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Ogorchock Calls on Antioch Councilwoman Torres-Walker to Resign from Police Oversight Commission

by ECT

On Monday, Antioch City Councilwoman Lori Ogorchock issued a statement calling for Councilwoman Tamisha Torres-Walker to resign from the Police Oversight Commission after police activity at her home over the weekend.

According to police, they responded to a noise complaint shortly followed by several gunshots early Saturday morning. Torres-Walker was reportedly intoxicated, uncooperative and interfered with a police investigation.

Councilwoman Lori Ogorchock issued the following Statement:

Due to recent events over the weekend at Councilmember Torres-Walkers home, I believe it is in the best interest of the city that she immediately step down from the police oversight commission and all committees she has been appointed to. I would also ask that she be censured at this time until the on-going investigation is completed.  

We as council have to hold ourselves to a higher standard and not degrade or be verbally abusive to our police officers. No city employee should be treated in such a manner.

This incident should not overshadow the good work by our Antioch Police Department nor the progress being made throughout the City of Antioch.

UPDATE – Statements from the rest of the council

3:00 pm UPDATE: Mayor Lamar Thorpe issues Statement

“I have been briefed about a recent incident involving the Antioch Police Department and Councilmember Torres-Walker. As the mayor of the city of Antioch, I am requesting that Councilmember Torres-Walker immediately step down from her role as the chair of the Antioch Police Oversight Committee.

As elected officials, we do not have to always agree on issues, but we must always agree on the fact that we must set an example for the rest of the city and treat our public employees with respect and dignity for their contributions to our community.”

 

9:20 pm Update: Mike Barbanica Calls on Torres-Walker to Resign from Council

This afternoon I started receiving calls about this weekend’s incident with Council Member Torres-Walker. At 12:46 I began to reach out to Council Member Torres-Walker and asked her to meet in person. This was so I could ask her to immediately resign from the Antioch City Council. I did want her to hear it directly from me. She told me that she could meet me Wednesday, but I requested that it happen today, even if by phone. She told me that she would call and I didn’t hear from her, later stating that we could possibly meet after 5 PM. At 4:38 PM Council Member Torres-Walker did not respond to my request to again meet in person.

I requested to meet with Chief Morefield. He confirmed that there was an active investigation, but details were limited because the PD is investigating this as a shooting. I did confirm that multiple body cameras were active as officers were on scene.

I spoke with the press at 4:53 PM and told them that I am calling for her immediate resignation from the City Council. I also am calling for the APD to release the body cam footage as soon as possible. Total transparency was the reason many of us supported these cameras. We do not need the city dragged through another year of this.

9:42 pm Update: Monica Wilson Requests Torres-Walker Step Aside as Chair

Given recent events, it is in the best interest of our city that Councilwoman Torres-Walker step aside in her role as Chair of the Police Oversight Committee.

Original Story: Updated: Antioch Police Respond to Shots Fired in Front of Councilwomans Home

 

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13 comments

Rachel Wright Oct 5, 2021 - 12:08 am

News of this was all over TV tonight. I caught it on KTVU and had friends calling from all over asking “What in hell is going on in your city? “

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George Bradshaw Oct 5, 2021 - 3:16 am

This was all over TV news last night! Ogorchock should go one step further and insist that Walker be kicked off the City Council. Barbanica should back Ogorchock.

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Kate Morrison Oct 5, 2021 - 3:53 am

I called the Attorney General’s office about this and they said they will look into it. Also said that they’ve had a few calls about this situation already.

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George R Mathews Oct 5, 2021 - 4:06 am

The council member from District 1 MUST resign from the Police Oversight Commission at once. There is no defense for what occurred at her home and she should not be in any position that oversees the department that is dealing with her legal issues. It’s one thing to be rude and abrasive, but combative and insulting is beyond the pale. She may think she’s insulated from such penalties, because of the district she represents, but she is not, Every person in a position of leadership must be held to a high ethical standard

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Tony Oct 5, 2021 - 7:15 am

Oh thank the lord this thug might finally be out of office. She is a cancer in this city and must be removed.

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Johnny Oct 5, 2021 - 11:13 am

This “Thug” should not only be removed from office immediately but, she should be evicted from Antioch altogether. It’s her kind that has made all these criminals come to Antioch.

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Grace Wilson Oct 5, 2021 - 12:12 pm

George R Mathews: She was not legally elected and never belonged on the City Council. Lori Ogorchock should demand that Tamisha be removed from the Council immediately and this is long overdue!

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Derbra Welles Oct 5, 2021 - 1:00 pm

Someone should remind Mike Barbanica that Tamisha Walker was never a part of the City Council because she was not legally elected! This is the same as if anyone of us, walked off the street and planted ourselves among the council members! How long would we last? Not very long, I’m sure!

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Mom of 3 Oct 5, 2021 - 8:51 pm

Police situations are not reported correctly by the police and everyone “interferes “ even if they never did. Having her on the committee could help see both sides of the coin instead of all people that never had contact like this. Experience is key especially on the other side. I used to be a huge law enforcement supporter until a welfare check that went wrong. It left my family scared and traumatized with PTSD. We never had a single negative reaction but having a 15 year old tells cops to wait for entry until mom got home pissed them off.

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Andrew Oct 6, 2021 - 12:05 am

She doesn’t have any position of leadership! She’s an impediment to progress. We were doing just fine until she and her people showed up. Their presence has already ruined a few good cities, so why not Antioch? Their goal is to destroy Antioch, but guess what? We won’t let them!

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Street-Sweeper Oct 6, 2021 - 4:34 am

Barbanica has no sack, he just sits in the corner like a little puppy.

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Grace Oct 10, 2021 - 4:08 pm

Tamshita is the laughing stock of Antioch! Not only to the people in “her” district, but the other three. Nice going, Tams!

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DAWN Oct 10, 2021 - 4:15 pm

MOM OF 3: Sorry for your bad experience, but there were neighbors witnessing this encounter as well as videos captured on police cameras. In your case, a 15 year old should not tell the police what to do.

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