A quick legal update – as reported on this site, Dwain London, Jr., acting as his own attorney, had filed a federal lawsuit against the city of Lancaster and others. London was found guilty of setting fire to city hall. He has withdrawn his suit per the below.
** The below is from Detective Nathan Nickel’s Brief in Opposition to Lopez’s use of the video. As noted, it has been on YouTube since I put it on the LIP News channel on November 2, 2019.
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Jessica Lopez wants to use the below video of Detective Nathan Nickel in her lawsuit against him.
Gray and Sorace
I will put in a Right-to-Know request to the city to find out how much the CNA Corporation is charging Lancaster for their services. This is really unbelievable! And where is LNP? Willow Valley wants to put in a huge apartment complex for wealthy seniors next door to a poverty neighborhood. Is there any way to stop this? How much money will the city really make in taxes? Did Mayor Sorace learn to lie from former Mayor Rick Gray? So many questions! Please check back later today.
You would think the first thing CNA would tell the city is, “Do not promote a bad cop!” There will be much more tomorrow on all of this.
*** At 2:42:17 into the video of last night’s city council meeting, council president Ismail Smith-Wade-El turns it over to Mayor Sorace for her report. Below is a transcript of the beginning of her report. The remainder will come tomorrow.
Good evening council. Thank you council president. I have three items for tonight. First, as you are all aware, I and my administration are committed to assuring that the City of Lancaster’s Bureau of Police provide professional public safety services that advance our vision of providing a stronger, more equitable Lancaster block by block and align with the city’s core values of quality, teamwork, respect and integrity.
Further, we are committed to incorporate best practices consistent with 21st century policing pillars related to policy, training and ongoing operations. As a logical next step in assuring these commitments are realized and as a precursor to seeking accreditation through the Pennsylvania Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission, the police bureau issued a RFP seeking a qualified individual or entity to undertake an independent, comprehensive review of its policies and procedures.
In response to that RFP, the City of Lancaster has entered into an agreement with CNA, a non-profit research organization with a strong history of delivering high quality, independent and objective reviews of police policy training, operations and real world instant response to local jurisdictions such as ours. CNA is at the forefront of emerging best practices and policing and is an expert in law enforcement practice, research, reform and community engagement.
CNA’s work with the city will come in three phases…
** Below is a screenshot of the website of the CNA Corporation, which Mayor Sorace stated last night in her Report of the Mayor the city has contracted with to review all the policies and procedures of the Lancaster Bureau of Police (click here). I am working on a transcript of the Mayor’s report. She did not state the cost of this.
* Once again, LNP stands to profit from the Willow Valley proposal. When council woman Janet Diaz asked about parking for the 147 apartments, the representative responded that they will be leasing spaces from the LNP garage. LNP has moved their offices from 8 W. King Street, where the garage is located, to 101 N. Queen Street in the new Lancaster Square.
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“WE ARE NOT DEVELOPERS OF AFFORDABLE HOUSING!”
Interim police chief John T. Bey told city council last night that police officer Christopher McCormick (pictured left) has been promoted. McCormick is the subject of two federal lawsuits and has been involved in several violent arrests. Not a single council member said a word.
Further, Mayor Sorace told council the city has hired the CNA company to do a review of all the policies of the Lancaster Bureau of Police. She said an RFP was put out but did not say who bid or how much the city is paying CNA.
Following a heated discussion, two council members, Janet Diaz and Xavier Garcia-Molina, voted no to approving the Historical Commission’s approval of Willow Valley Communities, owner of 17 West Vine Street, who are proposing the demolition of a former newspaper printing plant and rear annex structures and construction of a new apartment building (pictured above). When council member Pete Soto asked how much affordable housing would be included, the Willow Valley representative said, “We are not developers of affordable housing.” And Tony Dastra, (pictured left) who first began livestreaming council meetings, showed up and spoke strongly against the Willow Valley proposal.
Click here to watch the video of last night’s meeting and there will be much more later today.