A chaotic video showing Missouri police trying to control a melee that broke out in a gas station early Sunday morning shows one cop shoving a woman from behind after she had placed her hands in the air under orders from another officer.
Questions from local media about that incident prompted the Columbia Police Department to release their own body cam footage of the shoving incident along with a press release explaining they had to shove her in the name of safety.
Specifically, they accuse the woman of trying to block officers from arresting a man who had just fired a gun at another man.
But their own video shows the woman was telling the man to get down on the ground, even using one of her hands to guide him down.
Both videos, the one from a citizen, the other from the body cam, are posted below to allow you to judge for yourself.
However, Columbia police only released a minute-long portion showing the shoving incident, but not of the shooting that had taken place seconds earlier.
Police say one man, Spencer Ervin, fired his gun at another man moments before the shoving incident. They also say the shooting victim disappeared from the scene, so they are not even sure how seriously he was shot, if he was, indeed, shot.
Here is how Columbia police explained it on their Facebook page:
Yesterday evening, the Columbia Police Department issued a press release regarding a large disturbance that occurred early Sunday (3/19/17) morning at 1704 N. Providence Road, I-70 Eagle Stop. Four people were arrested following the incident, with the potential for more arrests pending.
It has come to our attention that a bystander from the incident has released cell phone video to local media outlet(s) portraying a woman being pushed by a Columbia Police officer during the incident. Additionally