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.