A $500 donation by Antioch City Councilwoman Tamisha Torres-Walker to District Attorney Diana Becton is now in question as the timing of that donation is suspicious in nature.
Some are claiming the donation was quid pro quo to the District Attorneys Office in order to reduce charges on the son of Antioch City Councilwoman Torres-Walker.
Currently, a case is pending involving Torres-Walker’s son where on Dec. 29, 2020, Antioch Police attempted to stop multiple people on dirt bikes and quads who were recklessly driving on city streets within the city of Antioch. Ultimately, one of the drivers was pulled over in the 1900 block of A Street, that turned out to be Walkers son.
The younger son, a juvenile, was released into Walkers custody while her older son returned to the scene and was identified as one of the drivers of the off-road vehicle.
After an investigation, the Antioch Police Department filed felony charges.
According to Diana Becton for District Attorney 2022 California Form 460, Walker made the $500 donation on March 23, 2021.
On that same day, Simon O’Connell, Senior Deputy District Attorney, filed the complaint for Walker’s son on the incident where Yomani Mapp was to be given misdemeanor charges.
According to sources close to the case, the case involving Mapp warranted felonious conduct and should have been filed as a felony.
Another source confirmed the case came over as a felony file from the Antioch Police Department to the District Attorney’s Office and anyone who reviewed it would have filed it as a felony in most circumstances. A drafted felony complaint was even created, but was ultimately pulled by a higher ranking official within the District Attorneys Office where the case was changed from a felony to misdemeanor with no explanation provided.
Here is a copy of what was filed by the District Attorney’s Office:
The undersigned states, on information and belief, that Yomani Mapp, Defendant, did commit a Misdemeanor, a violation of VC2800.1(a), Evading Officer, committed as follows:
On or about December 29, 2020, in the City of Antioch, County of Contra Costa, State of California, the crime of Evading Officer in violation of VC2800.1(a), a Misdemeanor, was committed in that YOMANI MAPP did willfully and unlawfully, while operating a motor vehicle and with the intent to evade, flee and otherwise attempt to elude a pursuing peace officer’s motor vehicle while all of the following conditions existed: the peace officer’s motor vehicle exhibited at least one lighted red lamp visible from the front and the defendant, YOMANI MAPP either saw or reasonably should have seen the lamp, the peace officer’s motor vehicle was sounding its siren as was reasonably necessary, the peace officer’s motor vehicle was distinctively marked, the peace officer’s motor vehicle was operated by a peace officer.
Complainant requests that the Defendant[s] be dealt with according to the law.
Dated: March 23, 2021, at Martinez, California
Senior Deputy District Attorney
According to Scott Alonso, spokesperson for the District Attorneys Office, he provided a timeline of the prosecution. He also claims there was never a “draft felony complaint” against Mr. Mapp.
- Antioch Police submitted for filing review a felony charge against Mr. Mapp for an alleged violation of VC 2800.4. This request came to the District Attorneys Office on January 7.
- The District Attorneys Office made the decision to file a case against Mr. Mapp on March 11. The case was formally filed on March 24. The misdemeanor complaint is an alleged violation of VC 2800.1(a) evading officer.
- The complaint shows a date of March 23, but the case was recorded by the court on March 24.
“Given the totality of the circumstances, including the length and duration of the incident, our Office believed a misdemeanor charge was appropriate in this case. Since this remains an active criminal case we have no further comment about the filing of this case,” said Alonso.
The incident involving her children promoted Torres-Walker to go on social media where she held a profanity-laced Facebook Live video for 9-minutss where she verbally attacked the Antioch Police Department while calling out officers by name and repeatedly stating “Do you know who I am”. The video was since removed.
The Antioch Police Department has issued an investigation into the incident between Walker and Officers and those results have yet to be released.
On March 3, the Antioch Police officers Association, through their attorney, issued a Statement on the investigation and the actions of Torres-Walker.
Walker did donate $500 back on 12/8 2017 to Diana Becton, but it appears no other donations have been made prior to this recent March 23, 2021 donation. Meanwhile, on September 28, 2020, District Attorney Becton donated $200 to the Tamisha Walker for Antioch City Council District 1 campaign.
4:50 pm UPDATE
Tamisha Torres-Walker issued the following response when asked about the donation:
“As an actively engaged community member and voting resident of Contra Costa County. I have supported and contributed to many campaigns of candidates who I support NOT only with the honor of my VOTE but by helping them with their candidacy to get elected. As many voting residents do whether, they are elected officials or not.
It’s truly a shame that the East County Today editor continues to create false narratives on women of color in this County. While attempting to weave inaccurate conclusions and connections on non-relating topics to sensationalize my personal family matters that are being dealt with as resident in the Justice System outside my elected capacity or campaign donations.
However, I do feel what’s more newsworthy is reporting on how white privilege of men in Contra Costa County working together in various levels to excuse, ignore real unethical and criminal behave such as current felon elections chief who got to keep pension, while serving sentence in Hawaii.” said Torres-Walker.
Something is really rotten on the Antioch City Council.
Rotten indeed, Arne! But certainly anticipated! This might be the “blessing in disguise” (or not-so-in-disguise) which will finally topple that trio (Thorpe, Wilson, Walker)— who should not have been there in the first place — and we get some decent, dedicated people into the city government who really care about our formerly-wonderful city.
What’s rotten is in the Contra Costa County DA’s office…Diana Becton a former property judge made the criminal prosecution DA?! She is in so many pockets do not re-elect Becton.
I don’t understand why Walker-Torres and Thorpe haven’t removed from office, already. She is a felonious arsonist who was illegally elected and Thorpe isn’t doing his job. Becton is just as bad and obviously involved with all the BS going on and taking sinister campaign donations. Why isn’t there a comprehensive, multi-agency investigation happening? Antioch has really gone off the rails since these three were elected. How did they get elected in the first place – by lying and hiding information thereby NOT being transparent and by PEOPLE NOT VOTING! And, what Torres-Walker did to OUR Men and Women in Blue is disgraceful.
Misdemeanor, MY ASS! This needs to be challenged! What in hell is the problem with the Becton woman? The ILLEGALLY-ELECTED “councilwoman” strikes again! Doesn’t that foul-mouthed woman have ANY SHAME?
Both parties need to resign immediately, this was an unlawful and unjustifiable act of corruption.. Nobody is above the law, but, apparently these 2 individuals think they are. This is Pathetic! Antioch has become a place where Criminals thrive. This is a prime example, along with the Mayor and his actions.
We need to here from Laurie, Mike and Monica. They need to call for the Mayor, Ellie and Walker to step aside while all investigations are completed. Step up or step aside.
Meantime man who RAPED Stanford student was not jailed. Judge said he didn’t want to ruin the kids life for fifteen minutes of fun…charge reductions are common….Justus don’t get those breaks without a bunch of whiny euros rearing up. White kids ride by my house EVERY weekend…no cops in sight. Y’all sound mad because you ain’t running Antioch. Move.. Even complained about him taking action on Sycamore crime corridor
What “action” DID Thorpe take on the Sycamore crime corridor? Besides blaming the business owners.
Only $500.00! Talk about value for your dollar.
Both criminals, will never learn their lessons.
Oh Coastrider, you are as bad a TTW and Lamar. Your clearly a hoodrat supporter of criminals, and based upob your writings you have racist tendencies.. And the Stanford kid has nothing to do with Antioch. And he should have been jailed for years. No one here is defending him. Look at the local facts.
Coastrider, aka Lamar 🤔
She probably stole the money
That woman doesn’t have a pot to piss in!
I sure as hell would be embarrassed to donate a measly $500!
2 payments of $500 to Becton, who returned the favor with a 200 contribution to Tamisha. They could have saved time by simply deducting Becton’s $200 from Tamisha’s thousand.
Hey Tamisha! That guy you bring up actually LIVES IN HAWAII . . a resident of the State of Hawaii living ON THE ISLAND OF KAUAI! In a CONDO! He’s not on VACATION! Capisce? Jeeez!
