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Nypost.com: “Armed Florida man charged with driving into George Floyd protesters”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

A Florida man was arrested after police said he steered his SUV into a crowd of George Floyd protesters in Gainesville and threatened them with a gun.

William John Connelly, 64, was charged with six counts of aggravated assault after his run-in with demonstrators around 2 p.m. Saturday and “refusing to alter his driving path,” Gainesville police said on Twitter.

Connelly was with his son and driving a Kia Soul on Main Street as a 1,000-person protest — over Floyd’s Minneapolis death — in Bo Diddley Plaza and Depot Park was breaking up, the Ocala Star-Banner reported.

Police allege Connelly then steered the vehicle around two cars and into the crowd, forcing demonstrators to jump to safety, the outlet said.

He allegedly reached into the glove compartment and pulled out a gun, threatening to shoot the protesters.

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