40 days after a driver hit a protester near Colfax and Broadway, the Denver district attorney’s office is considering charges

DPD says it completed its investigation and handed it in three weeks ago.

Images from a cell phone video posted by Twitter user bellers03.

Images from a cell phone video posted by Twitter user bellers03.

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The Denver Police Department submitted its investigation of a hit-and-run incident, which happened during the first day of local protests over the killing of George Floyd while in police custody, to the Office of the Denver District Attorney on June 15.

A viral video from May 28 shows the driver of a black SUV hitting a protester with a vehicle. The video shows a group of protesters blocking the path of the car when one person, wearing a T-shirt reading “Stop Killing Us,” ended up on the hood. After the protester dismounted, the driver, whose identity has not been released by authorities, struck him and drove off.

Max Bailey, 22, told 9News he was the protester from the video and that he mounted the hood to avoid being run over as the driver accelerated into the crowd.

Denver Police Chief Paul Pazen told Denverite one month ago that his department had made “significant progress” in the case but would not divulge details.

Pazen told Denverite last month that his department is “seeking justice for people and if we get ahead of ourselves, we can jeopardize the integrity of a case, which could create harm, and that’s the only reason that this has taken as long as it has.”

District Attorney Beth McCann’s office is still reviewing the case, said Carolyn Tyler, spokeswoman for the DA’s office.

DPD spokesman Sonny Jackson said McCann’s office can still ask DPD to gather more information.

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