St. Jo Police Problem

A St. Jo police officer is under some serious heat. Residents said he used excessive force and has a history of it.

Newschannel 6 spoke with residents in St. Jo Thursday, and also had an interview set with the mayor, but when we showed up to City Hall the mayor said his lawyers advised that he not speak on camera.

It's been the talk of the town for the last few weeks.

Jydee Clark, commented, "I don't think any law enforcement should throw a lady on the ground and get on top of her and hold her down, rough her up. I don't think that was called for at all."

Natalie Nunneley who spoke to us off camera said she and her husband were treated unfairly by police. She said St. Jo police officer Gary Amburn, violently and aggressively approached her and her husband in two separate altercations,  while he was off duty.  
Natalie caught it all on camera.

Nunneley said the first incident happened back on October 7th. Officer Gary Amburn used excessive force throwing her down on the ground. She said she kept yelling she was pregnant then Amburn arrested them both.   
Watching the video did not make residents happy.

Clark said, "It's telling our young kids that it's alright to hit on a woman, or a pregnant woman and throw her on the ground. You think you can arrest them and put cuffs on them and throw them around. I don't think that's good at all."

Nunneley said a few weeks later her husband was at a gas station in town and was confronted by officer Amburn again.  

St. Jo Mayor Dustin Anderson told Newschannel 6 that he could not speak on camera due to an internal investigation. He did confirm that officer Amburn was fired on Wednesday night at a city council meeting.  

Newschannel 6 also reached out to the chief of police, but was told by city officials that he is out of town all week at an education seminar.

After the cities actions, residents still want more to be done.

Clark said, "The process of hiring, look back better at why they aren't at their old job, or not just hire the first cop that comes here and offer a job, cause we've had some pretty bad ones."

Natalie Nunneley said the tickets her and her husband were given have been dropped but the charges for the arrests, have not.

The Nunneley's are waiting to meet with the DA's office. We reached out to the city and police to confirm this information, and they could not comment.