On Wednesday night in St. Louis, members of the LGBTQ community gathered at the Memorial Garden in the Grove area to mourn and protest the death of a transgender woman that was shot and killed by police.
The woman, Kiwi Herring, was shot and killed when two police officers were called to her house after accusations that she “severely cut” her neighbor.
When the police officers attempted to arrest her, Herring supposedly attacked them with a large kitchen knife, slicing one in the arm. In response, the police officers opened fire, killing her.
So in response, the LGBTQ community protested, claiming that police offers used “excessive force.”
During the rally, the group stopped at an intersection, and drivers were forced to stop. One driver, although, was not having it.
This driver, driving a dark sedan, approached the scene and began honking with his middle finger raised out of the car.
Police spokeswoman, Schron Jackson said, ““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 then plowed into the group, making direct contact with one protestor. The protester was thrown over the hood of the car, while other protesters were hit by the car as well. Luckily, nobody suffered major injuries.
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After fleeing for about a block, the driver was caught and taken into custody. He faces felony charges of fleeing the scene of an accident.
The victim in the original attack suffered severe stab wounds to his face, arms, and torso. He is currently in serious, but stable condition.
The injured officer was taken to the hospital, where he was treated and released.
Herring and her spouse, Kristy Thompson, had three sons together that are all under the age of eight.
Did the police use “excessive force?” Could this have been avoided? What are your thoughts?
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