Prosecutor Claims Cop Intimidated Her On Stop, Then Video Shows The Truth

Holly Matkin

St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner's claims conflict with video evidence of the stop.

St. Louis, MO – St. Louis Circuity Attorney Kim Gardner has insisted that police attempted to intimidate her by holding her up for over 15 minutes when they pulled her over in December, but security footage showed that the entire stop lasted just six minutes.

An investigator from Gardner’s office also “involved himself” in the stop to the point that “he could have been arrested for interfering but was not,” the St. Louis Police Department (SLPD) told KMOV in a statement.

St. Louis Police stopped Gardner for driving without her headlights activated on Market Street on the night of Dec. 23, 2019.

Despite video evidence to the contrary, the circuit attorney has insisted that the traffic stop occurred on Dec. 24, which was Christmas Eve.

“I was stopped for no lights, but held for over 15 minutes but I still don’t know the reason why,” she alleged during an interview with CBS News on Jan. 14. “But it’s okay. But those are intimidation tactics that are used to stop reform.”

Gardner, who is suing the city and the police union for allegedly trying to oust her from office as part of a racist conspiracy, even reiterated her claim about the length of the traffic stop during a subsequent radio interview, KMOV reported.

But security footage of the traffic stop proved that Gardner was held up for just over six minutes.

“She’s not talking about it publicly,” St. Louis Police Officers Association (SLPOA) President Jeff Roorda said. “She’s lying about it publicly.”

According to Roorda, the officer initially had no idea that the driver he pulled over was the circuit attorney, KMOV reported.

During the brief stop, an investigator who works for Gardner showed up at the scene and interjected himself into the situation, the union leader said.

“One of her investigators interfered with the traffic stop, tried to intimidate the officer,” Roorda told KMOV. “I would have arrested him. You can’t just show up and interfere with traffic stop.”

Gardner refused to sit down for an interview with KMOV, but sent the news outlet several statements instead.

In the initial statement, Gardner’s office said that the traffic stop occurred on Dec. 23, 2019, which matched police and video records, but conflicted with the claims she made during her CBS interview.

Her office then issued an amended statement, claiming that the date of the stop was on Dec. 24.

“Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner disputes the facts shared by the police and police union in regards to being pulled over on December 24,” the circuit attorney’s office said. “According to the police it was a 15 minute stop. In addition, the officer’s statement is different than the one shared by Jeff Roorda.”

But the SLPD confirmed what transpired with regards to the investigator from Gardner’s office, and noted that the actual length of the stop was clearly captured in the video.

“We never stated she was detained for 15 minutes,” the department told KMOV. “The video provided clearly indicates the length of time spent by the officer.”

“An investigator from the Circuit Attorney's Office did involve himself into the traffic investigation for which he could have been arrested for interfering but was not arrested,” the department noted.

Gardner was let off with a warning for the headlight violation.

“The events of the night in question are worthy of serious attention,” the statement from Gardner’s office read. “We will note that Mr. Roorda’s dismissive attitude and willingness to publicly comment on such a matter without taking the time to gather credible information regarding the events is unfortunate. This serves as yet another example of the biased rhetoric that made legal action necessary against the SLPOA police union."

Gardner, the first black St. Louis circuit attorney, filed her lawsuit against the city and the police union on Jan. 13, CBS News reported.

She alleged that the city and police have tried to “intimidate, silence, and sideline” her to prevent her criminal justice reform efforts and to force her out of office, according to CBS News.

In her lawsuit, Gardner also alleged that the police union has "gone out of its way to support white officers accused of perpetrating acts of violence…against African-American citizens."

The city has denied being part of the alleged racist conspiracy to overthrow the circuit attorney, and said it “fully expects to be vindicated” in court.

The SLPOA said that Gardner’s lawsuit is nothing more than “the last act of a desperate woman.”

“This woman needs to go,” Roorda said in a radio interview, according to CBS News. “She’s a menace to society.”

Gardner said she believes Roorda’s comment was a threat.

“Roorda’s able to speak unchecked, without any repercussions,” she said. “And that’s not ok.”

Gardner told CBS News that she has no plans of resigning her position.

"I stand on the shoulders of the people who paved the way for me," she said. "What if the other civil rights leaders decided it's too hard? Where would we be now? It's about standing up for what's right."

