Cars hit protesters before opening windows to mace them in horrific scenes

Two cars have driven into protesters, before the occupants covered the crowds in pepper spray.

One of the drivers was recorded colliding with a demonstrator on the East & Alexander intersection in the city of Rochester, New York.

They sprayed mace out of the window before speeding away.

Pictures of the vehicles allegedly involved were shared on Twitter by 13WHAM journalist Dan Schrack, who wrote: “Two cars just pepper sprayed and hit demonstrators with their vehicles.”

Black Lives Matter protests have been taking place in Rochester for several days, since horrifying footage emerged of a black man made to wear a hood by police officers as he lay kneeling on the street.

Seven officers have been suspended over the asphyxiation death of Daniel Prude.

He was arrested in March in a brutal incident only revealed in videotape footage made public this week.

The tape, which was recorded by an officer’s body camera, shows a group of officers putting a mesh hood over Mr Prude’s head as he kneels on a Rochester street and snow falls around him.

Prude, 41, died seven days after the March 23 arrest in Rochester.

Mayor Lovely Warren told reporters on Thursday: “Mr Daniel Prude was failed by our police department, our mental health care system, our society, and he was failed by me.

“I’m filled with grief, and anger at myself for all the failures that lead to his death.”

Warren, who is black, said that “institutional and structural racism” led to Prude’s death but insisted she did not become aware of the circumstances around the arrest until August.

Family members obtained the body camera footage after filing a freedom of information act request, WROC-TV reported.

Prude’s death has been ruled a homicide by the Monroe County medical examiner’s office, which found the cause of death to be “complications of asphyxia in the setting of physical restraint,” according to an autopsy report obtained by the New York Times.

The report found that “excited delirium” and acute intoxication by phencyclidine, or the drug PCP, were also contributing factors to his death, the Times reported.