Police officer's union hires lawyer after YouTube video claims intimidation - KMOV.com

Police officer's union hires lawyer after YouTube video claims intimidation

ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) – A YouTube video titled “Activist confronts cop trying to intimidate her” is getting the attention of internal affairs at St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department.

The St. Louis Police Officers Association (SLPOA) hired an attorney that specializes in first amendment rights. Officer Keith Novara is accused of intimidation.

“It is confounding to us as an organization of law enforcement professionals that apologists for the so called ‘peaceful protesters’ in Ferguson and the Shaw neighborhood defend throwing brings, bottles and rocks at police officers as ‘freedom of speech or freedom of expression.’ Then those very same people feign righteous indignation when a police officer who is fed up with the corrosive, anti-police rhetoric that this particular agitator has made in a public forum on social media, exercises his freedom of speech and freedom of expression in a truly peaceful manner,” said SLPOA Business Manager Jeff Roorda said in a statement.

Leigh Maibers posted video of her conversation with Novara because the officer talked to Maibers boss about Twitter postings she made. Maibers claims her boss was notified beforehand that her tweets dealt with police tactics at protest locations. 

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