BLOOMINGTON — A Bloomington man has been arrested on multiple traffic charges in relation to a crash that involved protesters in downtown Bloomington Sunday night. Two people were injured.
McLean County jail documents indicate Marshall R. Blanchard, 21, was booked into the McLean County jail at 10:30 p.m. Sunday on a charge of reckless conduct, failure to obey a police office and being involved in an accident that causes injury.
A woman was taken to Advocate BroMenn Medical Center's Emergency Department for injuries to her torso and legs. Officers later were dispatched to OSF HealthCare St. Joseph Medical Center's Emergency Room when they learned of an additional victim, a 28-year-old man whose arm was injured.
Police said Blanchard was arrested without incident about 10 p.m. His motorcycle was also located and towed.
About 1,000 people, of all races and ages, participated in the rally Sunday evening outside the McLean County Law and Justice Center seeking justice in the aftermath of a black man's death in Minneapolis at the hands of a white police officer.
A peaceful rally and march against racism and to show support for George Floyd was marred Sunday when a motorcyclist deliberately drove through a post-march crowd in downtown Bloomington, apparently injuring a woman.
A Bloomington man has been charged with a felony hate crime and other misdemeanor charges stemming from the release of a "smoke device" into a crowd of protesters gathered Wednesday outside the McLean County Law and Justice Center, causing injury to a child as she was trying to flee with her mother.
Local police chiefs and McLean County Sheriff Jon Sandage will meet with members of the Bloomington-Normal branch of the NAACP and Not In Our Town (NIOT) leaders Monday at noon in front of the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts.
Marshall Blanchard, 22, was arrested after police said he drove a motorcycle into a group of people walking near the McLean County Sheriff’s Office on May 31 after a peaceful rally held at the Law and Justice Center in response to George Floyd’s murder in Minneapolis.