By: Diane Benjamin
Jelani Day’s mom spoke at Public Comment last night via phone. Carmen Bolden-Day still has no answers more than a year after her son disappeared and was later found in the Illinois River. Carmen claimed she hasn’t been able to talk to investigators since February. She also talked about the handling of evidence from both the Bloomington police department and Peru’s.
Mayor Mwilambwe cut her off at 3 minutes. He shouldn’t have. It showed he had little compassion for the mother of a dead child with no answers. The 3 minute limit was more important than a grieving mother? Carmen was complaining about not being able to talk to investigators, then Mboka proved police are just following City policy by not allowing her to finish speaking.
At 1:57:44 Jacari Harris spoke on the same topic. Both want Mboka to intervene and get accountability from the Bloomington police.
Someone knows what happened to Jelani.
Someone is not telling the police what they know.
This mother deserves answers. This mother deserves compassion. If the Bloomington police have not returned Carmen’s calls since February they need to assign one investigator to her. Even if there is no new information Carmen needs to know somebody cares. Imagine how you would feel if Jelani was your child.
This wasn’t a good look for the City on a night where they settled an excessive use of force case by the Bloomington police. Carmen thought the Council was the police department’s boss, they aren’t. The police work for Gleason, Gleason works for the Council.
In between these two speakers Surena Fish spoke as a member of the PSCRB. She reported the Board had reviewed the license plate reader reports, she said they are working to solve crimes. She was evidently not aware the old YMCA has been purchased by Eastview.
There was a township meeting before Council, nothing else too exciting happened. Tim Gleason wasn’t present. Bill Tyus filled in.
Just hit play to hear Carmen: