White St. Louis Police Union Official Attacks Black Woman at Community Meeting
Months after the murder of Michael Brown in Feruguson, Missouri, a St. Louis community meeting disintegrated into chaos when a white police union representative physically pushed a black woman who was also in attendance.
The meeting, held in the St. Louis City Hall building, was convened to discuss the creation of a civilian oversight board to examine complaints against the police. According to the St. Louis American, Democratic State Representative and business manager for the St. Louis Police Officer’s Association Jeff Roorda was having a heated exchange with another state official just before the attack took place.
Roorda, who was sitting in the audience, had just finished yelling to the public safety committee chairman Alderman Terry Kennedy, “How about some order here?”
His comment came after a police officer was trying to give his testimony on the proposed legislation of a civilian oversight board but was being interrupted by some attendees.
Kennedy responded to Roorda, saying, “First of all, you do not tell me my function.”
After hearing this, Roorda rose from his seat and was trying to move through the crowd towards the front of the room. He first tried to push the young black woman out of his way, and then, according to reports of those close by, pushed and scratched her face.
The woman who was attacked, Cachet Currie, said she was attempting to exit the room when Roorda grabbed her by the arm and pushed her. “Roorda just jumped out into the aisle, pushed me over, and tried to get to Kennedy,” said Currie, speaking to KMOV. "I'm like 'Wait a minute, don't push me.' Then he started going off on me, pushing me.”
Roorda, who was reportedly wearing a bracelet that read “I Am Darren Wilson” at the time, referred to Currie and others in the room as “anti-police radicals.” Though the meeting was terminated shortly after, there were no arrests. Video of the incident in full is below.