Police are searching for a cyclist on a Maryland bike path who was caught on video confronting a little girl who was hanging up flyers in support of protests against the police killing of George Floyd, grabbing the posters from her hand, then charging a man who was filming the encounter and knocking him to the ground.
Maryland-National Capital Park Police in Montgomery County, Maryland, are asking the public for their help identifying the male cyclist seen in the now-viral video.
The man who took the video, who asked to remain anonymous, told NBC Washington that he and others were posting flyers Monday morning supporting demonstrations over the death of George Floyd when they encountered a cyclist near MacArthur Boulevard in Bethesda, Maryland, just outside of Washington, D.C.
The cyclist appears to approach a girl and take flyers from her in the video.
The man told NBCWashington, “He sees me recording him and sees the fact that I recorded him as he was doing that, and he grabs his bike and he runs it into me and pins me to the ground.”
He alleged that the cyclist called them deviants, used profanity and said they were inciting riots.
Park Police tweeted Tuesday “We are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying the below individual in reference to an assault that took place this morning on the Capital Creacent (sic.) trail.”
We are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying the below individual in reference to an assault that took place this morning on the Capital Creacent trail. Please contact Det. Lopez at 301-929-2774 with any information. Pease reference case number 20001297. pic.twitter.com/EtC9Q0xBOp
— Park Police MC (@ParkPolice) June 2, 2020
The Maryland attorney general is also seeking the man.
If anyone can identify this man, please let me know (410-576-6300) and contact Montgomery County States Attorney John McCarthy. https://t.co/Y2pO51MHJD
— Brian Frosh (@BrianFrosh) June 4, 2020