St. Louis Motorist Hits Protesters With Minivan Then Threatens Them With Handgun

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During a protest in St. Louis’ Central West End neighborhood Wednesday night, a minivan-driving man drove through a crowd of protesters, hitting four people. Protesters gathered in the upscale neighborhood, along with a number of other locations in the St. Louis area, to demonstrate in solidarity with New York City over the death of Eric Garner. It was announced earlier in the day that Garner’s killer, NYPD police officer Daniel Pantaleo, would not be indicted for using an illegal chokehold that caused Garner’s death. The city’s medical examiner ruled Garner’s death a homicide due to the use of a chokehold.

Around 8 PM local time, 75 or so demonstrators gathered at an intersection in the Central West End to perform a ‘die-in.’ As members of the crowd began laying down in the street, an older white man in a Town and Country minivan accelerated through the crowd. As he drove through the intersection, four protesters were hit by his vehicle. Pictures from the scene show one activist, having grabbed onto the vehicle, being thrown to the ground as the minivan turned around a curve.

Once the motorist plowed through the crowd, demonstrators gathered around his vehicle, preventing it from moving any further. As protesters surrounded the minivan, the man pulled out a semiautomatic handgun and waved it at the crowd. Shortly after the gun-waving incident, police on the scene had the man leave the vehicle and then took him into custody. It does not appear that anyone was seriously injured by the man’s reckless behavior.

David Carson of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch was at the protest and took photographs as the action ensued. Below are tweets of his from the incident.



Local news station KTVI also captured video from the protest and the incident. The following segment appeared on the station’s Thursday morning broadcast.


As stated before, the Central West End was the location of just one of several protests that occurred in the St. Louis area Wednesday after the announcement of the Eric Garner decision. While protests have continued in the area in relation to Michael Brown’s death and the non-indictment of Brown’s killer Darren Wilson, the Wednesday protests were organized to show solidarity with New York and bring further attention to a justice system that appears to be broken.

Actions were organized in downtown St. Louis at the Thomas F. Eagleton Federal Courthouse and in downtown Clayton. Five demonstrators were arrested at the courthouse protest. Clergy members led the demonstration in Clayton. No arrests were made as police blocked off streets and allowed protesters to perform ‘die-ins’ and march.

33 Replies to “St. Louis Motorist Hits Protesters With Minivan Then Threatens Them With Handgun”

  1. Just be glad he wasn’t an off duty cop. Then they wouldn’t have arrested him. He’d be on vacation till they told the public he was doing his duty by hitting people with his car and waving a gun at them. Thankfully this was a citizen.

  2. It looks as if the Reich Wing may get race war they wanted because they sure as hell are doing everything possible to inflame this fustercluck of injustice! That is why I support the militarization of our police force because someone is going to have to protect innocent people from the Racist White Reich Wing and it’s barbaric ignorance and suffocating hatred of fellow human beings. The problem is that a percentage of the officers are the very type of animal that support bigotry and hatred, I have confidence though that the good officers will neutralize the officers of hate by putting them in their own cells.

  3. How about that. You mean they didn’t take him out of the van, beat him, shoot him, choke him to death? Oh that’s right. He was white with a GUN! Ready to kill in his mind justifiably because he did not feel the protesters had any right to react to the decision. They’ll treat him like an innocent 5 year old child like wilson. I’m so sick of all the lies in the recent past to cover up for the white police murders. hannity said holder and Obama are just creating the riots. Are we supposed to just sit back and let this go on Hannity??? your not black so you don’t even feel the fear and pain of these people. They have been abused denied the right to decent schools neighborhoods jobs on PURPOSE! All their life! This is genocide overshadowed by police brutality. Not fox cnn or msnbc help this awful situation. They are not news people the are caucasions talking about something they will never experience in their lives. They never have to worry about their white sons being killed like this…

  4. Trust, but verify.
    If the DA and judges kept cops on a tight leash, we wouldn’t be having this problem.

  5. I was going to delete this shit but I left it up so people could see what a racist idiot you are. When there is injustice what do you want people to do? If they resort to violence you call them animals. When they do an act of non violence you like your ancestors want to sic dogs on them. Bull Connor would be proud of your idiocy.

