St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson tweeted in response that drivers should exercise patience when protesters are in the road.
A risky moment during a street protest in St. Louis on Tuesday night: Protesters gathered around a vehicle at an intersection, and the driver eventually pushed through the pack, reports the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. At that point, protesters surrounded the vehicle, hitting it with their fists and a flag pole.
Witness Keith Rose told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch the vehicle had slowly accelerated through the group of people and that he had raised a middle finger as he was driving through. Police followed him after he drove away, and he has been charged with felony fleeing.
A relative of Herring's, Crevonda Nance, said she was killed as officers responded to an ongoing dispute with her neighbors. When authorities arrived at the scene, they found a 30-year-old man with stab wounds across his face, arms and torso, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported. Police say several people also kicked and jumped on top of the vehicle.
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Demonstrations were triggered when a St. Louis police report of the shooting identified Herring as a male, as opposed to a trans woman.
Three people suffered minor injuries after the Mercedes ran into protesters, according to Riverfront Times. This tweeted image shows one person on the hood of the vehicle at one point, along with a woman directly in front of the auto with her hands on the hood.
When the driver fled, two women and a man fell from the auto.
In detailing what happened, Jackson said the injuries occurred when protesters who had jumped on the vehicle fell from it. Friends of the married couple said they felt discriminated against by neighbors due to their gender. Rose said that a protester was thrown over the hood of the vehicle by the impact and others were hit by the auto. The injured officer was taken to a hospital, where he was treated and released.
According to reports, Herring had a knife and wounded one officer before being shot. Through Aug. 12, at least 17 trans people were fatally shot or killed by violent means.