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Man Accused of Waving Gun, Driving Through Protesters in St. Louis

An unidentified man was arrested for allegedly waving a gun at protesters in St. Louis last night.

According to a protest leader, four demonstrators were hit by the man's car, but there were no serious injuries.

About 75 protesters were laying down in a street for a "die-in" when the man allegedly drove his minivan through the crowd.

St. Louis Police spokeswoman Leah Freeman said it wasn't clear if the crowd jumped on the man's car or if he drove into them.

After the demonstrators surrounded the minivan, the driver allegedly got out of his car and waved a handgun at them.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch photographer David Carson took a photo of the man with a gun.

When police arrived, they pushed demonstrators away from the man's vehicle, which had a broken back window, noted

Several protesters also blocked an entrance to the St. Louis courthouse. In response, police used metal barricades to hold the demonstrators back so that courthouse employees could leave the building.

“We’re standing in solidarity with Eric Garner, another black life who clearly doesn’t matter,” shouted protester Elizabeth Vega, who was later arrested, reports the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Garner was killed by a NYPD police officer using a chokehold in Staten Island, N.Y. earlier this year. Yesterday, a grand jury voted not to indict the officer. St. Louis authorities played no part in the incident.

Sources: St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
Image Credit: para-ordnance


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