  6. I know you said that just to create responses because you are not grown up yet. Be aware its your last post

  7. Breaking news: The white man with the gun was not even shot at. Instead he was given a courtesy ride to the hoosegow

  8. You mean even with a gun, the cops didn’t find it necessary to shoot the guy? No protesters harmed him! No cop choked him to death———-That gun he was branishing wasn’t threatening enough for the police to shoot him down in cold blood? Maybe it was because he was white that the cops didn’t shoot him down like a dog, an maybe it was because the protesters understand his anger that they did him no harm? Go figure!

  9. White man waving a gun around, not shot?
    Black men are shot for less.
    Mr Muller who made such a nasty remark sounds like he should belong to the Nazis.
    Just read that the man shot in NY had it coming . The Police UNION has said resist arrest and you deserve what happens to you.
    SOOO it seems we must NOT resist arrest for any reason or else we all, could
    be shot.
    There goes our civil rights.

  10. “The DRIVER’S reckless behaviour”???? Seriously?

    What about the reckless behaviour of idiots laying down in the middle of a street? Or the idiots who attacked and killed a guy with hammers within the last week?

    Seems to me the driver acted appropriately.

  11. Bull Connor was a Democrat Committee Chairman. Yeah, the Democrats are out-of-control racist freaks – they always have been.

    Why do you think Democrats are so pleased to see Ferguson riot and Ferguson burn?

  12. And Teddy Roosevelt was a progressive on many issues. WTF does that have to do with what is going on today?

  13. Then it came to me; this country was born from resisting tyranny and oppression, and arrest (even whilst they themselves were oppressing others)

    Wanted men:
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    But in your world you can only protest tyranny if you are white and male

  14. Has White America Forgotten About the Fifth Amendment?
    The Fifth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution states, “No person shall . . . be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law.”
    Do I need to go on?

  15. Congress repealed the 5th Amendment with the so-called “Patriot” Act. Yet another disaster of the criminal terrorist regime of George W Bush.

  16. Missouri’s racist dregs certainly are in fine form of late.

    About 200 people met the [Journey for Justice] marchers as they reached Rosebud around noon, activists said. A display of fried chicken, a melon and a 40-ounce beer bottle had been placed in the street. A Confederate flag flew. Counter-protestors shouted racial epithets. […]
    Somebody shot the window out of the back of one of the buses traveling with the march, dubbed by the NAACP as the Journey for Justice. The outer pane of glass broke. The bullet landed in the windowsill, the driver said.

  17. djchefron and Shiva, these two morons Steve and John have nothing of any substance to debate with. Debating people like that is like Godzilla (us) vs. Bambi(them). These right wing people simple put are simple minded, an ameba is more cogent.

  18. I hope you’re not talking about me dude. Did you perhaps mean Jon, and not John?

    Aside from that You’re right. Right wingers aren’t critical thinkers, or free thinkers. All they are is lie, and hyperbole fed sheeple bleating their anti American views.

  19. You’re right I would much rather debate other progressives on the issues because even if we don’t see eye to eye at least we would come at each other with facts instead of talking points from an email they get from uncle ned

  20. This article is flat-out wrong. I know because I was having dinner in a restaurant window booth, 15 feet from the altercation. The protesters were blocking traffic. The man was surrounded by protesters and started inching his way trying to get through. He definitely was not even going five MPH at a time, just letting off the brake a little at a time. They started jumping on his hood. As he inched out of the crowd they broke his back window and that is when he flashed the gun. It was obvious he was trying to avoid a confrontation and he did not display the gun until after they broke his window and he felt threatened. Two police cars attempted to reach the confrontation but were blocked by the protesters. It’s amazing how inaccurately this has been reported.

  21. Really? I am a moderator and if you know what that means, You will understand why I am calling you a liar

  22. There was a reason July 4th 1776 was not the day they signed that Declaration, it was 2-3 days earlier so they had time to get into hiding from the troops of the British Crown (the cops of that time period).

  23. I am ashamed of you Jon.
    what the hell are people thinking with your attitude, you are sure to make it worse!!

  24. There should have been others arrested also. But right now, the cops are afraid of arresting Black people in Ferguson. And that is a very bad thing.

  25. Well he was armed with a deadly weapon and the police didn’t shoot him. Being white has its privileges I guess.

  26. Shiva, you’re a moderator and if you don’t like somebody’s political stance or post, you threaten them ? This site is ridiculous and totally one-sided BS if that’s what you do.

  27. He was not threatened, but as a moderator I see certain things that tell me he was lying. You will note he never said anything in rebute
    Any moderator see’s what i see

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