AFTERNOON UPDATE – STEP UP, LANCASTER NAACP!
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SOTO: “I WOULD
Continuing Darlene Byrd’s comments and questions to city council regarding a citizen’s review committee for the Lancaster City Police on Tuesday, January 8th, she turns from councilman Ismail Smith Wade-El to councilman Pete Soto who chairs the Public Safety Committee as follows (to read her comments and exchanges with Wade-El click here):
— Darlene Byrd – Pete Soto, you’re in charge of the Public Safety Committee?
— Pete Soto – Yes.
— Darlene Byrd – Would your committee look into reviewing – could we come to your committee and tell you this is what we need to do? Could you look further into that?
— Pete Soto – I could look further into that.
— Darlene Byrd – Because…
— Pete Soto – I’m not making any promises now – please understand that. I will look into your statements and your comments and your suggestions. But I can’t say…
— Darlene Byrd – And if the DA says that it’s okay to have a citizen’s review committee to look at the complaints you would support that?
— Pete Soto – I’m sorry, say that again.
— Darlene Byrd – If the DA says it’s okay to have a citizen’s review committee, you would not support that?
— Pete Soto – Oh, I would support it.
— Darlene Byrd – Fair enough. Thank you. I can show you an email where he says that if you want to see it – now or after the city council meeting.
— Soto then says something [inaudible] about more information and Byrd asks what information and council president James Reichenbach steps in an says, “We can continue that conversation after the meeting.”
— You can watch the full video of the meeting here. There will be more tomorrow.
(Click here for the District Attorney’s press release.)
Perhaps Blanding Watson and the Lancaster Branch of the NAACP could help this woman through the legal system? She has been denied bail because “Defendant can flee to Ghana,” (see her docket below). Can’t they just take her passport?
These stories are always so sad and complex and commenters on the DA’s and Lancaster Online’s Facebook pages are showing compassion and concern for her mental health. It is a wonderful thing to see. Step up, NAACP!
Please check back later today.