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City Attorney Claims Urbana Employees are Free to Discriminate Against Residents Who Seek City Services

In a remarkable determination letter issued on May 13th, 2020, Urbana City Attorney James Simon has declared that City employees are not bound by Urbana’s own anti-discrimination laws. Simon issued the letter in response to a complaint submitted to the Urbana Human Relations Commission which alleged that the a City…

Urbana Residents Scolded for not Keeping Open “Dialogue” with City Council about Police Misconduct, Mayor Marlin Holds Secret Meeting 4 Days Later

At the May 4th, 2020 meeting of the Urbana City Council, residents showed up in force once again to voice their complaints about the Urbana Police Department following a violent arrest of an unarmed woman. Rather than being met with open arms by their elected officials, Shirese Hursey and others…

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 incident. Her update was the latest attempt by the city to appease outraged citizens. On April 10th, 2020, Urbana Police Officers carrying rifles physically attacked an unarmed Aleyah Lewis (article…

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…

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 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…

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