Roseland Town Council Member David Snyder was arrested during tonight’s town meeting before the meeting progressed onto budget issues.
He’d just been asked to leave after a dispute with council President Charley Shields. Town Marshal Jack Tiller escorted him to the door. Then you could hear a noise, and as folks looked back, they saw Tiller wrestling with Snyder on the ground in the doorway.
Council Vice President Ted Penn said he had a clear view of what happened. He said Snyder elbowed Tiller, which led Tiller to tackle and handcuff him.
A Roseland officer took Snyder to Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center first. The back of his head was bloodied.
UPDATE: Check out exstensive video footage of the entire incident at WNDU. It does appear Tiller used excessive force in dealing with Snyder. The council's president, Charley Shields, comes off looking just as bad as Snyder in the way he conducted himself during the events leading up to Snyder's arrest.
Saturday, September 15, 2007
Roseland Council Wars
When it comes to wackiness, the Roseland town council in northern Indiana has just about every council in America beaten out. The town marshal was attempting to remove a council member from last night's council meeting when a scuffle ensued, leaving the town council member in a pair of handcuffs and a trip to the local medical center to treat a wound to his head. The South Bend Tribune writes: