During the end of the Antioch City Council Meeting Tuesday, Antioch Mayor Lamar Thorpe unleashed a rant at residents who have placed he and fellow councilmembers Monica Wilson and Tamisha Torres-Walker together as a trio.
Although Thorpe stated multiple times throughout the night he did not want to defund police as they discussed body cameras, he addressed his fellow councilmembers Wilson and Torres-Walker (editors comment: most likely facetiously) saying “they were thugs who want to defund the police” while calling out an Antioch resident by name for expressing her opinion.
The comment Thorpe responded to was submitted by Jackie Hooke at the 04:32:28 minute mark:
“I am a resident of Antioch and I am concerned about our future. Violence is what we have become known for! Some of our council members are not interested in making Antioch a safe city but rather promote their own agendas.
Tamisha is an uncontrolled problem for Antioch. Her continual attack on our police department, her outrageous manner of speaking, her claims that she and her children are always right proves that she is a person that lacks integrity. She needs to be recalled. This should be easy as she won with a small margin.
Our mayor has no idea how to be a mayor for all of Antioch. His lack of support for the police, his desire to place a homeless facility in a drug zone, his obsession with cannabis shows how narrow minded and willful he is.
Monica who is the district 4 rep does not in any way represent the district I live in. She needs to step up and think for herself and not be the pawn in Lamar’s pocket.
Antioch needs help. We are in serious trouble.
Thank you. Jackie Hooke”
Thorpe opened up his comments at approximately the 5:01:00 minute mark of the meeting after city council future agenda items request:
“I’ll just say to Councilwoman Wilson and Torres-Walker, we are thugs who want to defund the police and I don’t know why people constantly try to tie myself and councilwoman Wilson and Torres-Walker together, I mean I know why but I do want to apologize on behalf of some of the ignorance that we see. I see it. I think you who are strong women and have every right to be on this council.
Councilwoman Wilson was the first African American woman to be elected to the Antioch City Council on her own right. Not because she followed anybody. She earned that, she’s had a voice on this city council and she’s going to continue to have a voice on this city council and too diminish her to the point that she is just some follower is absolutely disgusting, absolutely disgusting.
And disgusting for people like Jackie Hooke, she should be ashamed of herself. I see you, and I see the value you, and I see the value you bring to this council.
And I see your value as well councilmember Torres-Walker. I may not always agree with you, but I see the value that you bring and I see what you are doing for the residents of District 1 and I find it disgusting that people try and tie us together and use words like thugs and people are trying to defund the police. Shame on those folks. With that this meeting is adjourned and have a good night.”
Thorpe then left the meeting and turned off his computer.
City Clerk Ellie Householder stopped the meeting and said they had to call for adjournment just as Councilmember Lori Ogorchock said they had to call for the meeting to end which Householder agreed.
Mayor Pro Tem Monica Wilson then took control of the meeting after Thorpe and Councilmember Mike Barbanica left the meeting. It was about to adjourn in a 4-1 vote but Barbanica returned after clicking out. The meeting then adjourned in a 4-1 vote with the mayor absent.
Thorpes comments came only hours after he made a statement during the Mayors Comments where he was above the political rhetoric when he addressed the recent spike in shootings and accused some in the community as looking to use it as political touchdowns.
Thorpe stated the council would support the police department in reducing the violence, but was quick to scold those who would take this recent spike in crime and use it as a political touchdown and even attacking the defund the police rhetoric.
Here is the transcript from his Mayors Comments during Tuesday nights council meeting:
“Everybody here is aware of the most recent shooting here in the city and these incidents continue to be unfortunate. We recognize and see that we have had a spike in shootings in recent weeks and I want to let the community know that our police department, our police chief and this council is committed to ensuring our community is safe and we will work towards finding solutions, particularly gun violence solutions.
I’ve now had several conversations with our police chief as it relates to this very topic and I will continue to have conversations with our chief of police and offering whatever it is, assistance this council can do and make. If we need to look at overtime or look at extra funding for crime tips or whatever it may be, we are committed to doing that.
But of course, just like police reform, I want to remind folks, in this recent spike in gun violence there are going to be individuals, I know there are going to be communities that have a general concerns about what is happening, we all share those concerns, but there will be people who will try to politicize these issues just as they have tried to politicize police reform.
I want to make sure our council and our police officers recognize we are above the political rhetoric. We are here to do a job. We are not hear to throw weaponized instances of violence or reform and try and use them to prove a political point or score political touchdowns. That is not what we are here to do.
That is certainly not what I am here to engage in. And some of the misconceptions you will hear out there being promoted by some of the local bloggers are that we are trying to reform, that we are trying to defund the police department. The city council has had no policy around defunding the police department.
They will try to use these statements to say that we are trying to abolish the police department. We have had no policy that suggests that. So, I want the community to be aware we are on top of the things we are seeing and hearing and we are supporting our police department to ensure that our streets are safe but we are not going to play into some of the political rhetoric that people use as weapons to attack other people. That is not right and we are not participating.”
Last week, the Antioch City Council agreed to move forward and explore several Police Reform Items that were brought forward by Thorpe. They were approved during a special meeting which lasted approximently 7-hours (Meeting Recap). On Tuesday, later in the meeting, the Council was set to discuss purchasing body cameras.
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