In a press release Sunday, sheriff's spokesman Sgt. Shaun Hampton confirmed the accident had occurred. The release said two sheriff's department vehicles were surrounded at about 8:40 p.m. by protesters who were yelling and kicking the vehicles.
"Vandals in the crowd" caused "scratches, dents, and a shattered rear window" to a sheriff's vehicle, the release said.
Dominique Poydras, who was attending the vigil, told the Bee that a group of protesters had surrounded a Sheriff's Department vehicle and a few were throwing eggs at it.
The sheriff's deputy four times sounded his siren and said, "Back away from my vehicle." He slowly pulled forward and left the scene, the Bee reported. A second sheriff's vehicle followed and struck Cleveland, sending her to the curb.
The sheriff's department release said the patrol vehicle was traveling at "slow speeds" when the collision occurred.