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UPDATE: Madison police release video, timeline of hit-and-run

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UPDATE (WKOW) -- Police have released video of their response after a driver hit someone and drove off early Sunday morning.

Police have also identified a person of interest in the investigation, but that person has not been arrested.

The community had called on Madison Police Department to release city camera footage of the incident and the police response. The video from traffic cameras begins after the truck left the intersection of University Avenue and Frances Street. MPD also released squad car video from the first responding officer.

Community members wanted to see the video, because witnesses were worried it took too long to get the victim help.

The video shows about two and a half minutes after the incident, the first squad car arrives. The cameras show a group tried to help the victim, then officers trying to get to her to help.

Police say someone in that crowd started getting aggressive with an officer who was trying to make space around the victim and you can see the officer use pepper spray.

"It's very clear that the pepper spray was utilized simply to allow the officers to render care and aid and to allow the ambulance to get access to the victim," said Acting Chief Vic Wahl. "So the pepper spray was purely because people were intervening and were hostile and aggressive towards officers who were simply trying to make the scene safe for the ambulance and make the scene safe so they can take care of the victim."

About eight and a half minutes into the video, an ambulance pulls up and officers continue talking with the crowd as paramedics respond. The victim is taken away by ambulance after about 14 minutes.

Wahl told 27 News the video clears up misinformation that spread about slow police response.

"It's important that the community recognize that the officers were in a very difficult situation and did an excellent job to provide care to the victim and it's disappointing that some in the community would spread falsehoods," he said.

Some are also calling this a hate crime. The woman who was hit is black. Wahl said the statute for a hate crime enhancer is very limited, but he says the department will consider whether to recommend that type of charge, if the investigation finds it's appropriate. No one has been arrested at this time.

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Madison's mayor is asking the Madison Police Department to release video of the hit-and-run that left a woman hurt early Sunday morning.

Police say a truck hit someone who was with a crowd in the street around 2:30 a.m. near the intersection of University Avenue and Frances Street. That driver left and has not yet been arrested. The victim had minor injuries but was taken to the hospital.

Madison police say the incident was caught on city cameras, which they are reviewing as part of the investigation.

Community activists and friends of the victim are calling this a hate crime against a Black woman. Dozens rallied in the streets for hours Sunday, calling for police to release more information and bring justice to the woman who was hurt.

Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway released the following statement about the investigation Monday:

I am calling for full transparency around the hit and run incident that occurred Sunday morning. I have asked MPD to release any video of the incident, and to share a timeline of events. I fully support hate crime charges when they are warranted. My thoughts are with the victim and their family, as well as my wishes for a speedy recovery.

Police told 27 News Monday morning that they're expecting to release more information about the incident and response from officers, including video.

The attached photo is a screen grab of witness cell phone video shared with 27 News. In the video, you can see the truck hitting the victim. 27 News has chosen not to show that moment of impact, but is sharing the image of the truck police are looking for in connection with the hit and run.

Jennifer Kliese

Weekend Anchor and Reporter, 27 News

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