Lewis Reed: Police Called to Fundraising Event After Dispute Escalates [UPDATE]

At least one of the men who met Masri at the door was Ali, the St. Louis Teachers Union representative. Masri claims he was invited by Ali's brother, the homeowner, but that as he approached he was told to "get his motherfucking ass out of here," pushed back and slapped, knocking off his glasses. He claims that he saw Ali reaching for his waistband, but that he never actually saw a weapon.

"This was really alarming. I'm really insulted," says Masri.

Ali says none of that is true and that Masri was never touched. Asked if he was reaching for a gun, Ali scoffs, "That's ridiculous."

"He wasn't invited. He tried to come in and he was told he couldn't come in," says Ali. "He came with the intent to have a disruption. That's the way it seems to me."

In a third characterization of the incident, Reed campaign manager Glenn Burleigh says Masri was "taken by the arms" and escorted away. From what Daily RFT has gathered, there were only three eyewitnesses -- Ali, Masri and the man who owns the home. The homeowner has not returned a call for comment.

"Last time I checked, homeowners are allowed to decide who's in their house," says Burleigh.

What's not in dispute is that Masri called 911. Ellisville police responded to what a spokesperson characterized as a "quiet" scene. Daily RFT is still waiting on the dispatch report, but since no one was arrested, there may be little to clear up the he-said-she-said situation. Officers concluded that the complaint was "unfounded."

Nasheed's tweets characterize Ali as a Reed campaign worker, but that's not true, according to Burleigh. Ali is a Reed supporter. Reed stopped by the event after the incident but says he didn't witness any of the trouble.

"This is just a huge distraction," he says. "It's just obscene."

Masri says he may consider further action, though it's not clear what form that would take.

While what really happened is still unclear it seems worth noting that no guns were pulled nor was anyone seriously injured. We'll follow up if any evidence comes out to clear up who did what.

Update: As predicted, the Ellisville police report is scant on details but does confirm that Masri "didn't actually see a gun, but knows [Ali] carries a gun" and that it was "unknown" if Ali had one on him. A far cry from "a campaign worker pull[ing] out a gun on a community member" as Jamilah Nasheed originally tweeted.

Masri also apparently refused EMS service.

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It's a shame that Mr Lewis Reed pickes a thug from the Teaches Union to have a fundrasing for him in Ellisvile & not in the city and that is rediculous by itself.

i have been Knowing Mr Zudi since childhood,  he helped my family and many others for so many years, he even hired many in his construction projects, he is a great man to be  proud of.

Attacking and insulting him was a severe mistake to be added to history of Mr Reed.

Political bullying was practiced well.

I bet the thugs threatened the owner not to tell this news outlet the truth.



what about Zudhi selling alcohol within 25 feet of a middle school?  Slay helped him keep his license although it is against city zoning laws


That’s foul this was a staged attack, Zudhi how low can you go, first you’re not a city voter, second you support Slay why would you even go to this function other than to stage an distraction as you did God will punish you for that, I thought you were a better man that that

Zudhi did the Senator put you up to this are was it Slay?


Thats foul this was a staged attack, Zudhi how low can you go, first your not a city voter, second you support Slay why would you even go to this funtion other than to stage an distraction as you did God will punish you for that, I thought you were a better man that that.


The gangsta tactics of the Reed campaign are finally beginning to surface. A thug union member stirring up shit and threatening someone. Reed is desparate. He can't win. The Democratic establishment - Gov Nixon and Congressman Clay -  are supporting Slay. All Reed can do is stir up shit and stoop to new lows. Anything to get elected. He's lost all respect. Fuck him!


Typical over the top campaign tactic from Slay camp. Send your guy to a private event and then when he's asked to leave you blow it up to be a big deal. My lord, police say event was "quiet" and Nasheed is running around saying a guy was beat up and gun was drawn! Outlandish.


@rcumm. This is flat out lie,  Store been there way before even reed & slay been in Politics,
Before school was built also, so cut the BS , also store owner is a well know & respected in the community. and by the way , school is 175 feet away from store & store does not sell Liquor.


@prince.carter63 , unfortunately, you are attacking a man of integrity & a man who has helped black families more than you & many other black politicians, i have faith in zudi more than anybody around here, get the facts straight . Mr zudi will not allow anybody to play him like that, fact is that Lewis Reed picked some thugs to do his fundraising in Ellisvile, why didn't he have here in the city?

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