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Tensions flare at STL Co. committee hearing on police conduct at Galleria protest

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The St. Louis County Justice and Health Committee called the meeting to hear public concern about protests and demonstrations at the Galleria on September 23.. Credit: KMOV The St. Louis County Justice and Health Committee called the meeting to hear public concern about protests and demonstrations at the Galleria on September 23.. Credit: KMOV
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It's been nearly a month since protesters were arrested in a chaotic scene at the Galleria.  Tuesday, St. Louis County's Justice and Health Committee tried to discuss whether police acted properly, but things did not go as planned.

Fiery words and pent-up anger created perfect mix to putt one part of a community against another. The committee called the meeting in response to protests that occurred on September 23. 

Protest supporters told the committee officers were out of line. 

"I believe it is appropriate to investigate bringing criminal charges against individual officers who assaulted and abducted people that night. People being punched, kicked and strangled is assault. Being illegally arrested and denied counsel is abduction," said one protest supporter. 

The St. Louis County Police Department did not have a representative at the meeting. 

But, when one of their supporters spoke up -- it ignited a shouting match between her and protesters. 

It continued as she approached the podium, but she eventually made her comment.

"The Galleria is private property. So, when the protestors showed up on private property, they were unlawful. just unlawful," said the law enforcement supporter. 

Yells from the crowd forced the woman to leave, but protestors followed her into the lobby.

The hearing was the first of a few committee members wanted to hold as they work to draft ordinances related to protests and demonstrations. 

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