Passenger in car that plowed into Times Square crowd says driver was saving her after 'BLM protesters tried to kill her'

A PASSENGER in a car that plowed into a Times Square Black Lives Matter protest said the driver had rescued her from militants who "tried to kill her".

Juliet Germanotta, 39 said that she and several pals went to "counter-protest" at the Crossroads of the World and were confronted by hundreds of hostile demonstrators.



Trump supporting Germanotta told the Freedom News website that the huge mob "started verbally harassing and taunting" them and it was decided they should flee for their own safety. 

By the time they got to one person’s vehicle and jumped in, she said, the protesters were "trying to open the car, hitting the car".

She said: "I heard something really heavy hit the car and that’s when we just went.

"The driver then drove through to try to get us to safety."

Germanotta said her group "did not know that our lives were going to be put in jeopardy".

She said: "I literally saw my life flash in front of me.

"I thought I was going to die last night."

She added: "Black lives do matter, but I say all lives matter and it’s so scary to see what’s going on that people want to hurt someone because they are more conservative."

Cops said they have interviewed the driver and everyone else in the car, but no charges have been brought. 

I literally saw my life flash in front of me

Earlier Friday, Police Commissioner Dermot Shea said authorities needed to interview people on both sides before concluding any crimes had been committed. 

He said: "Right now, we have nobody that came forward that is saying they were injured or that will cooperate but we are asking anyone."

Germanotta was reportedly arrested last month for allegedly splashing blue paint over the giant yellow lettering in support of Black Lives Matter on Fifth Avenue in front of Trump Tower

Cops said they surrounded a group of counter-protesters wearing the hats in support of Trump as they clashed with Black Lives Matter protesters.

Dozens of BLM demonstrators gathered in the rain on Thursday to protest the death of Daniel Prude, a 41-year-old mentally ill man who suffocated while in police custody.

Prude died in March after being detained by cops in Rochester, New York, after his brother called the police.






Disturbing body camera footage of his arrest showed the moments leading to his eventual death, including how he suffocated after cops put a “spit hood” on him.

His death was ruled a homicide caused by complications with asphyxiation "in the setting of physical restraint."

Prude’s death didn’t receive public attention until Wednesday, when his family held a news conference and released police body camera video showing cops pressing his face into the ground for two minutes.

His family also showed written reports they obtained through a public records request.

But the union representing the officers, who have been suspended on full pay pending an inquiry, insist they were following training.

Prude's death came two months before that of George Floyd, whose killing while in police custody sparked widespread outrage and sparked national and global protests against police brutality and racism.






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