ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – (UPDATED 5:21 p.m.) A St. Louis man has been charged after he allegedly drove through a crowd of protesters gathered in the Grove Wednesday night.
The circuit attorney’s office has issued warrants against Mark Colao, 59, for resisting arrest, leaving the scene of an accident, and operating a motor vehicle in a careless and imprudent manner.
Colao, of the 2900 block of St. Vincent, initially refused to pull over for police and was arrested.
The crowd was protesting the fatal police shooting of a transgender woman.
Our previous reporting is as follows:
For a second night, friends and family of 30-year-old Kiwi Herring gathered to chant, sing and denounce a system they see as discriminatory against the transgender community.
Once again a demonstration, this time at the Transgender Memorial Garden on Vandeventer, was held in response to Tuesday morning’s police-involved shooting death of Herring.
Group spokesperson Lady Ashley Gregory said it’s time for a change.
“It’s something that companies work on every day, basic cultural competency training, racial bias training, they are all things that they should be learning, because inadvertently we have a lot of racial bias that is coming from our police department,” she says.
Demonstrations were triggered when a St. Louis police report of the shooting identified Herring as a male, as opposed to a trans woman.
Two officers were placed on leave after fatally shooting Herring, who had reportedly attacked two people with a knife, including a responding officer.
Three protesters suffered minor injuries when a car drove through a crowd of protesters that had surrounded it.
Police spokeswoman Schron Jackson said in a news release Thursday that a car driven by a man pulled up, stopped, honked and attempted to drive around the protesters before some of them surrounded the car and began hitting it with their hands and a flag pole.
The injured protesters two women and a man had jumped onto the car and fell off when the driver pulled away, Jackson said. None of the injured requested treatment, Jackson said.
The driver initially refused to pull over for police, and was arrested.
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