ST. LOUIS: Felony Charge For Man Who Drove Into Protesters At Vigil For Trans Woman Killed By Police

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports:

A man who drove his car into a group of protesters in St. Louis on Wednesday night has been charged with a felony. Mark Colao, 59, was charged Thursday with a felony count of resisting arrest by fleeing and two misdemeanor charges of leaving the scene of an accident and operating a vehicle in a careless and imprudent manner.

Police say Colao, of the 2900 block of St. Vincent Avenue, drove his car through protesters who were blocking Manchester Avenue and Sarah Street in the Grove neighborhood Wednesday night. After Colao pushed his car through the protesters, he gave the middle finger to a police officer who pulled alongside his car, and “accelerated aggressively” as he left the scene, according to charging documents.

The protesters were marching in the street Wednesday after a nearby vigil to honor Kenny “Kiwi” Herring, who was fatally shot by St. Louis police officers a day earlier after police say Herring stabbed a man and attacked an officer with a knife. After the encounter between the protesters and the car, protesters hit the car and chased it as the man drove off.

  • Oh, Parker

    The crackup of the white American male. Without their privilege they’re nothing, and so, so paranoid.

    • Tawreos

      Only if they see it as a zero sum game. Most of us don’t see others rising as a threat to ourselves.

      • Skeptical_Inquirer

        It seems conservative white America can’t conceive of a win-win situation. It’s so “exploit or be exploited.”

        Being a superpower has been bad for America in a lot of ways in that overall, the power structure still behaves like a colonial empire even towards many of its own people and pushes it to meddle in foreign countries in ways that give the GOP base a domination boner while bleeding our bank accounts. It reinforces the whole “white savior complex” and makes white America wonder why they don’t get hosannas and appreciation for “saving” the world.

    • TJay229

      😂… I love you

    • Todd20036

      Tell me about it. Without white privilege, all I have left is my enormous genitalia.

      • Dagoril

        Which you still haven’t sent me a picture of.

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      • Daveed_WOW

        I feel your pain, brother

      • madscntst

        Pictures (many, many pictures) or it didn’t happen.

      • stanhope

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      • Oh, Parker

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      • Ginger Snap

        Lucky you Todd I just got a very how should I say it without offending, greedy yes greedy asshole. Lol

    • Jeffrey

      White American Male? I think you’d better qualify that. I’m a white American male and I’m not wild about sweeping generalizations.

      • joeyj1220
      • CJAS

        I hesitate to point this out, but you can see how appearing to feel the need to defend yourself from this “sweeping generalization” sort of proves it.

        • Jeffrey

          I don’t feel the need to defend anything. I feel the need to point out that sweeping generalization is just as bad whichever way it swings.

          • CJAS

            Again, “whichever way it swings” sort of proves it.

          • Jeffrey

            No, youre so boringly predictable. All answers lead to all white men being terrible misogynistic racists blah blah blah. Check. Got it. You may not know this but a lot of white men are also gay and have had a few roadblocks of our own.

          • CJAS

            Yes, reason is boringly predictable.

            Anyway, what of all the other white men here who didn’t feel the need to respond? Did they all misread it? Do they lack your unique insight or hardships? Or did understand it (and feel nothing)? “All white men” indeed.

            And no, I don’t doubt your impairments.

          • Jeffrey

            Nazis openly marching down the street and you don’t have enough sense to focus your rage at an actual adversary. Fuck right off.

          • CJAS

            Simply suggesting that you to examine your words (‘you can see how’) is “rage”. That’s classic. As is presuming to know better where some other should focus their attention. (You can’t make this stuff up.)

            Speaking of UVa, were you one of the alumni who chose to “fuck right off” and spend the weekend helping first year’s move in? As for drawing the distinction between casual white supremacy and Nazism, I admit I’m pressed right now to see the difference.

          • Jeffrey

            Nazis. Marching down streets. Fuck. Off.

      • Oh, Parker

        Sorry, I forgot straight.

    • Chucktech

      Without their privilege they’re nothing…

      Yeah, like that’s totally gone away…

  • Skeptical_Inquirer

    Huh, maybe he’ll actually get punished as he flipped off an officer. /s

  • FAEN

    Radical Christian Terrorism-that’s the slogan I want to hear from you Cheeto. Say it.

    • Ninja0980

      He’ll bring up his supporter getting punched in Arizona and do the both sides thing again.

  • olandp

    Where is the attempted murder charge? Oh that’s right, he is a white, heterosexual, male and the protesters were out for a black transwoman…

  • Mary Kaye

    Please stop dead naming this woman. Her name was Kiwi.

    • BobSF_94117

      I suspect they are using her legal name, which she had perhaps not yet changed.

  • crewman

    Way O/T. If you want a break towards humor, there’s a new Alec Baldwin as Trump skit on SNL:

  • Silver Badger

    If Kiwi stabbed someone and then threatened the police with a knife, what is the point of the protest? Was she wrongly accused? Is this a police cover up? What did I miss?

    • Daveed_WOW

      I’m not clear on this either. However the Right is using this as a rationalization for Xtian terrorism.

    • Andymac3

      Protest is over police response, victim shot by both police officers in apartment, no other witnesses to shooting other than partner of victim.

      “Officers who arrived at the residence on Ridge found the stabbing victim, bleeding from stab wounds; he told police the name of the person who stabbed him, police say.

      Herring was still at the apartment building when officers arrived. When officers tried to arrest Herring, Herring used the knife to cut an officer’s arm, police say. That’s when the injured officer and another officer fired their weapons at Herring.

