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HCSD correctional officer resigns after alleged hit and run at protest

Video shows silver pickup truck strike protesters in downtown Kokomo

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A video posted to Facebook shows a silver pickup truck drive into a line of protestors near Foster Park. 

A Howard County Sheriff’s Office correctional officer resigned today after an internal investigation relating to yesterday’s hit and run incident during peaceful protests in downtown Kokomo. 

Yesterday, as protests occurred around the country relating to the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis on Monday, a multitude of individuals turned out for a peaceful demonstration in Kokomo. Yesterday evening, as demonstrators made their way across Washington Street toward Foster Park, videos posted online showed a silver pickup truck drive through the protesters.

In connection to that incident, Howard County Sheriff Jerry Asher confirmed today that a correctional officer at the jail resigned from her position. 

“Due to a driving incident that occurred on Washington Street and Superior on May 30 around 5:30 p.m., an internal investigation was conducted by Howard County Sheriff’s Office,” said Asher via text message. “On Sunday, May 31, at 1 p.m., I had a correctional officer resign.” 

That individual's name has not been released yet. 

According to Kokomo Police Department Major Brian Seldon, the case remains under investigation, and no arrests have been made yet. Seldon said a “couple” of individuals were struck by the vehicle, and they incurred minor injuries. None were life threatening. 

“We located the suspect vehicle and interviewed the driver,” said Seldon. “The information from that interview and evidence at the scene and video and witness statements, all of that will be forwarded to the prosecutor for review.”