A Missouri man drove his van through a crowd of protesters in St Louis last night, and then waved a gun at them.
According to the St. Louis Dispatch, activists were preparing for a “die-in” demonstration, which includes lying in the street, in Maryland Plaza at around 8 p.m. to protest the decision not to charge the officer whose illegal use of a chokehold resulted in the death of Eric Garner.
“As they did, a man driving a Town and Country minivan drove through the intersection and accelerated through the crowd,” the paper reported.
Well maybe he was late for dinner and the pesky protesters were in his way. Look at it from his point of view.
After a short chase, protesters were able to stop the driver. In photos taken by the Post-Dispatch‘s David Carson, a male white driver in his 50s can be seen brandishing a semiautomatic handgun. Reports said that protesters broke the man’s window at one point.
A protest organizer said that four activists had been hit. Police spokesperson Leah Freeman noted that no one had been seriously hurt.
The driver was taken into custody by police. Freeman said that it was not clear if he hit the protesters after swerving to go around them or if they had jumped in front of his minivan.
So he was even later for dinner. It’s so unfair.