Published: Sun, August 27, 2017
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Driver injures three during protest over shot transgender woman in St. Louis

Driver injures three during protest over shot transgender woman in St. Louis

Updated at 5:35 p.m. with information on charges against the driver - The St. Louis Circuit Attorney's Office has issued warrants against a St. Louis man who drove his auto into a group of people protesting the fatal police shooting of a transgender woman.

Marchers protesting the fatal police shooting of a transgender woman were injured by a vehicle as they blocked an intersection Wednesday night - and there were differing accounts of how it happened.

The protest was to honor transgender woman Kenneth "Kiwi" Herring who was fatally shot by police in the city. There is no sound in the video, but you can see the vehicle pull around the protesters and a police auto follow closely behind.

Police say as the suspect drove away two women and a man who had climbed on the auto were tossed from the vehicle.

- David Carson (@PDPJ) August 24, 2017I'm so fucking disgusted. black lives matter. black trans lives matter. black TRANS WOMEN MATTER.

A man has been charged with a felony after he drove his auto into protesters in St. Louis on Wednesday night, injuring three people. Colao, who lives in the Gate neighborhood, was stopped about a block away and taken into custody by the officers, police say.

One protester was thrown over the hood of the vehicle by the impact. Police say three people had minor injuries, though all declined medical attention. Herring was reportedly armed with a knife and had sustained several bad cuts to her face and body.

LGBTQ Nation is reporting that attendees of the vigil were blocking the road so a man made a decision to not use side streets and drive directly through the gathering. The driver initially refused to pull over for police and was arrested. Officers tried to arrest Herring, who then stabbed an officer in the arm with a large kitchen knife, according to police. More than 100 people marched from the Transgender Memorial Garden - created in 2015 and dedicated to the memory of victims of anti-trans violence - to a nearby intersection, where a number of protesters stood and blocked traffic in all directions.

CBS St. Louis affiliate KMOV-TV reports anger and emotion were already growing over Herring's death before the incident in the intersection. Friends of the married couple said they felt discriminated against by neighbors due to their gender.

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