Police: Man Falsely Reported Being Struck By Car During BLM Protest

WCBS 880 Newsroom
July 09, 2020 - 11:07 am

    HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (WCBS 880) — A man who claimed he was struck by a car during a Black Lives Matter protest on Long Island has been charged with falsely reporting an incident.

    Police said 56-year-old Keith Harrison was at a Black Lives Matter protest on Broadway in Huntington Station on Monday, when a vehicle struck a pedestrian at approximately 6:45 p.m.

    Harrison filed a police report, stating he was also struck and was transported to Huntington Hospital. 

    Police later determined Harrison was not struck. They released photos of where Harrison was standing when the vehicle struck the protester, who suffered non-life-threatening injuries.  

    Huntington Station protest
    Suffolk County Police

    Harrison was arrested at his home in Hempstead on Wednesday and charged with falsely reporting an incident in the third degree. He was issued a field appearance ticket and is scheduled to be arraigned on July 28.

    Earlier this week, police said a Coram man had been charged with third-degree assault for allegedly striking the protester.

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