Brawl breaks out in meeting on St. Louis civil oversight of cops
theGRIO REPORT - Tensions are still running high in St. Louis, Missouri, where a City Hall discussion on the creation of a civilian-run police oversight committee turned into a brawl.
Tensions are still running high in St. Louis, Missouri, where a City Hall discussion on the creation of a civilian-run police oversight committee turned into a brawl.
According to the New York Daily News, chairman Alderman Terry Kennedy got into a shouting match with state Rep. Jeff Roorda, who is the business manager of the police union and was wearing an “I am Darren Wilson” wristband.
As activists interrupted the discussion, Roorda called for order, to which Kennedy responded, “Excuse me, first of all, you do not tell me my function.”
The fight truly began in earnest when Roorda pushed a black woman in the aisle.
Look at Roorda's pose….the bracelet.
Pushing that woman was not the first fight he was looking for tonight. pic.twitter.com/fdfm3GbG67
— #BLM Jillian Hurley (@BeautyBind) January 29, 2015
“I was literally just trying to leave the meeting, and I got caught in whatever Roorda and Kennedy had going on in their exchange,” Cachet Currie, who was pushed, told KMOV. “Roorda just jumped out into the aisle, pushed me over, and tried to get to Kennedy. I’m like ‘wait a minute, don’t push me.’ Then he started going off on me, pushing me.”
A fight broke out after that, and 15 minutes later, the meeting was adjourned.
“We spent the night hearing from anti-police radicals,” Roorda said afterward. “We hear from two police officers and [Kennedy] lets the place go wild.”