Car Moves Through Protesters Gathered in St. Louis

3 minor injuries reported; police arrest driver
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 24, 2017 8:49 AM CDT
Cops Arrest Driver After Car Pushes Through Protesters
A screen shot from video of the car approaching protesters in St. Louis.   (

A dangerous moment during a street protest in St. Louis on Tuesday night: Protesters gathered around a car at an intersection, and the driver eventually pushed through the pack, reports the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Police say three people had minor injuries, though all declined medical attention. This tweeted image shows one person on the hood of the vehicle at one point, along with a woman directly in front of the car with her hands on the hood. Another woman at the protest recorded video of the altercation. Police later arrested the driver about a block from the scene because they say he initially refused to stop for a pursuing patrol car. He was charged with felony fleeing, reports ABC News.

Two different versions of the event have emerged, per the Post-Dispatch. Police say the driver honked his horn, stopped, and tried to avoid the protesters, who were hitting his vehicle with their hands and a flag pole. Witnesses, however, portray the driver as aggressive and say he raised his middle fingers before pushing through them. The incident is drawing attention given the fatal incident in Charlottesville in which a driver plowed into a crowd of protesters and killed Heather Heyer. The St. Louis protesters had gathered after police fatally shot transgender woman Kenny "Kiwi" Herring. Police say Herring came at officers with a knife. (More St. Louis stories.)

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