St. Louis, MO – A St. Louis Democratic activist called a video of woman twerking in front of a city police car before a mob jumped up on the car and tried to stomp through the windshield “inspiring” and added “it’s much better than Footloose!”
Josie Grillas, who represents the 8th Ward for the Saint Louis City Democratic Central Committee, posted her comments in a May 23 tweet. Grillas’ Facebook page identifies herself as an “8th Ward Democratic Committeewoman”.
A mob of people jumped on the police car and damaged it in the video that went viral on social media.
According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, one of the people in the mob opened the passenger-side door.
The police officer was trapped in the vehicle as the mob danced on the hood and roof and the officer called for help.
When the multiple police vehicles arrived, the crowd dispersed.
“Although, I am concerned to see officers driving so recklessly around pedestrians,” Grillas added in her tweet.
The commotion started at 2:30 a.m. on Sunday, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. The patrol car was responding to 13 calls about a large party on the top floor of a condo building, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
“It was just a party that went too far at the end,” said Dwight Taper, who the St. Louis Post-Dispatch identified as one of the people who took video of the incident. “Everybody was just dancing around the car at first, but then some people got on top.”
The police officer was not hurt but there was substantial damage to the car, according to police.
There were no arrests made.
St. Louis Mayor Tishaura Jones said members of the mob caught on video will “have to face the consequences,” according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
“While I’m thankful our officers responded quickly and dispersed the crowd without conflict or injury, I’m disappointed in those people who will now have to face consequences for their behavior,” Jones said, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “Let me be clear: You can go out and have a good time without all this nonsense. If we are committed to building a stronger city, we need to show some courtesy and respect.”
Washington Avenue last night. 3 cars utilized. pic.twitter.com/TEe3ZzAaho
— Jane Dueker (@JaneDueker) May 23, 2021
This is more inspiring than anything I've seen lately. Much better than Footloose!
Although, I am concerned to see officers driving so recklessly around pedestrians. https://t.co/bLU0B48t0F
— Josie Grillas, 8th Ward Committeewoman (@JosieGrillasSTL) May 23, 2021