"The days have gone down in the west. Behind the hills, into shadow. How did it come to this?”
Pictures w/ captions from tonight's incident where a motorist stuck some protesters with is car in the CWE in #STL pic.twitter.com/dhkVVqUrYy
— David Carson (@PDPJ) December 4, 2014
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. The van was dented, and police recovered a rock from the back seat. Police took the driver, a 57-year-old man, 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.
Police detained the man Wednesday night released him. Police did not identify him. Police are still investigating "due to contradicting statements from the driver and indivuals at the scene."
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.We are witnessing a revolution born before our eyes, hideously growing into a creature few dare even contemplate to what size it might mature. Those who stand in its way will either suffer the fate of Zemir Begic or be hauled into custody by the police as this 57-year-old white driver did.
John Derbyshire noted the lyrics of one the late Michael Brown's freestyle rap recordings, "Luh Vee K-Loc" (posted onto SoundCloud on August 5, 2014... only four days before his fatal decision to rob a store and assault Officer Darren Wilson) included this prophetic line:
I’m a count this moneyWhile I smoke some laugh[?].Run up all me p*ssy n*ggersAmen jus’ 40 cal.I can torch ‘em bad.Eh chewa honey bounce, baby, there’s a Glock in your face.And you betta not make a sound.I only like white men on my money down[?]I ain’t racist reallyBut, n*gger, I’m down with black and brown.Those who are last shall be first,Whites on the bottom now!Look at those last few lines from the SoundCloud recording of Big'Mike "Luh Vee K-Loc": "But, n*gger, I’m down with black and brown. Those who are last shall be first, Whites on the bottom now!"