Who's standing in the way of justice for Brownie? The pit bull was set on fire in 2013 and burned so badly he had to be euthanized. Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce initially charged a St. Louis woman named Adrienne Martin in the dog's death, but dismissed the case last month, saying a key witness was no longer cooperating.
Randy Grim, the founder of Stray Rescue, believes Joyce didn't have to drop the case. KMOX published a story on its website Monday quoting Grim saying that Joyce should expect a visit from him as he demands justice for the slain pooch.
Joyce didn't wait for Grim to come knocking. Instead, she took to Twitter last night -- and attempted to shame him into an apology.
The Twitter scrap soon turned into an argument with a member of the public. And that's when people stopped being polite -- and started getting real.
First Joyce accused Grim of blowing off a meeting with her to go on KMOX's Charlie Brennan Show -- a charge Grim quickly denied. Then Pamela R. Walker, the former director of the city's health department, jumped in to challenge the circuit attorney.
Joyce, not surprisingly, took the bait. Follow the tweets below:
@JenniferJoyceCA It requires a meeting? Blaming others because people won't risk their lives as witnesses is getting old.— Pamela Walker (@pamelarwalker) June 16, 2015
Joyce and Walker continued to snipe back and forth a bit. Then a guy we presume is simply a private citizen, Jason Wagner, jumped in and said pretty much exactly what we were thinking about the whole fracas.
Joyce, of course, gets the last word:
@threefourteen I love Twitter too.— Jennifer M. Joyce (@JenniferJoyceCA) June 17, 2015
Incidentally, this isn't the first time Joyce has ended up in a Twitter spat with a citizen. Previously, she took on a guy who criticized her office for dropping a different case, this one involving the Stingray police surveillance devices.
That argument ended up with this bon mot, right out of Airplane:
@JenniferJoyceCA Please, don't call me Shirley.— NateSwanson (@ntswanson) April 19, 2015
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Editor's note: This post was changed after publication to acknowledge Pamela Walker's former employment at City Hall.