"They were going to kill me": 2 narratives emerge in clash between groups of protesters in Times Square

Passenger in car that drove through BLM protesters paints different story

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Saturday, September 5, 2020
VIDEO: Interview with woman who was in car that drove through BLM protesters
Juliet Germanotta was a passenger in the vehicle that drove through a crowd of Black Lives Matter protesters in Times Square Thursday.

TIMES SQUARE, Manhattan (WABC) -- One day following a clash between two groups of protesters in Times Square, two narratives have emerged.

The controversy involves a black Ford Taurus, whose occupants had previously participated in a pro-Trump counter-protest in Duffy Square, that drove through a Black Lives Matter march at an intersection in Times Square.

Video of the incident shows the car stopped and surrounded by a group of protesters, before accelerating through the crowd.

It was a split second of drama, but it has created different vantage points and separate opinions.

"If you go through a red light when there are people in the crosswalk, you are accepting the chance that you hit somebody," said one protester.

A woman who was a passenger in a car that drove into a crowd of protesters in Times Square Thursday and one of the protesters who was struck tell their sides of the story.

However, for the six people who were in the car that sped away, including Juliet Germanotta, they paint a frightening picture of the events.

"Our lives were in jeopardy," Germanotta said. "Over 300 people, part of the other protest, started verbally harassing and taunting us. Started following us, when police tried to escort us up 46th Street. We then proceeded to get into a car. The protesters got 46th Street, blocked us in, started trying to open the car, hit the car. The driver then drove through to try to get us to safety."

Germanotta, who has been arrested at least three times for vandalizing the Black Lives Matter mural in front of Trump Tower by pouring paint on it, spoke as she left the Midtown North NYPD Precinct on Friday.

"My life was verbally threatened," she said. "Multiple occasions, people said they were going to get me, they were going to hurt me, they were going to kill me, that my life doesn't matter."

She says that the Black Lives Matter protesters had assaulted someone in her group, striking her and ripping a hat off her head, prior to them being escorted away by police.

"As soon as the car started moving, so many people came in front of the car on 46th Street and would not let us pass," she said. "I heard people trying to open the door. I heard something really heavy hit the car, and that's when we just went."

On Friday, Germanotta said she would continue to fight for justice and equality for all, but in a Facebook Live says she is "done."

"I have received 200 death threats on social media. I've tried to screenshot each one of them. I'm done. I'm voting for Trump in November, but I'm done. Operation paint job. I'm done. Putting myself in the front lines. I'm done," she said.

Police say so far no one has come forward or claimed they were hurt.

They say after interviews are complete, detectives will determine if there is a need to investigate further.


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