"The vehicle accelerated and struck her, accelerated very fast, and struck her violently, and she fell to the ground," said Guy Danilowitz, who recorded video of the incident. "It was a very fast acceleration, not the way you would move with people around."
After striking Cleveland, the sheriff's deputy drove away. She sustained minor injuries and described the experience as a "hit-and-run" for which any non-officer would be prosecuted. "He never even stopped," Cleveland said. "If I did that, I'd be charged."
The Sacramento County Sheriff's Department claimed the collision happened "at slow speeds" and said demonstrators "began yelling while pounding and kicking the vehicle's exterior." The California Highway Patrol will investigate.