2 women claim they were assaulted during township meeting


Emotions ran high at a local community meeting when the township clerk lost her cool and local police had to get involved.

It happened about two weeks ago, just minutes after a special township meeting concluded.

Two women claim they were assaulted. One of them recorded the incident.

The women reached out to TV5 because their calls to police and the prosecutor have gone unanswered.

Shelly Cook said she took cell phone video right after a meeting in Sanilac County's Greenleaf Township. She said the topic of the meeting was to discuss a settlement between the township and a Cass City truck dealer.

Cook said after the meeting things got heated and she was assaulted by the township clerk, Judy Keller.

"I just cannot believe something like this happened in such a small community. I wanted the public to be aware of what can happen at a public meeting," Cook said.

The incident didn't end there, according to witnesses. Kim Toner, a friend of Cook's, said she saw Keller's husband grab Cook by the arm.

"Then he grabbed Shelly, swung her around, lifted her off the floor. It was terrifying," Toner said.

Cook gave TV5 a photo of a bruise on her arm, which she said was a result of the incident.

Cook said she is seeking legal representation after filing an incident report with police, who were called to the scene that night.

The assault allegedly occurred at the Greenleaf Township Hall on Oct. 18

One of the victims said she spoke to the responding officer Wednesday night and he is still filing his report.

Meanwhile, witnesses and victims said they are traumatized by the event.

"We don't feel safe," Toner said.

They also said they have concerns about what they said is a delayed response from law enforcement.

"There's been nothing. I'm just concerned that they're ignoring it," Toner said.

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