Car drives through crowd at vigil for Kiwi Herring, trans woman killed by police
A car plowed through a group of people close to a vigil for a transgender woman who was killed by police in St. Louis. Fortunately, no one was seriously injured during the collision outside of some scrapes and bruises. Fox2 reports that the vigil took place at Transgender Memorial Garden a day after Kiwi Herring was killed by police on Tuesday.
Officers were called on Tuesday with reports of a stabbing. When they arrived, a man who had suffered stab wounds to his face, arms and torso identified Herring as the attacker. Herring was still holding a knife as officers approached her and she stabbed one in the arm, according to police sources.
Friends and family of Herring also spoke to Huffington Post. Herring’s sister-in-law, Crevonda Nance said, “Kiwi was harassed and executed and it’s a horrible feeling.”
According to Heavy,
“Activists say that Herring and her partner had dealt with ongoing harassment in the neighborhood, although police allege that Herring slashed a neighbor and police officer with a knife before officers shot her to death.
The situation is growing even more tense. Several protesters were injured when a car struck several of them, although police and witness accounts of what happened differed.”
About 100 people attended the vigil and started to march through nearby roads when they encountered the driver of a black Mercedes, according to the New York Daily News. The driver reportedly honked at the marchers before they surrounded the car and he accelerated.
Three people suffered minor injuries and the driver was arrested about a block away for felony fleeing.
Let this incident serve as a reminder that certain lawmakers are looking to make it legal for drivers to plow through crowds in the street with no ramifications.
Pix from car that drove through protesters, car stopped was surrounded, then drove through, one person ended up on hood, only minor injuries pic.twitter.com/EYNxSJARoF
— David Carson (@PDPJ) August 24, 2017
“Kiwi was a human being created by god and that matters.” Nance said.