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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…

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 Officer from All-White Town to Investigate Racially-Charged Police Misconduct Allegations

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 that same meeting, Urbana Mayor Diane Wolfe Marlin announced that Urbana Police Lieutenant Jason D Norton would be investigating the incident.…

Attorney General Investigates Champaign Attorney Laura Hall’s Concealment of Public Records

The Illinois Attorney General is asking Champaign Assistant City Attorney Laura Jayne Hall to explain why she fully denied a recent public records request. The request was related to alleged “threats” claimed by City Officials after their much-criticized passage of an emergency ordinance which gives Mayor Deborah Frank Feinen martial-law…

Urbana Police Push Propaganda Piece on Arrest & Beating of Innocent Woman

Urbana Police Officials didn’t waste any time attempting to save face and deflect blame after a disturbing police brutality video went viral on April 10th 2020. The video quickly made its rounds on social media, garnering widespread criticism for the Urbana Police Department from local citizens. Just 18 hours later,…

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