Tensions went over the top during a meeting at the St. Louis City Hall Wednesday night. Those in attendance were discussing the execution of a civilian oversight board for law enforcement in the wake of recent high-profile officer-involving shootings.
In the middle of the meeting, as things began to get rowdy, Jeff Roorda of the St. Louis Police Officers Association yelled from across the room at St. Louis Alderman Terry Kennedy, “How about some order here.” But what followed, was anything but order.
Kennedy yelled back to Roorda, “You do not tell me my function.”
At that point, Roorda began moving toward Kennedy and all hell broke loose.
Cachet Currie said Roorda pushed her down as he made his way to the front of the room.
“I was literally just trying to leave the meeting and I got caught in whatever Roorda and Kennedy had going on in their exchange,” Currie said. “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.”
But Roorda claims that’s not the way it went down.
“As I tried to exit the aisle I was in, the woman was standing in the way,” Roorda said. “She began elbowing me and pushing, trying to keep me from getting out. As I tried to exit, she continued to do that. Two or three other anti-police radicals rushed over and things escalated from there.”
Nonetheless, additional police officers were called into the meeting, and were eventually able to regain order.
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