By: Diane Benjamin
Videos of the looting at Target are all over Facebook. Obviously most of the people involved have not been arrested, but worse the videos show police did little to stop it.
A resident of Normal had questions – note he sent this email to the entire Council, Mayor and City Manager:
Doug was referring to this article in the paper:
The narrative that Mayor Koos was there is from a story on WJBC: https://www.wjbc.com/2020/06/01/koos-reprehensible-behavior-last-night/
The Pantagraph article says 7 police cars were damaged, it doesn’t say where they were – it implies at Target. The police didn’t have the ability to stop people throwing things at them? There are still a “couple hundred” criminals roaming the streets? (Guess who is going to get the bill to fix those cars)
There are numerous reasons Doug is asking questions:
- Did Koos micro-manage the police?
- Did the police have all the tools they needed?
- If no, what do they need?
- Should businesses know in advance the police aren’t capable of protecting them?
- Why would any business locate in Normal if bands of looters might destroy their business?
- Is a message being sent to looters: the police can’t handle large groups?
- Is a complete review of what happened taking place? Citizens aren’t allowed to know?
Doug’s email is dated June 2nd. He didn’t receive an official response until he emailed the police chief directly. City Manager Pam Reece finally decided to respond on June 4th. Anybody believe she knows who pays her salary? Is she blaming the media for false reporting? (withdraw and stand down are different?)
Government always wants to “move forward”, the past is immaterial even if the problems of the past haven’t been addressed.