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St. Patrick's Day Massacre: Two Arrested at St. Charles County Caucus

The Republican Caucus at Francis Howell North High School was shut down after about a half hour of dispute with no business conducted. Two men were arrested after the caucus was canceled.

Two men were arrested at the St. Charles County Caucus on Saturday at . 

and other law enforcement agencies, including St. Peters Park Rangers, St. Charles County Sheriff’s Department, St. Charles Police Department and Missouri State Highway Patrol, responded to a disturbance call at Francis Howell North High School involving more than 2,500 people.

The Republican Caucus was hosting an event at the school and hired two off-duty St. Peters Police Officers to work the event. At approximately 11 a.m., rules for the event were given to the crowd, which included no videotaping.

The crowd became upset with the rules and started to become verbally aggressive with event organizers and police officers at the scene. To deal with the unruly crowd, the officers at the caucus requested more officers to respond to the scene for crowd control.

Event organizers made the decision to shut down the event and asked for police assistance to clear the building to prevent further problems and restore order. 

Two people were arrested for trespassing after receiving numerous warnings to leave the school property. Both subjects were transported to St. Peters Justice Center where they were booked for trespassing and released on a summons.

The subjects were identified as:

Brent Stafford

  • 45-year-old white male
  • From: O'Fallon, MO

Kenneth Suitter

  • 55-year-old white male
  • From: St. Charles County

According to several news reports, both men were Ron Paul supporters.

Tiffany March 18, 2012 at 12:34 PM
I was there. There was no verbal agression; just people trying to be heard. All were following Robert's Rules of Order (look it up) and were being completely ignored by the person who was the "temporary chairperson". All were in their seats (except the party leads for ALL parties, except Santorum -- they were few and far between, who were standing on the floor). It was the most un-democratic, un-American thing I have ever witnessed and was the first time I was scared as an American citizen on American ground. Here's a video. At then the self-made tyrant says he is calling for a motion to adjourn the caucus. He then asks for a second and gets one hand (his cohort) seconding it. Then he asks for I's to approve it and the whole gym (2000 or so people) erupt in Nooo's!!! and he asks for people who oppose to say Nay and everyone again keeps reponding in No's or Nay's. Then, he so boldly and unbelievable says, "The I's have it", which means that there were a majority of "I's" answering. You be the judge: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RovPPePrwg0
Megan Wehrle March 18, 2012 at 03:09 PM
It was the most childish display of dirty politics I've ever witnessed. Those running the meeting weren't getting their way, so they shut it down and ruined it for everyone who wanted to participate. I was there, and there was no physical danger AT ALL...reports of it being shut down for safety are a joke. It was shut down to avoid giving the people who showed up a chance.
Sandy Pjanaze March 18, 2012 at 04:10 PM
An illegitimate election means the result is an illegitimate government!
Joe Scott March 18, 2012 at 09:00 PM
Thanks, Tiffany. It's interesting to get your perspective. I'm interested to hear why you think they banned the use of video. I know in a ballot election, you obviously can't record anyone casting their ballot. Do you think this was an attempt at protecting the privacy of people casting votes at the caucus, or was it something else?
Singapom March 19, 2012 at 09:40 AM
There is video footage of what happened: it is completely clear that this was a flagrant and blatant attempt at gerrymandering and rigging the vote; the local party leadership behaved in contravention of the rules, used the police to try and intimidate their opponents, and then abandoned the meeting when it became obvious they were overwhelmingly in the minority. The local GOP committee should be relieved of their positions by the State GOP, and a new caucus should be held immediately. The role of the police, and specifically the orders they were operating under, should also be independently investigated.
Tiger March 20, 2012 at 03:41 PM
When they ask for "Aye's", if you speak up, they count that as an aye. Same thing for if they ask for "Nay's;" if you boo, they count that as a nay. That's why what's-his-face was made chair, and probably why it was adjourned. Tip for next time: Don't speak up unless it's your time to, for Yay or Nay moments.
Alex E. Cahn March 26, 2012 at 02:07 AM
The Republican party has gotten used to being able to do pretty much whatever it wants, like insulting others (women, minorities, etc.) and ignoring international agreements such as those concerning the treatment of prisoners. They stand up to "protect" huge tax breaks for the very rich, while average people pick up the tab for the banking bailout that was signed into law by Bush. So, why would candidates expect fair treatment, other maybe fair treatment for the "Etch-A-Sketch" frontrunner and flip-flop king Mitt Romney? The GOP has also tried to portray itself as the part with high morals, but then many have been caught in sex scandals and quite a few prominent leaders are on their third or fourth wife, with a mistress or two on the side. What a crock!

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