Comments (94)
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flybynight
flybynight

#rolltape

Last paragraph should read......If not for affirmative action I wouldn't have this cushy six figure job that I'm not even close to being qualified for. The upside of socialism.

Dutchuncle
Dutchuncle

I had a city official do the same thing. His Co-worker attempted to "Intimidate ME" telling ME who I was stopping. I called my Sgt, who called the Lt. who called the Cpt and the stop ended up lasting almost an hour..when I WAS going to give him a WARNING TICKET. Play stupid games, Win stupid Prizes. ;)

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

#rolltape.... oh wait, the PD did just that, and it showed how the prosecutor is lying. Why was she pulled over? well, she was driving with no headlights on. So why is she still unsure as to why she was pulled over?

Maybe a complaint should be made with the MO bar association, as this attorney clearly has an issue with telling the truth

LEO0301
LEO0301

Release the video and try to get the MSM to actually show it. She needs to be removed from office without delay.

BunnyBerigan
BunnyBerigan

If only she could stand to look into a mirror...she'd see the ONLY person that has ever oppressed her.

JBoH
JBoH

Never let truth stand in the way of an agenda.

The express
The express

I see we have another lying poor me BPOS pulling out her race card. When are we going to hold people accountable for frivolous lawsuits. Especially people we pay.

gfc1963
gfc1963

She said she was stopped for 15 mins for no headlights, and then in the next sentence says she still has no idea why she was pulled over??!!!! She is only there becuase of affirmative action nothing more. And we wonder why black criminals lie through their teeth!!

whatalways3parts1
whatalways3parts1

Her words,
"It's about standing up for what's right."

Well, she didn't, She Lied and got Caught !!!

SHAME on HER !!! Hold her accountable !!!

flybynight
flybynight

Looks like at least one of our trolls would have leaped to her defense by now. Must still be in bed?

HolyHand
HolyHand

Another lying dirty liberal kunt. Nothing to see here

LaneysSis
LaneysSis

Oh Yeah, she needs to go alright. She should have never been voted in.

Bonneville Kid
Bonneville Kid

How could any judge trust anything she does or says in the future, she is now a proven liar! Another person elected or appointed to uphold the law as a prosecutor that shouldnt be in office. It is a wave across our country.

RetiredCorrections
RetiredCorrections

Not only a veritable liar , but a prosecutor , how could they in good faith, trust her in anything that might be anti Police? Clearly Bias and prejudice

Excalibr4
Excalibr4

There must not be a body cam video. Black city officials are notorious for messing with cops and going public, until the body cam footage comes out showing them them to be complete liars.

militans Deo
militans Deo

Since this idiot is a "prosecutor" and has now made a verifiable lie in her complaint, shouldn't Brady apply to her?

Justiceforallalways
Justiceforallalways

Sounds like Brady material for the prosecutor?

JaLa
JaLa

I’m so sick of people getting away with this kind of crap talk. She should be sued for defamation. The policeman could have arrested them both and made their lives very difficult but he can’t because if he farts above a whisper he loses his job and gets sued. Smh 🤦🏻‍♀️

Minnesota Chick
Minnesota Chick

This low life woman was one of the many far Left circuit attorneys and district attorneys elected with George Soros completely funding their entire elections. Most are absolute known racists who spout their Civil Rights and Black Lives Bull! If you think this one is bad, check out the new elected DA in San Fran! He was raised by Terrorist Bill Ayers and his terrorist wife because his terrorist biological parents were both members of Ayers terrorist group The Weathermen, and they went to prison for life for bombings during the late 60s/early 70s! The Ayers took in their son like all good terrorist buddies would do!

DebraDT
DebraDT

Her campaign was probably funded by a soooros group. He is spending millions getting these soft on crime liberal activist elected.

Pacho
Pacho

Use the race card again..when the law will be stop this shit ?

ikaika
ikaika

Looking at the minions surrounding her, one has to wonder how many Caucasians she has on her staff. In her zealous racism, has she run them off or fired them all?

Akansan
Akansan

Stupidity seems to be in their genes even when they have a college education and high paying job.

RunningFromNY
RunningFromNY

Never forget . . . her complexion is her protection.

