Friday, July 3, 2020
Thursday, July 2, 2020
The FBI has created a composite photo of what she might look like in street clothes.
Wednesday, July 1, 2020
Columbia Councilwoman Sharon Lintner has been trying to get a copy of the borough police department's use-of-force policy since June 4.
She still doesn't have it.
She said she tried to get her concerns about getting access to the policy addressed at a council executive session after a council meeting earlier this month, but it wasn't discussed.
Sunday, June 28, 2020
Three fawns visited Laurel Hill Cemetery recently:
The police report is HERE.
Saturday, June 27, 2020
What is hard to understand is that a majority of the borough council is transparency resistant. Seemingly, a majority of the newly elected (in November) councillors is. Not surprisingly, three of the entrenched from a previous council administration lean toward non-transparency. What is so hard to understand is the incoming councillors campaigned on a platform of transparency; yet now the majority appear to want to quell it.
At the end of the public meeting, Mayor Leo Lutz declined to attend the executive session. In an email exchange after the meeting, Lutz said he and police Chief Jack Brommer had no advance notice of the executive session, and that it would have been a waste of their time to join a discussion "without the necessary information to answer any questions that may arise."
Friday, June 26, 2020
York City Police's use of force policy now available to the public (Columbia Borough's policy is still not available to the public)
Thursday, June 25, 2020
A peaceful prayer vigil organized by "Power Lancaster County" took place at 4 p.m. today in front of Columbia's police station and borough hall. Over 50 people attended, among them pastors, two school board members and a councilwoman. Some displayed signs remembering those who died at the hands of law enforcement. Pastors addressed the issues of social justice and racial inequality and led prayers.
At the direction of Reverend Dr. Patricia McAllister of Columbia's Mt. Zion AME Church, the group paused for 8 minutes and 46 seconds of silence, the amount of time that Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin officer kept his knee on George Floyd's neck on May 25, ultimately killing Floyd, a 46-year-old black man.