A car struck two cops and three Golden Gate Bridge workers as authorities tried to corral an anti-COVID vaccine protest at the famous San Francisco span Thursday evening.
Several hundred demonstrators were rallying against the city’s employment vaccine mandate at the mouth of the bridge when the victims were struck by a car in the traffic lane, according to The San Francisco Chronicle.
The two CHP officers and one bridge worker were taken to a hospital, where they were expected to survive their injuries, the newspaper reported.
“They were gathered at the sidewalk entrance onto the Golden Gate Bridge, and apparently there were individuals in the crowd that had stated their intent was to take over the lane of traffic, so our intention at that point was to serve as a deterrent to try to prevent anybody from getting on,” CHP Officer Andrew Barclay reportedly said.
Rumors on social media that the rally would halt traffic on the link to Marin County proved to be ill-founded, but one driver was arrested earlier in the afternoon for getting out of his car on the bridge with protest signs and fighting with police, according to the article.
The rally was the culmination of a four-day nationwide walkout among anti-vaxxers who are mandated by their jobs to get inoculated, an organizer reportedly said.
“Conditioning your job in a jab that is still experimental … is not just unconstitutional, it’s unconscionable,” lawyer Leigh Dundas told The Chronicle.
“If you give up this right, what’s it going to be tomorrow?” Lan Nguyen, who said she was fired from her radiology job for non-compliance, reportedly asked.
One woman told the paper that instead of getting the vaccine, she was relying on an organic diet and actively trying to catch COVID-19 to “develop the antibodies.”
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