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Chaos Ends St. Louis City Hall Meeting on Police Panel (Video)

By    |   Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 10:05 AM

A city hall meeting on a proposed police civilian overview board in St. Louis ended in a  chaos of pushing and shouting after words were exchanged by those attending the meeting.

Missouri State Rep. Jeff Roorda, who is also business manager of the local police union, accused Alderman Terry Kennedy of allowing the meeting to get out of the control, reported KTVI-TV.

"We're supposed to rely on aldermen like Terry Kennedy to provide a fair civilian review board for our members when we just saw a sham of a process in his very own hearing," Roorda told the television station.

Protesters at the standing-room-only meeting told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that Roorda actually started the ruckus when he pushed a woman in the crowd, setting off a melee. Some in the crowd said they wanted Roorda to be arrested for his action against the woman.

Roorda, in turn, said he was surrounded by people while he voiced opposition to the police civilian overview board proposal and people began grabbing at his ankles.



"I've had several people come up to me to thank me for maintaining decorum in this meeting by showing respect to individuals who came forward," Kennedy told KTVI-TV. "It's unfortunate that the city has these kind of divisions we have but we have to begin work on it."

Tension remains between St. Louis-area police and many in its African-American community since the shooting of Michael Brown by police officer Darren Wilson in nearby Ferguson last August, reported the New York Daily News.

A St. Louis County grand jury voted not to indict Wilson, who has since left the Ferguson Police Department. The Daily News reported that Roorda was wearing a wristband in support of Wilson at the meeting.

The Post-Dispatch reported that under the current proposal, civilian oversight board would have the authority to investigate allegations of police misconduct, research and assess police policies, operations and procedures, and make findings and recommendations.

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