Charges still possible in downtown protest incident
Reno Police Chief Jason Soto addressed the Reno City Council October 12, 2016 (watch video). He said an affidavit is being prepared on possible charges related to the incident with a truck driver and protesters in downtown Reno on Columbus Day. Soto didn't say, however, against whom the charges would be filed. The affidavit will be given to the Washoe County District Attorney's Office.
The meeting also featured numerous people making comments during the public comment period about how unhappy they are that no arrests have been made.
A driver who plowed through a Columbus Day protest Monday night has not been arrested. Police are still investigating the incident.
The act was captured from several angles. Videos from protesters show a truck plowing through a group of protesters.
"Uh, yeah. It is very horrifying," said Reno Police Chief Jason Soto Tuesday in response to what he thought of the video. "Investigators have spent the last several hours interviewing witnesses, locating and reviewing videos and piecing together the events from last night."
Soto says even though they know who the driver is, no arrest has been made at this point. He says his department has been inundated with evidence and witness accounts of what happened during the incident. Detectives are still going through all of it and trying to determine if charges should be filed.
"We sat down and had a conversation with the individual. When this initially occurred, we had limited information as to what had occurred. Since that time we have gathered additional information. That is why the investigation is ongoing," said Soto.
Still, some people are not happy with that answer. They say the incident was premeditated and was a deliberate act.
"This individual took it upon himself to put his foot on the gas pedal and plow through those people,” said Mike Graham, Founder of United Native America. "He could have put his vehicle in reverse and left the area. Instead, he got into a confrontation."
“Clearly it was an assault to me. I do not know the legal standpoint, but to me it was an assault. To me they should at least be brought in for questioning. That is my opinion,” said Taylor DeLao, who witnessed the incident last night.