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UNIVERSITY CITY, MO (KTVI) – A University City councilman is under investigation for reportedly shoving a citizen during a public meeting.

University City resident Bart Stewart is the leader of a group called U-City United.

The group has been trying to recall the mayor and one city council member since 2014.

Stewart said every city council meeting he puts down papers with information about the group`s stance on a table

He did the same thing at the meeting on Tuesday.

Stewart said during the meeting he noticed the mayor move his papers off the table. He told her this was a public venue and there was no reason he couldn’t have his papers there.

According to Stewart and others who were at the meeting while Stewart was arguing with the mayor, Councilman Michael Glickert got up from his seat in the audience, walked over to Steward and shoved him.

Police officers quickly stepped in and both men were escorted outside.

A short time later Councilman Glickert was allowed to came back into the meeting.

"When the police were outside I was asking them why are you not letting me back in when you let the councilman back in and I was informed that according to the city manager I was not allowed back in," said Stewart.

This didn't sit well with a lot of people who saw the altercation take place.

"It bothered me that the councilman acted that way first of all, but it definitely bothered me that the councilman was back inside and Bart was outside if anything I think both should have been outside or both should have been in but for Bart to be outside when he was the one attacked kind of sends the wrong message," said University City resident Brian Burkett.

Burkett said there has been a lot of tension at U-City council meetings and he hopes that this is rock bottom.

"In a minimum I would hope that Councilman Glickert resigns, but in a bigger picture I hope everyone says this isn`t the way we act," said Burkett.

Police said Stewart's complaint is under investigation.

The mayor said she is also filing a complaint with police in this incident.

The city manager was not able to comment on why he let Glickert back into the meeting and not Stewart.