WATCH: Protesters Block Street Get Hit by Car While Protesting Police Shooting Of Isaiah Hammett
Isaiah Hammett Shooting Prompts Protests
St. Louis, MO – Protesters in St. Louis took to blocking the streets Wednesday night to protest the fatal police shooting of Isaiah Hammett. Video of the protest shows a car hitting protesters (below.)
Isaiah Hammett was shot by SWAT officers on Wednesday after he opened fire on them with an AK-47.
The shooting happened at around 11:20 AM. Eight St. Louis SWAT officers were executing a search warrant in the 5400 block of South Kingshighway because Isaiah Hammett was suspected of dealing drugs and guns out of the residence.
Officers knocked and announced, then broke down the door, followed by tossing a flashbang into the house.
Isaiah Hammett had security cameras around the property, knew the officers were coming, and appeared to be waiting for them to come inside.
When officers made entry, Hammett opened fire on them with an AK-47. The SWAT officers returned fire, immediately relieving him of his duty to appear in court.
No officers were injured in the shooting.
As far as shootings go, it seemed unlikely that this shooting would prompt protests. A white guy, suspected of dealing guns, opened fire on officers with an AK-47, got smoked, end of story, right?
Hammett’s mother, Gina Torres claims that the police are “making up lies,” about her son, according to St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Hammett’s grandfather, Dennis Torres, was present during the shooting and claimed that they had no idea who was coming into their house and that Hammett was just pulling him to the floor to protect him.
“A bunch of shots were going on. My grandson was trying to protect me on the floor. He went into the dining room then I hear screaming and I see my grandson lying dead on the dining room floor,” said Torres, according to KMOV.
Acting police chief, Lt. Colonel Lawrence O’Toole, is calling that a bunch of nonsense, “I can tell you this suspect fired numerous shots at police officers,” O’Toole said. “I can describe it only as being a firefight that was inside the residence.”
However, because Isaiah Hammett’s friends and family say he did nothing wrong, protesters gathered to block the road at Kingshighway and Chippewa.
“We want justice,” A woman shrieked over the sound of traffic. “Fuck the police!”
At one point, a car tried to drive through the intersection as a heavyset woman attempted to block the vehicle, pushing back against it. The crowd then surrounded the vehicle yelling, “Fuck you, Justice for Isaiah!”
The car then sped through, knocking the large woman to the ground, and outraging the crowd, who then called the police for help.
Law enforcement said that after sitting in the road, the downed protester was transported the the hospital with non-life-threatening injures.
You can see the video of the protest below. The showdown with the car is about 1:30 in.