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Police Union Official Wearing ‘I Am Darren Wilson’ Wristband Starts Brawl At St. Louis Meeting

Jeff Roorda, the business manager for the St. Louis Police Officers Association, interrupted a meeting at St. Louis City Hall Wednesday evening and sparked a melee when he pushed a young black woman to the ground. The meeting was held so St. Louis residents could openly discuss the possible formation of a civilian review board with a committee of aldermen. The board would oversee the city’s police force. Currently, St. Louis is one of the largest cities in the nation without any type of independent group looking at its police department.

Roorda, who came into prominence as a vocal defender of former Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson after the shooting death of Michael Brown last August, showed up at the meeting wearing an ‘I Am Darren Wilson’ wristband. A large number of residents and activists showed up to the meeting in order to speak to the committee and let them know their support for the board. Eventually, police officers also spoke in front of the committee, expressing their dissatisfaction with the prospect of an independent body reviewing their department.

When some in the crowd showed their displeasure with the police officers’ testimony, and also noticed Roorda and others were wearing the wristbands, Roorda stood up and yelled at Alderman Terry Kennedy, the chairman of the public safety committee, to restore order to the meeting. Kennedy snapped back at the police union official, pointing out Roorda had no business telling him what to do. The two shouted back and forth for a short bit, causing the crowd to become more agitated. It was at this point that Roorda set off the entire room by pushing down a young black woman while attempting to charge at Kennedy.

Below is a blow-by-blow account of the incident from Kayla Reed, a Field Organizer with the Organization for Black Struggle.



Another person who was at the meeting tweeted out a picture of Roorda grabbing the young woman while trying to get at the alderman.

Of course, per Roorda, it was the “anti-police radicals” who started everything, and he is just a poor, innocent police union rep who was just trying to get the meeting back under control. Per the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Roorda said, “”We spent the night hearing from anti-police radicals. We hear from two police officers and he (Kennedy) lets the place go wild.” According to KMOV, Roorda denied pushing anyone, but once again used the “anti-police radicals” line, saying “[t]wo or three other anti-police radicals rushed over and things escalated from there.”

Meanwhile, Cachet Currie, the woman Roorda pushed, told the news station a different story.

“I was literally just trying to leave the meeting and I got caught in whatever Roorda and Kennedy had going on in their exchange. 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.”

Besides Reed, other activists and organizers in the area feel Roorda deliberately caused a scene at the meeting in order to disrupt progress with the civilian review board.  


Personally, if this was an attempt by Roorda to derail the independent review board of the police while simultaneously painting the protesters and activists as lawless radicals, I think this will fail in a big way. Much like Pat Lynch in New York, Roorda has been exposed as a grandstanding loudmouth who is doing more harm than good to the police officers he is supposed to represent. While there will be some cops who remain loyal to him, this stunt he pulled Wednesday night is going to cost him a ton of support, just like Lynch’s over-the-top statements about Bill de Blasio and NYC protesters have placed him in an unfavorable position.

All Roorda did was prove to citizens in the city that his police force desperately, desperately, desperately needs a civilian review board.


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    • Ah, but was Roorda on duty or off duty because if he was there on his own time the young woman can feel free to sue him personally. Now that would be a very good thing to see happen.

  • One would have to ask why the police would be afraid of civilian over site. The civilians have no power over them, but would be publicizing their actions. What do they have to hide? A very small minority of cops that forget their responsibilities?

  • A review board? I think the whole police department needs to be fired and the city should find some police officers who are not racist bullies, if indeed, any still exist in this 1950's Amerika the Right Wing, NRA, Fox, and the hate speakers have created. Hope they're very proud of themselves for stirring up and legitimizing the evil in these people.

  • "Anti-police radicals?" Oh come on Roorda. Just use the thug word. We know you want to.

    Next time don't fly off the handle and assault a woman. Pick a young man. Then you'd get more traction with your "they started it" narrative.

    With any luck you too could get Bundy levels of militia coming to St. Louis.

  • Roorda has worked in law enforcement for seventeen years. He was a police officer in Arnold, Missouri until 2001, when he was fired for making false statements. Later, he became chief of police in Kimmswick, another city in Jefferson County. He is the executive director and a business manager of the St. Louis Police Officers Association. On January 16, 2014, Roorda sponsored a bill that, if passed, will allow the government to close "any records and documents pertaining to police shootings [...] if they contain the name of any officer who did the shooting, unless the officer who did the shooting has been charged with a crime as a result of the shooting, in which case such records or documents shall not be closed."

    Roorda said the St. Louis Police Officers Association has had concerns about dashboard cameras in use on many city patrol cars and would have the same worries about on-body devices. Roorda said both types of cameras provide video of “one angle

    from wiki

  • He is Darren Wilson? Good. Tie him up and leave him on the streets of Ferguson with no weapon and no cruiser.

  • And this is exactly WHY we need these committees. This man should be fired, and investigated....Roorda is exactly what we do not need in power of any kind.

  • Another reason we need to protect our Second Amendment rights.If the police thought everyone was legally armed they would be a lot more polite to the average citizen. As it stands now they have disarmed so much of the public through over reaching laws and brainwashing our kids (guns are bad) that they do not serve and protect, they serve more as tax collectors and intimidators.

    • Maybe they re acting the way they do is because there are too many guns on the street and instead of thinking they are acting out of fear. But that couldn't be it because we all know until every tom dick and harry is armed we will never truly be safe. OY

      • dj, by using the illogic of Bob and other ammosexuals then we can assume that one would have no chance of drowning in the ocean because there's "all this water"!! Same thing applies to guns in their minds.."hey we all have guns!! Look at all the Guns! How can ANY BODY possibly get shot by a gun!? We are now safe froBOOM!!.......

    • BostonBob..sigh..Face/Palm..When are IDIOTS like you going to STOP acting like Firearms are as cute and cuddly and safe as a 3week old kitten? The FACT still remains and will ALWAYS remain that GUNS KILL!!!!!!People with GUNS KILL!!! People don't throw bullets with their bare hands you PUTZ!!! they use GUNS!!! IDIOT!!

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