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Iowa governor’s vehicle hits Black Lives Matter protester blocking road

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ACKLEY, Iowa (AP) -- A vehicle transporting Gov. Kim Reynolds hit a Black Lives Matter protester Tuesday as he was intentionally blocking the car's path.

The Iowa State Patrol confirmed that the SUV hit the protester, who was among about two dozen Black Lives Matter protesters who had traveled 90 miles from Des Moines to Ackley.

"The Iowa State Patrol is aware of an incident that occurred near Ackley, Iowa, involving a demonstrator and a vehicle transporting the Governor," said the ISP in a statement. "Preliminary reports from law enforcement at the scene suggest the demonstrator intentionally stepped in front of the moving vehicle. The demonstrator appeared to suffer no injuries, did not request medical treatment, and continued with his activities. The Iowa State Patrol is investigating the circumstances."

Members of the group weren't allowed into the Tuesday event at Family Traditions Meat, a small processor, so they gathered at the end of a driveway to block the governor's car.

Jaylen Cavil told the Des Moines Register that he wasn't hurt but that he was shocked the governor's SUV hit him. Cavil says, "I 100% think they intentionally hit me."

Associated Press

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