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Man hit by truck at protest ticketed by FMPD

Posted at 11:26 PM, Mar 07, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-08 07:32:39-05

FORT MYERS, Fla.- A Fort Myers Community Activist got a ticket from police after he say he was hit by a truck.

The incident was caught on Fox 4's cameras at a protest outside of the Fort Myers Mayor's house in January, but he was ticketed Sunday night.

The protest was against what Thomas said is mistreatment of minorities by police, and said it was at that very rally he faced that mistreatment.

A white man drove by in a blue truck two times.  The first time, Thomas said he screamed racial slurs at the group.  The second time around, our cameras caught what happened.

"I'm just standing there. I can't believe it, I know this guy's going to stop, and he just keeps on going! And then he hits me," Thomas said.

A video posted to Facebook shows a closer look.

"All of the protestors then immediately begin calling on the police. He sees what happens, he comes and talks to the man, and they let the man leave," Thomas said.

Thomas thought the situation was over until Sunday night.  "They came to my home, four police cars, with their sirens and what not on, and the lady who did the investigation told me I should have gotten out of the way and they were giving me a ticket," Thomas told Four in Your Corner's Lisa Greenberg.

The more than $60 ticket was written for "failure to walk on the left side of the roadway."

A Fort Myers Police Department Public Information Officer said "The investigation found Mr. Thomas at fault. Mr. Thomas has the right to take his citation to court and allow them to review it. We will have no further comment on this case."

"What is so outrageous here is you have a man who is committing a serious felony and he gets off and nothing is being done about it," Thomas said.

He said he's not giving up on this and plans to take it to the State Attorney's Office.