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Brother of hit-and-run victim shares what happened Saturday

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MADISON (WKOW) -- There was a large peaceful gathering in downtown Madison Saturday night, not a protest but a celebration.

Alvonte Bell said that all changed with one driver going through the crowd, hitting his sister in an incident that sparked protests Sunday afternoon.

"Somebody who was mad that a group of black kids were enjoying themselves peacefully and blocking off the street," he said.

Bell says the group had been letting people drive through the crowd, throughout the night.

"All that we were asking them to do was throw up a fist and show us that you're with our movement," he said.

But Bell says in this case, he saw an argument between the driver and some people in the crowd.

Then the driver took off, hitting his sister.

"His tire went over my sister's head, if he didn't mean to he would have stopped his vehicle, got out the car and he would have made sure my sister was okay," he said.

Bell says he rushed to take care of his sister and, to him,it seemed like a long time before the ambulance arrived.

Video released by MPD shows the ambulance got there less than 10 minutes after his sister was hit.

Also in the video you can see Bell in a confrontation with an officer.

He says another officer then used pepper spray on him.

"So then the officer gets aggressive with me, and I move his arm, the other officer goes up with the bear mace and sprays me in my face," Bell says.

Police confirmed that they did use the spray to create space for paramedics to enter the scene and treat the victim.

After all of that, Bell says his sister is doing okay.

"My sister is recovering, she's fine, she doesn't have no broken bones luckily, but she wants justice and she wants him to be rightfully prosecuted," he said.

Francisco Almenara

Reporter, WKOW

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