Unmarked police vehicle backs down 20th Street, passes through protesters

ST. LOUIS – Tensions between protesters and law enforcement outside St. Louis Metropolitan Police Headquarters were further heated early Sunday evening as an unmarked police vehicle backed down 20th Street, moving through the gathered crowd.

According to Schron Jackson, a police spokeswoman, the incident occurred around 7 p.m. Undercover officers in a dark blue Chevy Impala pulled over a vehicle occupied by a pair of wanted suspects on 20th near Locust. The driver of the suspect vehicle had been wanted for first-degree assault and the passenger was wanted for making a terrorist threat. While officers were making those arrests, a third person appeared and threw rocks at officers. That person was taken into custody and placed in the back of the Impala.

Jackson said the crowd began to move in a threatening manner towards the Impala. The undercover officers could not drive forward because police had the roadway blocked.

Footage from the Bommarito Automotive SkyFox Helicopter showed the Impala move down the street, past the protesters gathered near the intersection of Locust and 20th, and coming to a stop near the Interstate 64 on-ramp. State police lined up around the vehicle as protesters ran toward the car.

The car did not strike anyone.

Initial reports from the scene seemed to indicate that the car barreled through the crowd with considerable speed.

A short time after the incident with the unmarked vehicle, a protester tossed a bottle at police, injuring one officer.