AFTERNOON UPDATE – STEP UP, LANCASTER NAACP!

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SOTO: “I WOULD
SUPPORT IT”

  

       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.

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ANOTHER TRAGEDY

(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.

4 Responses to AFTERNOON UPDATE – STEP UP, LANCASTER NAACP!

  1. Sensible Anonymous says:

    Nope….that woman gets no passes. She is not in jail for simply having a baby. She is in jail for placing her newborn in peril and then failing to remove him from that peril. She knew she was pregnant and she knew she was in labor…she has had a baby before. This wasn’t a course of passive conduct…she didn’t want this baby and made conscious decisions that put her and that baby in that situation, including previously choosing to leave a hospital that was willing to help her and told her she needed medical care. When you are a parent and/or have custody of a child, you are not allowed to just bury your head in the sand when that child is in danger….especially if you are the one that placed them there. Every decision this woman made tells me she only cared about herself and did not care if that baby died. I am so sick of this society undervaluing the lives of children and babies and making excuses for the evil people who hurt them.

  2. Anon says:

    Tobin – ex-cop. Corrupt judge.

  3. Also Anonymous says:

    ONLY IN LANCASTER COUNTY PA CAN A WOMAN BE SENT STRAIGHT TO PRISON W/O BAIL FOR HAVING A BABY! SHE OBVIOUSLY DOESN’T HAVE THE MONEY TO FLEE TO ANYWHERE! SOMEONE WITH SOME AUTHORITY NEEDS TO STEP IN RIGHT NOW SO SHE DOESN’T SPEND ONE MORE SECOND IN “CUSTODY”. EVERY WOMAN IN AMERICA SHOULD BE OUTRAGED! WHO IS THIS JUDGE? HE DIDN’T ORDER AN EVALUATION? WHERE ARE THE HUMAN RIGHTS GROUPS? CIVIL RIGHTS? I AM MAKING PHONE CALLS RIGHT NOW! THIS IS CRIMINAL…ON THE PART OF THE COMMONWEALTH. OUTRAGEOUS!

  4. anonymous says:

    She would have been better off shooting her newborn with a handgun that she just practiced with at the range….I mean, that is, if she’s related to Bryan Cutler.

    A black woman. It’s Lancaster County. Stedman is the DA. She is totally f-ed.