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Missouri man plows minivan through pro-Eric Garner protesters, waves handgun at them

Posted by on Dec. 4, 2014 at 10:53 AM
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Missouri man plows minivan through pro-Eric Garner protesters, waves handgun at them

 

Driver brandishes gun at St. Louis Protesters (St. Louis Post-Dispatch via KTVI screen grab)

Driver brandishes gun at St. Louis Protesters (St. Louis Post-Dispatch via KTVI screen grab)
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St. Louis police took a man into custody on Wednesday for driving his minivan into a group of protesters and then waving a handgun at them.

According to the St. Louis Dispatch, activists were preparing for a "die-in" demonstration, which includes laying 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. "One woman was seen crouching on the hood of the minivan as the van continued forward. She fell off as the vehicle rounded a curve."

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.

Watch the video below from KTVI, broadcast Dec. 4, 2014.

by on Dec. 4, 2014 at 10:53 AM
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Billiejeens
by Ruby Member on Dec. 4, 2014 at 11:50 AM

Surprised more of this has not happened.

People are tired of the nonsense.

sweet-a-kins
by Emerald Member on Dec. 4, 2014 at 12:25 PM

 

Quoting Billiejeens:

Surprised more of this has not happened.

People are tired of the nonsense.

 and more (sane ) people are tired of the police getting away with murder

and protesting

Billiejeens
by Ruby Member on Dec. 4, 2014 at 12:30 PM

 

Quoting sweet-a-kins:

 

Quoting Billiejeens:

Surprised more of this has not happened.

People are tired of the nonsense.

 and more (sane ) people are tired of the police getting away with murder

and protesting

 People are getting tired of paying for the damages done by all the Peaceful Protesting too.

That spigot is going to be turned off too.

Better get it while ya can.

sweet-a-kins
by Emerald Member on Dec. 4, 2014 at 12:31 PM
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Quoting Billiejeens:

 

Quoting sweet-a-kins:

 

Quoting Billiejeens:

Surprised more of this has not happened.

People are tired of the nonsense.

 and more (sane ) people are tired of the police getting away with murder

and protesting

 People are getting tired of paying for the damages done by all the Peaceful Protesting too.

That spigot is going to be turned off too.

Better get it while ya can.

 The people that he plowed through were peacefully protesting

and you support him commiting violent acts against peaceful people

sounds about right

Billiejeens
by Ruby Member on Dec. 4, 2014 at 12:33 PM

 

Quoting sweet-a-kins:

 

Quoting Billiejeens:

 

Quoting sweet-a-kins:

 

Quoting Billiejeens:

Surprised more of this has not happened.

People are tired of the nonsense.

 and more (sane ) people are tired of the police getting away with murder

and protesting

 People are getting tired of paying for the damages done by all the Peaceful Protesting too.

That spigot is going to be turned off too.

Better get it while ya can.

 The people that he plowed through were peacefully protesting

and you support him commiting violent acts against peaceful people

sounds about right

 I didnt say that I supported it.

I stated that I was surprised that more of it wasn't happening.

nb34
by Platinum Member on Dec. 4, 2014 at 12:36 PM
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He was taken to custody "alive." No one shot him eventhough he was waiving a gun. Now if he were black, we would be hearing about how police shot a gun waiving criminal.

Iconoclast
by on Dec. 4, 2014 at 12:38 PM
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Damn you're ignorant

Quoting Billiejeens:

Surprised more of this has not happened.



People are tired of the nonsense.

12hellokitty
by Ruby Member on Dec. 4, 2014 at 12:41 PM

Wait did people say the guy who was beat to death by 3 black teens should have just drove over them?  

The protests at this point are counter productive.  By blocking streets and business they are negatively affecting millions of innocent people.  Just as the Occupy protests lost support the longer it went on, so will the Ferguson protests.  

12hellokitty
by Ruby Member on Dec. 4, 2014 at 12:51 PM
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Quoting Billiejeens:


Quoting sweet-a-kins:

 

Quoting Billiejeens:


Quoting sweet-a-kins:

 

Quoting Billiejeens:

Surprised more of this has not happened.

People are tired of the nonsense.

 and more (sane ) people are tired of the police getting away with murder

and protesting

 People are getting tired of paying for the damages done by all the Peaceful Protesting too.

That spigot is going to be turned off too.

Better get it while ya can.

 The people that he plowed through were peacefully protesting

and you support him commiting violent acts against peaceful people

sounds about right

 I didnt say that I supported it.

I stated that I was surprised that more of it wasn't happening.

A man was arrested during protests Wednesday evening in the Central West End after he drove through the crowd and later waved a gun at protesters.

The incident happened during a day of demonstrations that brought protesters to several sites in and around St. Louis.

In the incident Wednesday night, a protest leader said four protesters were hit. A police spokeswoman said nobody was seriously hurt.

The incident happened around 8 p.m., after about 75 protesters gathered in Maryland Plaza and were beginning to lay down for a “die-in” in the street.

As they did, a man driving a Town and Country minivan drove through the intersection and accelerated through the crowd. One woman was seen crouching on the hood of the minivan as the van continued forward. She fell off as the vehicle rounded a curve.

Protesters chased and then surrounded the minivan, and the driver waved a black handgun at them. At one point, protesters broke out the van’s back window. Police took the man, who appeared to be in his 50s, into custody.

Leah Freeman, police spokeswoman, said it was unclear whether the protesters jumped onto the motorist’s vehicle or if the motorist drove toward the protesters in an attempt to get through the crowd.

About 8:30 p.m., the protesters moved on to Chase Park Plaza, where they flooded the lobby, and then briefly shut down the intersection of Lindell Boulevard and Kingshighway. Police stood by. The protesters continued marching through the neighborhood for another hour or so.

sweet-a-kins
by Emerald Member on Dec. 4, 2014 at 3:05 PM

 

Ferguson protesters opposed in rural Missouri

Reports say some shouted obscenities at demonstrators

Published  9:44 AM CST Dec 04, 2014

 

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ROSEBUD, Mo. -Demonstrators marching from Ferguson to Missouri's capital to protest the police shooting death of Michael Brown were met with opposition as they passed through a rural town.

Television station KRCG reported that some people in Rosebud shouted obscenities and held signs telling them to "go home."

The Columbia Missourian reported that at least one person displayed a Confederate flag, and the back window of a bus traveling with the marchers was broken by a bullet.

The protest march began after a grand jury decided last week not to indict Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson, who was white, for the Aug. 9 shooting of Brown, who was black and unarmed.

The protesters are expected to arrive Friday in Jefferson City.

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