comScore

St. Louis Meeting on Cop Oversight Erupts into Brawl: ‘White Supremacist Motherf*cker’

A meeting at St. Louis City Hall to consider the creation of citizens oversight review board in the wake of Ferguson turmoil descended into chaos Wednesday night.

The review board is part of a phalanx of reforms proposed after the fatal police shooting of teenager Michael Brown and subsequent grand jury decision not to indict officer Darren Wilson. Ferguson and St. Louis County came under global scrutiny for its police tactics, lack of diversity in police forces, and militarized response to protests.

The meeting, designed to elicit comment and testimony from all aspects of the community, reached a boiling point when the business manager for the St. Louis Police Officers Association Jeff Roorda rose to speak while wearing a bracelet in support of Wilson:

As alderman Terry Kennedy attempted to calm the crowd, he and Roorda began to exchange words, and order was lost. Some audience members made for one of the few exits in the packed room.

“Get the fuck out of here Roorda,” one man yelled as he film the exodus. “You white supremacist motherfucker!”

Tweeters captured the chaos:

One woman claimed Roorda pushed her during the melee.

“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 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. Some man grabbed me by the hair, just started trying to throw punches at me. From there it just went wild.”

Roorda declared the meeting a “sham” and said Kennedy had kept order while “anti-cop radicals” spoke but let it break down when cops began to testify. He also alleged Currie pushed him.

“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.”

Roorda is a friend of Wilson’s and has been an outspoken opponent of police criticism; he also has an interesting history of falsifying police reports.
Watch video below, via CBS News:

Another angle, via KMOV:

[h/t Gawker]

[Image via screengrab]

——
>> Follow Evan McMurry (@evanmcmurry) on Twitter

Have a tip we should know? [email protected]

Filed Under:

Follow Mediaite: