The son of an outgoing state representative, who was attacked by two people in Columbia early last month, has returned to work. His father thinks the case raises an issue for his former colleagues.
Representative Jeff Grisamore (R-Lee’s Summit) says his son Joel was brutally attacked by two men who fled when one of Joel’s co-workers showed up. Joel, a 23-year-old senior at MU, has two jobs, is a Sergeant in the Missouri National Guard, is an ROTC cadet, and a member of the crew that shoots off Mizzouka at Tiger Football games.
The co-worker and Joel were able to give descriptions of the two men but Columbia Police have not reported arrests in the case. The attack happened at the Campus Bar and Grill, which Jeff Grisamore said appears to have cameras.
“Unfortunately what we found out is that particularly establishment, like a lot of bars and grills, have what appears to be cameras up but they’re either not real cameras or they’re not actually recording, and so there wasn’t any video service to document the attack,” Grisamore told Missourinet.
Grisamore said that raises an issue he would like the legislature to look into.
“With my legislative hat on, through the grid of that kind of filter and thinking, it does make me question why these type of establishments have what may look like cameras but are fake cameras or they may have cameras up that are not recording and the question would be, ‘Why?'”
He plans to ask the next chairmen of the House committees on crime prevention and public safety to think about whether such establishments should be required to have cameras on.
“Just tell them the scenario that occurred to my son and that I don’t want to see this happen to any other folks,” said Grisamore. “This is a question and issue that they may want to consider.”