- A dispute over a spot in line at a food stamp office downstate escalated into a full-fledged brawl.
The fight on Tuesday was captured on video and shows at least four women wrestling and punching each other.
At one point, the video shows two women grabbing each other while a third punches one of them on the back of the head. At another point, a woman walks across the office and punches another person in the face.
Security officers struggled to end the chaos. It took them several minutes to separate the group and restore order. Some of the people involved in the fight initially refused to leave.
- The incident happened at the Illinois Department of Human Services office in East St. Louis, reportedly only a few blocks from the police station there. …
“It`s just been cool, everybody standing in line, doing what they do, trying to get their stamps, trying to get, you know, whatever they`re trying to get. It`s never been like this in there,” Detria Graves told KTVI, the FOX affiliate in St. Louis.
Did you see or hear anything about weapons? Well, apparently somebody did:
- East St. Louis Mayor, Alvin Parks, called for metal detectors at the office at 9th and Missouri, KTVI reported.
Obviously, expectations are — at least in East St. Louis — that things are going to get much much worse.
Update: Apparently there is cause for alarm. Parks said “said it could have been worse; one of those involved apparently wanted to use a pair of scissors at the scene as a weapon; security guards prevented that.”
Question: How could metal detectors at the office could have prevented “one of those involved” from using a weapon (scissors) already inside the office?