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Turmoil reigns in Wellston city council meeting over police department being disbanded

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WELLSTON, MO (KPLR) - A heated crowd Wednesday in Wellston as the city council is meeting for the first time since the police department got dissolved earlier this week.

It was a very tense situation inside of this building as the meeting got underway; one of the council members was kicked out.

Over 100 people showed up to tonight’s city council meeting. It`s the first since Tuesday’s dismantling of the city`s police department.  The meeting was packed with people who demanded answers as to why the police department was dissolved without public input. And others who thought it was a good idea.  On Tuesday Wellston became part of the North County Policing Cooperative. Council members who voted no are calling the change a hostile takeover.

The North County Policing Cooperative includes Wellston, Vinita Park and Vinita Terrace. New officers were also on hand to speak with the community. Council members have also turned in sunshine law request to get more details about the contract regarding the new coop. They also discussed a unity event set for this Saturday.

The contract with the coop is for one year, with an out after 9 months.