Man arrested in Gainesville after trying to drive through crowd of protestors, threatening them with a gun

Published: May. 30, 2020 at 7:10 PM EDT
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The death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who was seen being pinned down by a white police officer in Minneapolis, is causing outrage and protests all across the country, with thousands of protestors gathering in downtown Gainesville on Saturday.

As a smaller crowd of protestors was walking on Main Street towards Depot Park around 2:00 p.m., Gainesville police say 64-year-old William Connelly tried to pass them in his car.

Connelly was driving by a small crowd of protestors walking along main street toward Depot Park.

When he couldn't get through, witnesses say he pulled out a gun and started waving it at protestors.

Police say Connelly drove around two other cars before he tried to drive through the crowd.

Protestors then started hitting his car in response.

"[They were] pushing it and did smash the windshield with an object, we're not exactly sure what it was," said Lisa Scott, a Public Information Officer with the Gainesville Police Department. "The driver then did flee northbound on Main Street. Our officers responded immediately and performed a traffic stop where he was taken into custody."

Police say they have arrested Connelly on six charges of Aggravated Assault.