St. Charles, MO (KSDK) -- The Republican caucus in St. Charles County came to an abrupt end on Saturday afternoon when police were called in to restore order.
More than 2,500 people were attending the caucus at Francis Howell North High School in St. Peters.
Police say the problem started when a man with a video camera was asked to leave. When he refused, the organizer adjourned the caucus. When several caucusers became upset because they were not allowed to vote, organizers called police for crowd control.
The St. Charles County Republican Central Committee released a statement on Monday, in which they addressed a few issues from the caucus.
"Regarding the prohibition of recording devices at the caucus: This was a house rule adopted by the county party to insure that official business of the caucus could not be disseminated to members of other political parties and, to ensure that the voting preferences of individual caucus goers stayed within the confines of the venue. Privacy is a basic tenet of our electoral system and the Committee's well meaning intention was to preserve that fundamental right only. However house rules were to only remain in effect until a permanent chair was elected."
St. Charles County GOP chairman Eugene Dokes issued the followed statement in regards to the selection of the caucus chair:
"It was not our intention to disenfranchise anyone from exercising their free speech rights," said Chairman Dokes. "I deeply apologize for any confusion during the process. We worked hard to follow Robert's Rules of Order. We put together house rules, and conducted a voice vote. Adding to the confusion was the fact that many people were handed copies of rules before the caucus that were not approved by the rules committee. Many became aggressive and belligerent when asked to follow house rules. At one point, a woman's hat was ripped off her head and thrown on the floor and at least 5 people rushed the podium. We would have continued the meeting after the selection of the chair but the police asked us to shut it down."
"I am working with the state party and with all the campaigns to find a solution to make sure that St. Charles County is represented at the congressional, state, and national conventions. It is my highest priority to make sure that we will not lose any delegates," says Dokes.