      Police have not released the names of the officers involved. The shooting happened inside the flat and no other witnesses have come forward. The victim of the initial stabbing could not be reached Thursday for comment.”

      • Silver Badger

        Thank you. It sounds like suicide by cop.

  • Olivia M

    Trump is teaching his children wrong.

    • M Jackson

      Our children.

      • Olivia M

        Your children.

  • worstcultever

    Dear protestors everywhere: please do not ever block traffic or surround individual cars. If anything, please help traffic along & show goodwill to motorists. Blocking car traffic is the most guaranteed losing tactic EVER in today’s America.

    Just saying. And this is not to excuse ANY rageaholic puke assholes.

    • Daveed_WOW

      Sure. But what to do about terrofists who drive into crowds with the intent to harm?

  • Todd20036

    Funny. More people are hurt by Christian terrorists in this country than Muslim.


    And yet, Trump keeps talking about defeating ISIS, yet there are apparently some great people who are Nazis.

    • FAEN

      Peaceful Muslims don’t fit into his narrative.

      • Todd20036

        Nor do white, Christian terrorists.

      • Lars Littlefield

        Trump has a narrative. He’s just a tangential ranter. No beginning, middle or end. Just bombastic blather.

    • DesertSun59

      He used a vehicle, precisely as does ISIS. That makes him an Christian extremist.

      • Gigi

        It makes him a puke who used ISIS-style terror tactics.

  • Joe in PA

    Middle finger to a cop, eh? So he’s SMART as well. Good job asshole.

    • Jerry Kott

      Didn’t the Supreme Court rule that giving the bird to police is legal? May not be prudent but legal. His plea will be he was terrified for his life. Hell, it works for cops!

      • Joe in PA

        May not be prudent? LOL

        Talk about an understatement! Indeed.

        • Jerry Kott

          This is still in the spin cycle!

      • Natty Enquirer

        You probably WILL be arrested for it, but that’s not what the officer will write on the complaint. He’ll find something else or maybe plant drugs on you.

        • Jerry Kott

          We recently received a report from the police after our neighbor call them. It didn’t give any details with clarity as to why our neighbor has cause to call them about the 2 old queers but it did mention that the patrolman had a conversation with us about a certain topic that NEVER occurred. He made it up. We believe the report was a work of fiction.

      • Xiao Ai: The Social Gadfly

        It won’t work since he’s white. He doesn’t have a reason to be terrified.

        • Jerry Kott

          It has work for White Policemen when they have committed a criminal act recently. It is always worth a try for them.

  • DesertSun59

    In the meantime, several Red states are very quickly ramping up legislation to make using a terrorist method of protest completely legal and acceptable.

    For now, the Right has proven that they’re suing PRECISELY the same tactics as does ISIS. Precisely the same tactics.

    • Jerry Kott

      And who are the real Terrorist. This Nation has discovered that Terrorism is an effective tool to herd the masses.
      The call is coming from inside the house!

  • Ninja0980

    Does anyone actually think he’ll get jail time?

  • SoCalGal20

    Why does the St. Louis Post-Dispatch keep using Kiwi’s deadname? Use the AP style guide, people!

  • Natty Enquirer

    This hothead is lucky not to have racked up a homicide.

  • Chris Gardner

    Hmmm… I’m a bit conflicted in this case. I watched the video and as he approached and slowed his car to a stop, protesters began to surround his car on all sides. I have to think, what would I do if I were suddenly surrounded in that situation? I wouldn’t have sped up and hit people as I drove off but I think I might have been scared enough to try and slowly move my car through the crowd. (I also wouldn’t have flipped off a police officer.)

    To surround cars like this during a protest doesn’t help the cause, though. When the other side sees violence or intimidation of any kind, it doesn’t help our cause. Their side can burn houses with flaming crosses and they will excuse some of the behavior but we don’t have the luxury of acting in any way violent or intimidating. We have to be like lambs for the slaughter. That’s how the civil rights movement had its greatest victories… millions of Americans watching on tv as the civil rights protesters were beaten and hosed with water cannons.

  • Greg Carey

    Where are the terrorism charges?

  • Ish

    This guy is a gay man right?

    • Ben in Oakland

      why would you think so?

      • Ish

        I can’t find the reference now but when this incident was reported but there were things in his description/background that seemed like red flags. I’ve also seen a statement on fb suggesting it. Frustrated I didn’t save the first article I read on the subject.

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  • stanhope

    Felony count of resisting arrest my ass….attempted murder with a deadly weapon!

  • kladinvt

    And once again, when a white guy uses the same methods as ISIS to kill people, it’s not referred to as ‘terrorism’.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    Oh look, old angry white guy gets slap on the wrist charge for committing act of terrorism….who’s surprised? Are you? How about you? Come on, someone has to be surprised…right? right? /s

  • Halou

    Felony: “resisting arrest by fleeing”
    Misdemeanor: “leaving the scene of an accident”
    Misdemeanor: “operating a vehicle in a careless and imprudent manner”

    But he is not charged with causing actual bodily harm, or attempted murder?

  • JCF

    Argh. I got greeted by this story in my local paper:

    “Transgender prison guard says colleagues call her a freak. Now she’s suing California”

    And then when I looked it up, I saw THIS story! “‘A girl brain but a boy body.’ Kindergarten parents outraged over transgender book read in class” [Naturally, it was wingnuts who engineered this entire kerfuffle, against a Trans child who brought “I Am Jazz” to be read at story time]

  • Commentator8

    White male conservatives, a cancer on the country…