The Denver Police Department is investigating after a video surfaced on social media appearing to show officers shooting pepper balls at a car while the driver yells that there is a pregnant woman in the vehicle.
In the video, which has now been shared widely on Twitter and Youtube, the man — who has since been identified by U.S. media as Shaiitarrio Brown — gets out of the vehicle on the driver’s side and yells at the officers that a pregnant woman is in the car.
“You shot up a car with a pregnant woman in it, with f–king tear gas,” he can be heard yelling.
It is not clear what happened before the video began, or why police were shooting at the car.
The video continues, appearing to show officers shooting more rounds of pepper bullets at the vehicle.
Brown continues to yell repeatedly that there is a pregnant woman in the car.
The officers appear to fire several more rounds before Brown gets back into the vehicle and drives away.
“Honestly, I thought I was going to die,” Brown told NBC affiliate 9News. “I thought I was going to be the next Black man shot by police.
“I still feel that way.”
Brown told 9News the incident took place in downtown Denver last Saturday morning, where demonstrators had gathered to protests the death of George Floyd — a Black man who died after a white police officer knelt on his neck for more than eight minutes during an arrest in Minneapolis.