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Car drives through trans vigil crowd in St. Louis

Car drives through memorial service for fallen trans woman.
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LGBTQ Nation

Not at all compassionate about a vigil honoring trans woman Kiwi Herring (left) who was killed by police earlier this week, the driver of a black Mercedes plowed into a Trans Lives Matter crowd who attended her memorial.

LGBTQ Nation is reporting that attendees of the vigil were blocking the road so a man decided to not use side streets and drive directly through the gathering.

David Carson of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch caught the whole thing on video and posted it to Twitter.

Different accounts of what actually happened have been reported, law enforcement say people began hitting the vehicle first.

Schron Jackson, a police spokeswoman, gave the following statement to the River Front Times:

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.

But others say that is not true and protestors only started defending themselves as the car went through them.

Protester Keith Rose thinks law enforcement is covering for the driver.

“The SLMPD is going out of its way to protect this man who tried to run over people just a couple weeks after the Charlottesville attack. This kind of immunity from consequences only emboldens the people who want to harm protesters.”

A white nationalist "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville earlier this month claimed the life of Heather Heyer when a car slammed into a crowd of counter-protesters. Nineteen others were injured in that vehicular attack.