On Tuesday, Gov. Kim Reynolds met with Floyd County health professionals in Charles City to talk about the continued pandemic and the conjoint efforts between Floyd County and Iowa to keep the virus at bay. Reynolds was slated to attend 5 events that day of the same type. Before she ever reached Charles City, both her Ackley and Steamboat Rock events were attended by crowds of Des Moines Black Lives Matter activists – with the goal of getting the governor to talk to them about voting rights for released felons.
Hours before Reynolds reached Floyd County, the SUV she was riding in hit a BLM protestor who was standing in front of the vehicle in order to talk to Reynolds.
Radio Iowa’s O. Kay Henderson reports:
According to a Des Moines Register interview, Cavil says:
“The SUV that Gov. Reynolds was driving in drove right up to me. I was standing right in front of the car and I just stood there. I was like, ‘I’m going to stand here. Surely the driver of the governor is not going to hit me with her car. This is the governor, my governor, who’s supposed to be representing me. I’m sure that her car is not going to intentionally hit me.’ I was wrong.’”
Iowa State Patrol, said in a statement:
“The vehicle was operated by a member of the Iowa State Patrol. As the vehicle started to leave a scheduled stop and enter the roadway, a demonstrator approached which caused the Governor’s vehicle to slow. The demonstrator stopped short and to the side of the vehicle. As the vehicle began to turn away from the protestor and onto the roadway, the demonstrator intentionally stepped in front of the slowly moving vehicle.
The demonstrator had little to no physical reaction to any contact he created and the vehicle then entered the roadway.”