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Mayor Horrigan Issues Statement on Councilmember’s Remark


City of Akron Press Release
From the desk of City of Akron Press Office
Published: 03-02-2023

Akron, Ohio, March 2, 2023 — In response to Akron City Councilmember Linda Omobien’s remarks during the public safety committee meeting on Monday, Feb. 27, Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan has issued the following statement:

“All elected officials know their words matter and word choice is important. Councilwoman Omobien's statement was irresponsible. I understand that she has since spoken with Chief Mylett. At a time when we are working diligently as a city and a community to improve police community relations, language such as this undermines that important work and creates further challenges to progress. We continue to ask our community for patience as the independent investigation into the death of Jayland Walker remains ongoing and we must all wait for a grand jury to ultimately hear the case and make a decision. I want to thank our law enforcement officers for the incredible work they do day in and day out to make Akron safer and I look forward to all of us moving forward together.”

For further information, contact:
Stephanie Marsh
Chief Communications Officer
Phone: 330-375-2754
E-mail: [email protected]

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