A woman who allegedly drove her BMW through a Black Lives Matter protest was released within hours of being arrested – and given a ticket.
Six people were hurt after Kathleen Casillo accelerated through a march in New York on Friday afternoon, according to reports.
The 52-year-old was detained near the scene and taken into custody by the NYPD, but was released hours later with a desk appearance ticket.
She was charged with reckless endangerment after she was caught on camera crashing into people in the street, authorities said.
Casillo is due back in court on February 22, The New York Post reported.
One clip circulated online appeared to show the vehicle stopped with protesters surrounding the car before the driver floors it.
As the car moves off at speed one protester can then be seen rolling on the hood and tumbling down to the pavement.
Sources told the Post that Castillo had claimed her car was surrounded by protesters who were banging on her vehicle as they marched through traffic.
She said they were shouting "white privilege" and she feared for her life. It is claimed that she she stepped on the gas to get people to move.
The six victims suffered non-life-threatening injuries following the collision.
A source said she was stopped a block away from the rash by a traffic scooter cop and taken to the 13th Precinct for questioning.
One witness said: “A car just ran through a group of protesters, tossing people into the air.
"I saw individuals that were hit with the car flying up and over it. The windshield is totally cracked.”
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