Hey FRANK — FYI, Walker is on that council ILLEGALLY! She should not be there at all from the start! Should have been removed on the first day!
Hey there, TAMISHA! The ECT editor has your number and so do the rest of us who post here! By the way, “white privilege of men?” What kind of phrase is that? Maybe try, “men of WHITE privilege” instead. Let’s not butcher the ENGLISH LANGUAGE here, people! By the way, the guy serving time at his residence in Hawaii did not drive recklessly in Antioch traffic endangering motorists who hit the 911 buttons to get the police to confront your kids who were operating their dirt bikes ILLEGALLY on public streets. By the way, in case you didn’t know, a “misdemeanor” is STILL A CRIME, with consequences!
Becton contributed only $200 to Walker’s silly-assed “campaign.” Goes to show you. Walker kept her arson record quiet. Arsonists — whether felons or had it downgraded to a misdemeanor, STILL cannot run for public office in California!
Tamisha, I have properties and live in District 1 and did not vote for you for many reasons. One of them is that you don’t have the background, education, sophistication, linguistic skills nor experience to be involved in city politics. You don’t come across as being professional! Friends living in other cities roll their eyes when I tell them I’m an Antioch resident. They ask, “how many police officers are your council people insulting?” The founder of ECT has you down pat! Forget about him and listen to what the rest of us say. That should be very clear to you. But you just don’t seem to get it, do you? You are in the wrong position and with your checkered background, you should step down.
Give it a rest, Tamisha! You are the one who tries to create drama! The editor of the East County Today tells it like it is! He reported on the Joe Canciamilla case! You weren’t paying attention. Your kid, Yomami, broke the law and you went bananas because he got nailed!
Seems like the “carpetbaggers” from our well-known crime-infested cities (Oakland and Richmond come to mind) have descended upon Antioch in order to drive it down! Now, we have a once-thriving city heading to become a real craphole!
Her son evading the police? Interesting! Sounds like she evaded the police when they came looking for her after she set fire to a 4-plex at 1 am! I guess evasion runs in this family! Something really stinks here! The Becton woman isn’t doing her job!
false narratives HER NARRATIVE
Torres-Walker is an embarrassment. Something is not right here! Her foul-mouthed ranting shows a severely troubled state of mind. She should not be representing anything. For starters, she’s on that council illegally and does lack professionalism of any sorts. We don’t need DRAMA QUEENS in our city. They city manager and city attorney should dispense with her. What’s taking so long?
COASTRIDER – You have that story all wrong! The guy (Turner) who sexually assaulted the woman was a STANFORD student. The woman was NOT! Now, what does that incident have to do with the creepy Antioch mayor and the city clerk possibly violating the Brown Act?
She’s a piece of work. Needs to be removed from the City Council yeah. She’s a complete disgrace.
What a pair! Becton has done more harm to our county! Walker did the same to our city! Out with them both! Disgusting!
Obviously, something rotten is happening in CocoCounty DA’s office. Remember, how many lawyers left after Becton came onboard. They smelled a rat and they got one! She’s a big proponent of this crazy “restorative justice” system instead of doing her job of prosecuting criminals.
I don’t understand why Walker-Torres and Thorpe haven’t been removed from office, already. She is a felonious arsonist who was illegally elected and Thorpe isn’t doing his job. Becton is just as bad and obviously involved with all the BS going on and taking sinister campaign donations. Why isn’t there a comprehensive, multi-agency investigation happening? Antioch has really gone off the rails since these three were elected. How did they get elected in the first place – by lying and hiding information thereby NOT being transparent and by PEOPLE NOT VOTING! And, what Torres-Walker did to OUR Men and Women in Blue is disgraceful.
Both Walker-Torres and Thorpe are modern day Thugs. I read so many comments about how these criminals should step down but, would any of us step down from a Cush job if nobody was forcing us to do so?
I think both of them have now been in office long enough to qualify for a recall. Just tell me what I have to do to get a recall started on both of them and I will get the ball rolling.
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