Saturday, 4 December 2021

Car ploughs into crowd in major US city

NEW YORK: A car ploughed into a crowd of people at a Trans Lives Matter rally last night, leaving some with injuries.

Thousands attended a vigil in St Louis, Missouri, after Kiwi Herring, 30, was shot dead by officers on Tuesday.

Shocking footage shows the moment the vigil turned violent as a black car accelerated into demonstrators after it was surrounded in the street.

One person ended up on the car’s bonnet while others suffered ‘minor injuries’.

Photographer David Carson, who took the footage, said police chased the driver after the incident.

Writing online, Beth Gombos, who was at the rally in Grove, said: ‘Our group of queer, trans, and gender non binary folx having a vigil for a black trans woman, kiwi herring, was just rammed by a car in the Grove.

‘Multiple people hit, nobody seriously injured. I stopped out the way just in time to not get hit but others were hit and at least one person seen by a medic.’

The vigil was in honour of Kenneth ‘Kiwi’ Herring, who was described as a 30-year-old black male, though friends said she identified as a woman.

She was discovered with knife wounds at her flat on Tuesday night.

Interim police Chief Lawrence O’Toole said: ‘The suspect flourished a knife and slashed at the officers, slicing one officer on the arm.

‘The officers fired and shot and killed the suspect.’

The 30-year-old is believed to be the 19th trans person killed by police in the US this year.

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