Dorothy Snyder, Cuffed, and Taken Downtown

By: Marcie J. Kobriger Email
By: Marcie J. Kobriger Email

Chaos continues in the small town of Roseland. Dorothy Snyder was cuffed and taken to jail, after a town council meeting Wednesday night.

Discussion at Wednesday’s town council meeting centered on Cheryl Gridley, the town’s clerk who many say has been MIA for the past couple of months.

Besides some jeers from the crowd, the meeting itself was uneventful. However, after the meeting adjourned, the Deputy Clerk, Dorothy Snyder started filming one of the council members.

Council Member, Ted Penn asked police to take Snyder out of the building for filming him on her digital camcorder.

Penn says the council passed an ordinance, banning recording after meetings, without permission.

According to Penn, “No one can be taped outside of the meeting with out their permission, once the meeting [is] over. She can tape all she wants during the meeting.”

However, Dorothy kept her camera rolling after the meeting, pointing it in Ted Penn’s direction. He told her to stop filming him. She said it was her constitutional right. That’s when the police got involved, and asked her to leave.

Penn tells us, “She resisted it so he put the handcuffs on her and probably arrested her for resisting arrest.”

Penn says Dorothy was aware of the ordinance, but continued to record anyway.

Dorothy's husband and Councilman David Snyder, says the ordinance banning cameras has no bearing, and was passed illegally, at a closed door session. “You can not stop people from recording inside a building, but they think they can do it,” he said. “The rule of law in this town is gone.”

He says his wife’s arrest is a sign of continuing chaos in the little town of Roseland.

Before Dorothy Snyder was taken to jail, she was taken to a local hospital. She claims she was roughed up during the arrest, and was complaining of pain from bruises and a banged up knee. She was released from the St. Joseph County Jail just before 11:30.


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