A fight broke out today inside the St. Louis City Hall during a hearing on the creation of a civilian oversight board that would give citizens a voice regarding the police department.
According to CBS St. Louis, activists filled the hearing room in support of the board and to protest against police brutality.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter Nicholas Pistor tweeted, "Brawl has started after Alderman Terry Kennedy and Police Union manager Jeff Roorda exchanged words."
The St. Louis American noted that Roorda allegedly yelled, "How about some order here!" and Alderman Kennedy shot back, "You do not tell me my function."
Roorda allegedly tried to move to the front of the room and pushed a black woman, Cachet Currie, who was trying to leave.
"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 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."
However, Roorda denied pushing Currie and added, "As I tried to exit, she continued to do that. Two or three other anti-police radicals rushed over and things escalated from there."
Blogger Bassem Masri filmed the chaos (video below).