On Monday, Antioch Mayor Lamar Thorpe took to Facebook Live to provide a quick update on Antioch issues while he also addressed comments made by Councilwoman Tamisha Torres-Walker which occurred while he was out of the country.
Last week, Councilwoman Tamisha Torres-Walker posted a Facebook Live video highlighting from her perspective an incident between Antioch Police Department officers and her children after police observed them reportedly driving dirt bikes and quads on city roadways. In the video, she dropped many “f-bombs” and called the police “assholes” while calling for an investigation claiming her children followed all the rules. She also said she didn’t give a “shit” about being a city councilwoman.
“I am so pissed off right now, you just don’t know,” stated Torres-Walker. “These mother fuckers think I give a shit about being a city councilmember when it comes to my kids. I absolutely do not. So when I roll up and say who do you think I am, I am not talking about being a fucking city councilmember, I am talking about being an angry as fuck mama because you almost killed my kids and you don’t want to see me organizing these mother fucking streets.”
Thorpe, who on Monday admitted he was on a “bike trip” out of the country as California and Contra Costa County are on a Stay-At-Home Order issued by Governor Gavin Newsom. Thorpe says he had limited email and phone access, but says he spoke to the chief of police regarding an incident with the children of Torres-Walker.
“I have been briefs by our chief of police, I did reach out to Councilwoman Torres-Walker and expressed my concern and I told her that in my role as the mayor I would ensure that in this investigation that is going to take place that it is fair and of course impartial and ensures we get to the truth as to what has taken place and that was my commitment to Torres-Walker,” stated Thorpe.
Thorpe added he was also unaware of the video posted by Torres-Walker or the protest that took place at the police department regarding the incident.
“I did finally watch the videos. All I can say as a parent, I only live for my daughter and I only live for my son and I am going to do everything I can to protect them,” stated Thorpe. “I can only say that everyone has their own style and we are going to have people who approach things differently. There are going to be councilmembers who go to protests and there is going to be councilmmebers who don’t go to protest or people who are going to be more vocal than others and that’s the reality we live in. The voters vote for councilmembers so it will be the voters who should represent them or not and they made their decision this last November so we will continue to operate from that perspective.”
Thorpe did say he was headed into a meeting where they were going to discuss this issue while hoping they could bring the matter to a close while stating people are entitled to their opinions on both sides of the issue.
“As the mayor and as a parent my one job in life is to protect my children and I am going to protect my children and so I understand where the frustration and the emotion that councilmember Walker expressed came from and I am going to respect everybody’s approach to this,” stated Thorpe. “What I don’t want it to do is spill into our work as a city council and there is a lot of work we need to do and we cannot get distracted with those who continue to seek to divide those of us on the council and those who seek to divide our community with nonsense. At the end of the day, this is about whether or not our city acted, and responded in this particular incident in a way that was proportional to what happened”
Thorpe closed saying they would have to wait and see what the investigation to take place before he added more commentary