St. Louis Alderman Cited for Urinating During Debate

St. Louis police have issue a citation to a city alderman who apparently urinated into a waste basket at City Hall during a debate.

The city counselor's office is weighing whether to charge Alderman Irene Smith with violating the city's ordinance against public urination.

The incident took place a week ago when Smith was filibustering against a redistricting plan she says is harmful to the city's blacks.

Smith was told she would lose control of the floor if she left to use the restroom. So 40 minutes later, supporters surrounded her with sheets and other items while she appeared to urinate into a trash can.

The incident was captured on camera and aired repeatedly on local newscasts.

One of her colleagues, Alderman Thomas Bauer, filed a police complaint against Smith for her action. Bauer said he wants an investigation into whether Smith violated a city ordinance that prohibits public urination.

Violations carry a fine of up to $500 and up to 90 days in jail.

"The conduct was outrageous [and] disrespectful of the Board of Aldermen and the people of the city of St. Louis," Bauer told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Smith said Friday night that "Bauer has a right to do what he wants to" but should be aware of the ramifications of filing "false affidavits."

"What I did behind that tablecloth is my business," Smith said.