KEY POINTS

  • Video footage shows a cyclist assaulting a group of George Floyd activists
  • He forcefully grabbed flyers off of a young girl's hand and rammed another activist with his bike
  • Police are now seeking the public's help to identify the cyclist

Police are searching for a cyclist who was caught on video assaulting a group of George Floyd activists. The authorities also asked for the public's help in identifying the man.

On Monday, June 1, a cyclist assaulted a group of George Floyd activists while they were posting flyers that read "Killer Cops Will Not Go Free" at the Capital Crescent Trail in Montgomery County, Maryland.

Video of the incident showed the unknown cyclist in an orange helmet, gray shorts and sunglasses approaching an activist -- a young girl. In the background, people can be heard shouting, telling the man not to touch her. However, the man approached the girl and forcefully grabbed the flyers from her hands.

The cyclist then reportedly used profanities and rammed his bicycle toward the man who was filming, causing him to fall on the ground.

According to NBC Washington, the victims noted the cyclist called them deviants, and that they were inciting riots.

No one was seriously hurt in the assault, but the Maryland-National Capital Park Police are now asking for the public's help to identify him so that the cops can question him about the incident.

The activists were a part of a project posting flyers in affluent neighborhoods to raise awareness about racial injustice and to promote justice for George Floyd, who was killed May 25 after Minneapolis Police Department officer Derek Chauvin placed his knee on Floyd's neck for nearly nine minutes during an arrest.

Chauvin was charged with murder while three other officers who were also at the scene, Tou Thao, J. Alexander Kueng and Thomas Lane, were charged with aiding and abetting murder.

Apart from the United States, the incident sparked outrage in many cities across the world, and prompted protests over racial injustice. Since Floyd's death, Black Lives Matter demonstrations were held in London, Berlin, Auckland, Copenhagen, Brazil and Mexico among others, according to CNN.

In Paris, protesters held signs saying "We are all George Floyd" and "Racism chokes us," while artists in Syria, Berlin and London created murals of Floyd.

Protesters hold up their phones during a demonstration over the death of George Floyd, outside the White House in Washington, DC Protesters hold up their phones during a demonstration over the death of George Floyd, outside the White House in Washington, DC Photo: AFP / Eric BARADAT