A St. Louis man has been arrested after plowing through a group of protesters at a Trans Lives Matter vigil honoring a transgender woman who was shot dead by a police officer.
The vigil for Kenneth "Kiwi" Herring took a violent turn on Aug. 23 after a man drove into a crowd of protesters that was blocking the road, the Riverfront Times reported. His vehicle was then attacked by activists as he attempted to drive away, leaving three people with minor injuries.
The moment was captured by St. Louis Post-Dispatch photographer David Carson. He shared the images on twitter.
"Car just drove through protesters on Manchester, few injuries not major, only scrapes," Carson tweeted. "Driver fled police chased not pulling over."
Police spokeswoman Schron Jackson issued a statement to the Riverfront Times via email:
Tonight, a group of protesters marched from the Transgender Memorial to the intersection of Manchester and Sarah were they blocked traffic in all directions.A vehicle approached, stopped, honked its horn and attempted to drive around the protesters.
The protesters surrounded the vehicle and began striking it with their hands and a flag pole. Several protesters also kicked and jumped on top of the vehicle. The driver of the vehicle (white male) proceeded to drive away when three protesters ( 2 white females and 1 white male) fell from the vehicle. The three protesters reported minor injuries, but refused medical attention on the scene.
Police attempted to stop driver of vehicle who initially refused to stop. He stopped about a block away from the incident and was taken into custody for felony fleeing. The incident was captured on video. The investigation is ongoing.
Herring, 30, was killed on Aug. 22 after police responded to a domestic dispute call at 8 a.m. When authorities arrived at the scene, they found a 30-year-old man with stab wounds across his face, arms and torso, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.
According to Interim Police Chief Lawrence O'Toole, officers saw Herring armed with a large kitchen knife. She then reportedly lunged at and wounded an officer, prompting police to engage.
Herring was shot dead.
"The suspect flourished a knife and slashed at the officers, slicing one officer on the arm," O'Toole said. "The officers fired and shot and killed the suspect."
Police described Herring as a man in their reports, although she identifies as a woman. This sparked furious outcry within the St. Louis community.