Karma59
Karma59

Clearly, she has not figured out that the police have videos, everything is documented in the computers, etc. How dumb is this woman? She is supposed to be working with the police and she has no idea what they do or how they do it. Can't she at least watch "Cops" or "Live PD"?

vwiles34
vwiles34

Sounds like everyone she prosecuted should appeal on the grounds that she's a proven liar.

bryantrent
bryantrent

Crazy

Wish505
Wish505

Just another TND. Oh low I have broken a law and should not be held accountable because of my race regardless of whether or not she is the biggest racist of all which her actions indicate.

Stanracer
Stanracer

But...but...laws don't apply to black people, don't chu know!

NomonK
NomonK

Why is it every time a Black gets crossed with the law somehow its always RACIST.
Democrat Liberals use the Race Card in every game they get caught cheating in.
She accused the police union wants to get rid of her. I would venture to say EVERYONE regardless of color that loves and support LAW & ORDER want her gone.

BlueProtects
BlueProtects

This kind of things happen way to frequently. Those power hungry individuals think that there position should exempt them from any crimes should immediately be demoted. Those that get caught with stirring up hatred should be required to make a public apology on all media outlets they made there initial statements. What ever they were suing for they should be required to pay the entity double.

jakesj40
jakesj40

Unbelievable, a Black racist denying the video evidence.

Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

Videos are here...

It appears to show her also to cross a solid white line, and also turn without using her turn signal.

To claim that it was a racist stop is simply ridiculous. Driving at night without headlights is a fantastic reason for an officer to make a stop. Personally, I would be thankful. I've done it at least once before when driving in a well-lit area, which I do not do very often.

I bet the bodycam video, if any, is interesting.

61mouse
61mouse

Again it's the OREOS making the most noise

Mrs10
Mrs10

A prosecutor cannot and should not be a self-proclaimed "civil rights leader" as it violates any attempt to remain unbiased.

What she does in her own time, fine. But just like the cops she is maligning, while she's on taxpayer time it is grossly inappropriate to use her position to further any of her political agendas.

BLUEALWAYS
BLUEALWAYS

Typical SHIT HEAD MOVE!!!!! GRRRRRRRRRRR.

pr9383
pr9383

"Conflict with Video" ? Is that Newspeak "Crat for LYING out your A** on camera?

Njaz
Njaz

She says...."I was stopped for no lights, but held for over 15 minutes but I still don’t know the reason why,” she alleged during an interview with CBS News on Jan. 14. “But it’s okay. But those are intimidation tactics that are used to stop reform.”

One word comes to mind,
Paranoia.
Glad the truth came out, sad that there are still some who won't believe it.

E7MR
E7MR

There seems to be a common thread in most of these stories, but I can't quite put my finger on it...

kenpark
kenpark

Yep, she DIN DOO NUFFIN. Where have I heard that before?

MamaD79
MamaD79

Yet another reason to pull the "getting old" race card, and to blame the Police! 🤦 "Sigh and Smdh"

TxFlgirl
TxFlgirl

“Roorda’s able to speak unchecked, without any repercussions,” she said. “And that’s not ok”
Yet she’s lying about it all, she needs to be forced to eat her own words. Fire her!

TarnishedCopper
TarnishedCopper

She is clearly wrong and is a liar. Even if she had been professional in her approach she still would have been detained for a few minutes while the officer checked out her license and registration. She is trying to move a racial mountain that she created out of a molehill. If she truly was a good prosecutor, she would know that many drunk-driving stops begin with drivers with no headlights at night. She should be recalled or impeached whatever the process is there. The bar association should discipline her for her behavior and the cops should conduct a vote of no confidence in her.

Bobholly79
Bobholly79

Gee another lying anti police prosecutor
Another Soros funded piece of shit?

Well she lied here
where else is she fabricating??

Time to resign for the good of the country

Wasiechu1
Wasiechu1

When the body cams and dashboard cameras started, the argument was that corrupt police officers would be exposed. It’s astonishing hove many of these video vindicate the police and expose the lies of the person complaining.

Brasov04cluj
Brasov04cluj

DUMB B###h hoping to win big $$$ playing the RACE card....and draws the JOKER 🤣🤣🤣🤣 STUPID B###h 🤣🤣

NewHavenWilliam
NewHavenWilliam

Wow! I'm surprised by all the excellent comments on this one!

Globlue
Globlue

We'll, she's a Democrat, so..............

Janken
Janken

They love to lie

Grampsdeal
Grampsdeal

Just another idiot thinking they need a handout...