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Citizens Launch Urbana Illinois Police Resources Website

In the wake of public outrage over a recent violent arrest video, a group of Urbana residents have accomplished in a weekend what police review advocates have failed to do in decades: public outreach. The website www.UrbanaPolice.com was launched on May 17, 2020 as a civilian resource site about the…

Urbana Mayor Diane Marlin Fabricates Content of 911 Call to Support Police Propaganda

Mayor Diane Wolfe Marlin issued an update at the May 11th, 2020 Urbana City Council meeting regarding the Aleyah Lewis police brutality incident. Her update was the latest blunder in a series of biased attempts by the city to appease outraged citizens. On April 10th, 2020, Urbana Police Officers carrying…

U of I Professor Mikhail Lyubansky Takes the Reins at Urbana Civilian Police Review Board

After months of residents criticizing the failures of the Urbana Civilian Police Review Board (CPRB), and amidst a barrage of Urbana Police misconduct allegations following a violent arrest video which went viral on social media, a new Chair was quietly assigned to the CPRB. Previously chaired by Grace Mitchell, who…

Urbana Council Member Shirese Hursey: Innocent Arrestee Deserved to be Violated

Citizens were outraged, and at least one Urbana Council member left speechless, after Council member Shirese Hursey placed full blame for the violent arrest of Aleyah Lewis (original article here) squarely on Lewis herself. Hursey’s monologue was delivered at the May 4th, 2020 Urbana City Council meeting, immediately after 20…

Urbana Mayor Marlin to Choose New Police Review Board Member Amidst Storm of Misconduct Allegations

On May 5th, 2020, Mayor Diane Marlin announced that she will be accepting applications for a vacant seat on Urbana’s Civilian Police Review Board (CPRB). Grace Mitchell, the Chair of the CPRB, and a member of the group since its founding in 2007, has resigned her position after widespread criticism…

Champaign Police Review Board Chair: Urbana Police Gave “Slipshod Review” of Violent Arrest

“I witnessed a poor review of police conduct at last week’s City Council meeting” A publicly presented “review” by Urbana Police Chief Bryant Seraphin and Lt. Jason Norton at the April 27th, 2020 Urbana City Council meeting has begun to draw more public scrutiny than the violent arrest that prompted…

Citizens Call for Chief Seraphin’s Resignation after Propagandized “Review” of Violent Urbana Arrest

Citizens having been speaking in great numbers for the past several Urbana City Council meetings, and the May 4th, 2020 meeting was no exception. Residents returned to the virtual podium to issue further complaint about the Police Department’s arrest and beating of Urbana resident Aleyah Lewis, which occurred on April…

Urbana Police Present Choreographed One-Sided Mock Trial to Justify Beating of Woman During Arrest

“This was a carefully crafted one-sided puppet show designed to further embarrass and harass Lewis while straining to assign hero-status to her unscrupulous attackers” Urbana Police Chief Bryant Seraphin and his cohort have switched into full-offense mode after initial efforts to squelch public outcry about police misconduct backfired. It all…

City Clerk Charlie Smyth Tries to Dilute Public Input About Urbana Police Misconduct

On April 20th, 2020, dozens of citizens attended an electronic City Council meeting to voice their concerns about the recent arrest and beating of Urbana resident Aleyah Lewis. At the beginning of the meeting, at least 20 citizens had sent public input to be read at the meeting, and another dozen…

Urbana City Council Members Remain Silent After Citizens Speak Up Against Police Assaulting Unarmed Woman

Sixty-six citizens attended the April 20th, 2020 Urbana City Council Meeting that was held electronically via Zoom. Attendance was unusually high as citizens voiced their concerns and outrage at the brutal beating of an unarmed woman by Urbana Police Officers. On April 10th, 2020, a video (article here) of Urbana…

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