Violence erupted at City Hall during a meeting to discuss the conduct of police. This is the same infamous city, Ferguson, where riots erupted after a black teenager was shot dead by a white officer.
The audience had no patience for the police officers speaking out against a proposed civilian oversight board. Jeff Roorda, a Democrat, who is also business manager of the city’s police union, allegedly became involved in a slanging match with meeting chairman Terry Kennedy.
According to the Daily Mail
Roorda, who was said to have been wearing a wristband in support of Darren Wilson, the ex-police officer who shot Michael Brown, then allegedly pushed a black woman as a melee erupted.
Video of the fracas reveals someone in the crowd shouting abuse at Roorda, telling him: ‘You white supremacist motherf*****. Get the f*** out of here, man!’
‘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.’
The meeting descended into chaos around an hour into proceedings when Roorda called for calm when an officer’s statement was interrupted by other attendees, it was reported by the St Louis Post-Dispatch.
Alderman Kennedy replied: ‘You do not tell me my function’, prompting Roorda to push his way through the crowd.
Witnesses claim police officers had to hold Roorda back from engaging with other attendees.
The meeting ended early and no arrests were made.
Roorda later told the Post-Dispatch: ‘We spent the night hearing from anti-police radicals.
‘We hear from two police officers and (Kennedy) lets the place go wild.’
First of all, why any police department would allow themselves to be governed by civilians is beyond my grasp. Most civilians have literally no idea what officers are dealing with out on the streets. This has nothing to do with race. Some white officers will work in neighborhood that are primarily Asian, or Black, or even White. This isn’t a ‘thing’ that is masterminded by the ‘racist’ gods of the police. Get over it.
Secondly, Ferguson needs to check people. No one should be surprised if there are officers stationed at every row to keep this kind of piss-poor management under control. Ferguson Residents seem to mistakenly feel entitled to have fits and riot for their way – not so, pal.
This drama has to stop. The race baiters like Sharpton have stirred this pot, and it’s long since boiled over.
Written by Katie McGuire. Follow Katie on Twitter @GOPKatie