At least three protesters were injured, one seriously injured, while marching in a Black Lives Matter protest in New Jersey when a deer ran from a nearby property and rammed into the crowd of demonstrators, according to police officials.
Deputy Police Chief Jim Ryan said the incident happened Friday evening as hundreds of protesters participated and marched County Road 533 in the South Brunswick March for Justice in the wake of George Floyd’s death.
As a police escort lead the demonstrators, a deer bolted out of the woods on the South Brunswick High School property and ran right into the marchers.
Three of the demonstrators received varying head injuries and a 69 year old woman was transported to an intensive care unit at a nearby hospital for a severe head injury. The police sent an update on Twitter Saturday evening that the elderly woman’s condition had improved. “The condition of the woman injured in yesterday’s march has improved. We continue to pray for complete recovery,” the tweet said.
The other two demonstrators injured by the deer were treated at the scene and officers working at the event provided medical aid until emergency medical services arrived.
Two other participants were treated for heat related issues.
Over 1,000 people attended the march. Some demonstrators held up signs that read “Stop killing us” and “We all bleed the same color.”
The protesters continued to march on after the incident, according to officials.
A 69 year old woman received a serious head injury and was take to an area hospital. She was in intensive care late Friday night.Two others were treated on scene.
— So Brunswick PD (@SoBrunswickPD) June 13, 2020