Graffiti in Uptown

By: Diane Benjamin According to my millennial interpreter, this means happy and sad at the same time. The symbol is all over Uptown, there are also letters said to be a slur on police. Below are just a few examples: h/t: Two readers Maybe the Marxist teacher running for Bloomington City Council can provide further […]

If this group can meet in person – so can the City Councils

By:  Diane Benjamin The City of Bloomington is pandering to the far left radicals.  Since regular people with common sense are not speaking up, they think everybody agrees with de-funding the police.  (Figure out why the Police Chief retired?) https://www.eventbrite.com/e/discussion-on-divestinvest-of-police-funding-tickets-115500841125 While the City Council continues to hide behind computer screens because of illegal edicts from […]

The Art and Camille Taylor POLICE Reports

By:  Diane Benjamin Police reports:  The Art and Camille Taylor incident These reports were received by the Edgar County Watchdogs, they forwarded them to me.  If you missed all the previous stories these reports have the same information as the body cam videos. This story has links to all the previous stories and videos:  https://blnnews.com/2020/07/24/in-support-of-art-and-camille-taylor-3-0-the-entire-police-interview/ […]

Bloomington met too last night

By:  Diane Benjamin The third Monday of the month is hell because both Councils meet.  Last night was over 4 hours I will never get back! Highlights from Bloomington: Yes folks, this is the spending plan for the next 20 years – for just water.  I don’t think the never used water tower was included […]

Bloomington Pandering?

By:  Diane Benjamin The left is famous for “never enough”.  Whatever goals they achieve they want more.  The local police were supposedly so bad a civilian police review board (PSCRB) had to be established.  It took forever before they investigated one complaint – they determined the police did nothing wrong.  They had meetings, printed flyers […]

Did PSCRB increase crime?

By:  Diane Benjamin Below is a short video of an interview with a Dallas Police Officer.  He claims across the country police have been forced to not do their job in fear of citizen panels instituted to oversee what they do. He wants to know how untrained panels can judge actions taken by the police […]

Are all Commissions really a joke?

By:  Diane Benjamin We know Bloomington’s Police Review Board (PSCRB) has been in existence for a year, held lots of meetings, prepared information for citizens, and has yet to hear one complaint.  Anybody think it was set up as a “feel good” board and never intended to hear complaints? Now we will see if Normal’s Historic […]

Guest Writer: Citizens Public Safety and Community Relations Board

By:  Karen Miller On July 12, WGLT posted an article entitled “Year later, Some Want More Distance between Civilian Board and Police”.     http://wglt.org/post/year-later-some-want-more-distance-between-civilian-board-and-police The Pubic Safety and Community Relations Board (PSCRB) was formed to serve as a citizen advisory committee to the Chief of Police and the City Manager, providing different perspectives on police […]

Last night Council meeting

By:  Diane Benjamin The majority of the meeting was spent talking about TIF districts.  The City of Bloomington currently has two:  Empire Corridor which is a massive area along Empire street, and Downtown Southwest.  The City is trying to get approval from the other taxing bodies for two more:  The old Junior High building area […]

PSCRB Update (Police Review Board)

By:  Diane Benjamin Follow-up to this story:  https://blnnews.com/2018/05/09/setting-wedges/ The majority of the minutes are now listed on the website for the Police Safety and Community Relations Board.  They first met in December 2017, no minutes are available from that meeting.  If you want to see the January 2018 minutes, you have to read the February packet. […]

UPDATE: Setting Wedges

See bottom of story for update. By:  Diane Benjamin Remember when City hall was packed with people wanting citizens to oversee the Police?  Remember this new Board supposedly only had the power to review cases after all other remedy within the Police Department was exhausted? The Public Safety Community Review Board was the first wedge […]

Bloomington is Chicago

Did Tari Know a large crowd was coming?  It matters. By:  Diane Benjamin The Bloomington Police Department was told loud and clear last night they were a huge problem.  I wonder how many officers today are questioning why they are willing to die on the job to protect and serve people who despise them.  I […]