The woman claimed she was ‘peacefully protesting’ to stop people from looting a Target store, but she was quickly set upon by a crowd who subdued her in angry scenes on the second night of violence in the city.

The crowd outside the Target store shouted that the woman had a knife, and footage showed her holding what appeared to be a sharp object.

Other accounts claimed that the woman was not disabled and got out of the wheelchair to attack some of the looters.

Named online as Jennifer, she later said she had been ‘punched in the head several times’ before others tried to restrain her.