Passenger in car that ran over New York State Trooper during George Floyd Protest Pleads Guilty

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BUFFALO, NY – A  27-year-old Buffalo man has pleaded guilty to his role in running over a New York state trooper and causing serious injuries during an incident that took place on June 1st, 2020.

Police said that Semaj T. Pigram what’s the passenger of a vehicle that drove through a police blockade during a protest on Bailey Avenue and Decker Street as America was embroiled in the George Floyd protests and riots.

A New York state trooper suffered serious physical injuries after being run over by Pigram’s vehicle.

Police were able to stop the vehicle and arrested the driver, 31-year-old Deyanna J. Davis of Buffalo. During their investigation, police found a handgun inside that vehicle which is linked to Pigram using DNA evidence.

During the investigation into the incident, a loaded, illegal handgun was found inside of the vehicle near where the defendant was seated. The defendant was linked to the illegal gun through DNA evidence.

The case against the accused driver of the vehicle, , remains pending. Davis was indicted on two counts of Assault in the First Degree (Class “B” violent felonies).  

“Davis is accused of intentionally and recklessly engaging in behavior that caused serious physical injuries to another person by using her vehicle as a dangerous instrument. In addition, the defendant allegedly, under circumstances evincing a depraved indifference to human life, recklessly engaged in conduct, which created a grave risk of death to another person, and thereby caused serious physical injury to another person,” the Erie County District Attorney’s Office said today.

The injured officer spent several weeks recovering from a shattered pelvis and a broken leg. To this day, he remains unable to return to work as a New York state trooper.