'I started swinging, too': Woman describes brawl at DHS office

Jan 27, 2013 Full story: Customer Interaction Solutions 18

Two women who were involved in a brawl Tuesday afternoon at the Department of Human Services said they are the victims.

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ccc

East Saint Louis, IL

#1 Jan 27, 2013
give all the cops hollow points and take away the taser guns
no no

Collinsville, IL

#2 Jan 27, 2013
Shut the food stamp office down or drug test all of them when they walk in the door.
TtT

Columbia, IL

#3 Jan 27, 2013
The place would be a ghost town if you drug tested them
Kita

Kansas City, MO

#4 Jan 27, 2013
I jus think it's a dame shame they acted liked that in a place of business. it was not that serious 2fight ovr a #.they shoulda lockd them hoes up found out they name and sanctioned they as for @ least 6 months.
Kita

Kansas City, MO

#5 Jan 27, 2013
I think it was a dame shame them hoes fightn like that in a place of business, and around their children and others. what they shoulda did was found out them hoes name and sanctioned they asz for 6 months without any benefits. them hoes probably aint doing nun wit the money anyway but buying weave n weed.
Brian

Edwardsville, IL

#6 Jan 27, 2013
That place is not a place of business. It is rather just another handout mecca for the trash that lives below the bluffs
I agree

Belleville, IL

#7 Jan 28, 2013
You should see all of them getting their nails done and false eye lashes done at the nail place. Mainly false eye lashes glued on and they look ridiculous. That place is so dirty too.
BurnItDown

Sparta, IL

#8 Jan 28, 2013
The whole idea of the program was great in theory. Being in the Compton of the Midwest is just asking for my tax dollars to be handed out to trash that lives there in ESL tho. ANY civilized human who has HALF A BRAIN would not want to live in ESL. unless they are just like the trash that resides there.
my grandpa used to run a Sinclair gas station there years ago. thank god he had the foresight to know that all the nonsense going on there in the 40's and 50's would only get worse.
anyone know when they started the program? curious about the correlation between when ESL turned into what it is today compared to when the blacks took it over completely. its a dame shame
Brian

Edwardsville, IL

#9 Jan 28, 2013
Politicians like Touchette welcomed blacks from the deep south back in the 60s to come to the land of lincoln to get on the great welfare systemsand of course register and vote for the entrenched Democrats. Thats where a lot of it started in this area and you can thank all ofthem for it
ha ha

Fairview Heights, IL

#10 Jan 28, 2013
Brian wrote:
Politicians like Touchette welcomed blacks from the deep south back in the 60s to come to the land of lincoln to get on the great welfare systemsand of course register and vote for the entrenched Democrats. Thats where a lot of it started in this area and you can thank all ofthem for it
STFU pops girl you nasty bytch !!!
Plasts

Collinsville, IL

#11 Jan 29, 2013
Ain't nobody got time for that! LMAO
Sketch

Collinsville, IL

#12 Jan 29, 2013
If you had any sense you'd know ESTL was robbed blind by white politicians and gangstas long before any black pols were around. More whites are on welfare than blacks, and in more red states than blue. The plantation political style is true though. Still exists. But there are still good people there and those of you who are ignorant enough to not know that won't be posting much sense here ever. You'll just be babbling bigotry.
ccc

East Saint Louis, IL

#13 Jan 29, 2013
you smell that sketch i cant tell if thats your ass or the monkey house you live in long live bigotry

Ban them

Belleville, IL

#15 Jan 29, 2013
The DHS office is a pretty scary place to go. There is consistently people there with their brand new cars, nails done, hair done, etc. Obviously we shouldnt reward these women for having multiple baby daddys. And the women involved in this fight should be barred for life from DHS.
dreads

United States

#16 Feb 1, 2013
They not going to do nothing.. Y cause they care..
dreads

United States

#17 Feb 1, 2013
They not going to do nothing.. Y cause they dont care...
Jim

Collinsville, IL

#18 Feb 1, 2013
Jan 27, 2013 (Belleville News-Democrat - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX)-- EAST ST. LOUIS -- Two women who were involved in a brawl Tuesday afternoon at the Department of Human Services said they are the victims.

However, neither woman had a clear explanation as to why the brawl, captured on a cellphone video and posted to YouTube, occurred.

East St. Louis Police Chief Michael Floore said the women need to make a report at the police department.

"No one has come forward at this point," he said.

Floore said his department would do all it can to get to the bottom of the situation.

Antwanisha McNeese, 20, said she went to the DHS office at 225 Ninth St. to get recertified for some assistance, accompanied by her friend, Stephanie Mathis, and a third person.

McNeese said the two girls who started the fight came in after they arrived "and they started rolling their eyes." "They were calling their family telling them if they wanted to do something to us while we were in the public aid office," McNeese said. "I went to the back to see my case worker. When I came back they (Stephanie and the girls who allegedly started the fight) were already fighting.
Jim

Collinsville, IL

#19 Feb 1, 2013
"I started swinging, too, because I had already gotten into it with them before. I had already made a police report with the Cahokia Police Department." The other women could not be reached for comment.

Floore said his department received a call about the fight at 12:30 p.m. "When our officers arrived, the fight was over and all parties involved were gone," he said.

Security guards told police that three to four black females were involved in a fight and that one of them had a pair of scissors that were retrieved by the guards, according to Floore.

Exactly what prompted the women to engage in an all-out brawl is still not clear, Floore said. No one was injured.

Januari Smith, DHS communications manager, said the chief of security is conducting an in-depth review of security at the building.

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