Protesters Hurt After Man Allegedly Tries To Drive Through Crowd

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Three St. Louis protesters suffered minor injuries after a man tried to get out from the middle of a protest against a police shooting, authorities said Wednesday.

People marched Wednesday night after a St. Louis Police Department officer fatally shot a transgender black woman, Kenneth “Kiwi” Herring, the day before, reports CBS News.

After attending a vigil, some people took to the streets and blocked an intersection, St. Louis police officers said. A man tried to drive through the intersection and honked many times to try and get protesters to move, the department said in a statement. Some of the protesters refused to get out of the intersection, instead choosing to jump on the car and beat it, the department went on.

“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 … proceeded to drive away when three protesters … fell from the vehicle,” a department spokesperson said in a statement.

Witnesses on the scene gave a different account than the police department. Keith Rose, one witness, alleged the driver accelerated before he drove through the crowd with his middle finger up. The car hit a couple of protesters and one got thrown over the front of the car, Rose said.

Police added that they had to chase down the driver of the car because they tried to flee the scene after the altercation.

“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 statement adds.

Police said the three protesters only had minor injuries and did not want extra medical attention for their injuries.

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