Roorda Sticks up For Abusive Cop

7 Oct

Update: Here’s a new example of Roorda opposing dash cameras in police cars. It is a typical union stance to oppose accountability.

I heard the first part of this story when it happened in July, but did not catch the second part. But better late than never.

In February 2012, St. Louis police officer Rory Bruce smacked a handcuffed 16-year-old in the face. He was subsequently fired and charged with 3rd degree assault. This July, a judge cleared Bruce of assault, even though there was damning video of the event. Testimony was needed to authenticate the video, and the cop and the victim both took the 5th. The other cop on the video testified that it differed from his recollection of events. Who you gonna believe, me or your lying eyes?

The assault happened after Bruce’s partner, Jacob Fowler, “fired a shot at the teen after the teen pointed a gun at him, according to a police report obtained by the Post-Dispatch. The bullet missed.” The assault took place when the teen was in custody and after he was removed from a police vehicle.

Here’s where Jeff Roorda comes on stage. In addition to serving as a Democratic representative of the 113th district in the Missouri House, he is business manager for the St. Louis Police Officer’s Association. That’s the kind of job that (literally, in my opinion) was created for a friendly politician to while away the hours when he’s not in Jefferson City. In this position, it was his job to come to the defense of Bruce. He crowed about Bruce’s legal victory.

“You’ve got a guy who has twice skated on serious charges all in the interest of prosecuting a police officer on a misdemeanor where the only evidence is video that exonerates him,” Roorda said in a prepared statement. “This is more than a case of prosecutorial indiscretion; it’s a case of prosecutorial vanity.”

He also stated that the cop was merely defending himself:

Words are exchanged and then; “It’s one forearm blow as he’s trained to do,” said Jeff Roorda with the St. Louis Police Officer’s Association.

Roorda says he can see Bruce crouched down and the suspect moving forward. He says Bruce was only defending himself.

The video below will show you this is untrue. The only thing the cop was defending was his ego, after the kid laughed at him. He also called for Bruce to be reinstated with the STL Police. Roorda also doesn’t like the idea of using dash cameras to criticize police actions. He told KMOV that videos like these should be used to protect police:

“Police officers have to make split second decisions in life and death situations and I don’t think that folks over at the Circuit Attorney’s office or folks up in Internal Affairs should second guess them based on their brief impression of a video tape,” says Jeff Roorda with the SLPOA. “It doesn’t tell the whole story,” he says.

Life-and-death situation, huh? Here’s a video (via JeffCityLaw) that contains a news report, video of the assault, and Roorda’s response.

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3 Responses to “Roorda Sticks up For Abusive Cop”

  1. Bob Hohmeier October 7, 2013 at 10:08 am #

    Jeff Roorda has no qualms whatsoever about lying, as demonstrated to me personally. Twice during the month of August 2013, at Arnold City council meetings, I asked him if he planned to vote to override the Governor’s veto of HB436. He told me not once, but twice, “yes” he will vote for the override. That his consituents in Jefferson County were big supporters of the 2nd Amendment. He knowingly and willfully lied when it came time to vote. Here’s the email conversation I had the day prior to the vote;

    On Sep 10, 2013, at 1:50 PM, “Bob Hohmeier” wrote:
    Rep. Roorda,

    You told me at least twice you’d vote to override the governors veto. Just want you to know we are counting on that!

    On 9/11/2013 10:08 AM, Jeff Roorda wrote:
    Bob,

    I voted for the bill during session and planned all along to vote for the override. Now that the NRA has come out against the bill, it really complicates the vote. I’m going to listen to the Floor debate and then make up my mind.

    I really appreciate you writing. I deeply care about what my constituents think.

    (My notes, aside from this conversation; The NRA did NOT come out against it. They were disappointedly silent, but didn’t come out against.)

    On Sep 11, 2013, at 10:22 AM, “Bob Hohmeier” wrote:
    You represent the citizens of Missouri and the Constitution, not the NRA.

    On 9/11/2013 6:52 PM, Jeff Roorda wrote:
    Bob, you’ll be happy to know the bill passed in the House although I heard it has problems in the Senate. I agree that my ultimate responsibilities are to my constituents and to the constitution. There are a lot of great legal minds (liberal and conservative, alike) that agree that this bill has some significant constitutional problems. Because of that, I voted present which is not a no vote but it also doesn’t count towards the 109 votes needed to override the veto. I wasn’t going to vote against a bill that is meant to defend Second Amendment rights, but I think we should come back next year and get the bill right so that it does just that.

    On Sep 12, 2013, at 07:47 AM, “Bob Hohmeier” wrote:
    I believe the “present” vote was spineless, especially after you assured me, twice, that you would vote yes. A mans word should be just that. His word. And if you really had an understanding of the Constitution you swore an oath to uphold, you would have realized that Missouri is a state that has rights that trump the federal government in ALL areas except the ones given to it by that Constitution. And a “right” is something that comes from God and is the governments sworn duty to protect it! When we have to “ask permission”, it is no longer a right. This bill, while I feel it’s crazy to make a law to enforce a law, went a long way, but not far enough, to bringing us back closer to that “right” we once had. Yes, I’m peeved! We currently have a government that considers itself above those that give it authority. There are very few that actually understand, and even fewer willing to actually follow that Constitution. If you REALLY cared about understanding that oath you swore, you’d sit down with someone like Paul Curtman and learn from him. He gets it! And our country would be in much better shape and in a better place if we had more like him.

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