Update: Duluth man charged after causing damage to vehicle during Roe v. Wade march
DULUTH, MN-- The man involved in causing damages to a car during June’s Roe v. Wade march has been charged.
As of Aug. 2, the protester, Scott Bol, who allegedly damaged a vehicle’s windshield during a demonstration over the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade ruling is charged with a gross misdemeanor
According to police, the 71- year old from Duluth admitted to hitting the car with his walking stick, “intentionally.”
Bol faces up to one year in jail or $3,000 fine or both.
DULUTH, MN -- Duluth Police are considering charges against a protester who allegedly damaged a vehicle’s windshield Monday during a demonstration over the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade ruling.
Around 5 p.m., a group of about 400-500 people gathered in downtown Duluth to protest the decision.
Police say the group stayed on sidewalks and private property until around 6:05 p.m., when they starting marching in the streets and blocking traffic.
According to police, the crowd marching in the street encountered a vehicle traveling down 1st Ave. East.
Police say the driver, who had a 6-month old child in the car, was unaware the march would intersect with their path and prevent them from leaving the area.
The driver told police they considered turning around, but decided to proceed down 1st Avenue East.
The driver claims people quickly surrounded their vehicle, some of them pulling on door handles and grabbing onto the vehicle while her windows were down and preventing her from driving forward.
The video also shows the driver has a narrow opening without people immediately in front of their vehicle and accelerates down the avenue away from the group.
About mid-block, police say a male protester struck the vehicle with an object believed to be a walking stick that damages the windshield.
In the video, you can see a man chase the vehicle and is ultimately stopped and redirected by a traffic vested person with the words, “Clinic Escort.”
Police have identified the person responsible for causing the damage. They could face criminal charges, according to police.
Police say the driver travelled to the area of Lake Avenue and Superior Street and pulls over to immediately report the incident to police.
The driver was emotional and reported being fearful for her safety and that of her child, police said.
Police added the driver was on the road legally and came upon a march “that they could not or did not know about and did not prepare a contingency.”
Those marching in the roadway did so without permit, permission, or planning with police and did so illegally, according to police.
The driver will not face any citations.
Police used surveillance video and another video taken by a bystander in their investigation.
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