Lamestream media recently posted a story on its Facebook page that a Delaware County grand jury indicted 1-71 shooter Jonathon Sirvelle Wilder Myers on 27 felony counts, including five counts of attempted murder.
Sandra Lopez, Legislative Advisor for the Columbus City Council Division of Community Engagement and Hispanic Chamber of Columbus Board Member, weighed in on the story. Lopez commented, “All he (Myers) needs to do is hire Kyle Rittenhouse’s attorney and claim self-defense.”
You will compare Jonathon Sirvelle Wilder Myers, a 21-year-old man who has been a menace to society since he was nine, to Kyle Rittenhouse, who, before that night on August 25, 2020, had no prior contact with the law?
You will compare a case in which a jury agreed that Rittenhouse defended himself against rioters to a lunatic who fired several shots at vehicles and, when confronted by police, shot at them, too?
Sandra Lopez is a public official. Her remarks are reckless and irresponsible.
Over the weekend, I sent this email to Lopez, all seven members of Columbus City Council, and Robin Davis, Spokesperson for Mayor Andy Ginther. I have not heard back from any of them and do not expect to.
This is not the first time that Sandra Lopez stuck her foot in her mouth.
In August 2020, The Sussi Report investigated an inappropriate remark that Lopez made in 2018 at a community meeting in Linden hosted by the Columbus Division of Police.
One of the topics discussed was HIV testing for prostitutes, how Ohio law addresses it, and if ordered by the courts, would Columbus or Franklin County cover the tab for testing? Lopez told the audience, “With all due respect to those here, the law was probably written by white men, and if you wait on them to fix it, it won’t happen.”
Lopez is Hispanic.
Cmdr. Terry L. Moore fired off an Intra-Divisional memo that reached the desks of former Chief Kim Jacobs, former Public Safety Director Ned Pettus, and Deputy Chief Timothy Becker. Cmdr. Moore wrote, “This is, in my opinion, not an example of implicit bias but rather a blatant example of explicit bias.” Cmdr. Moore added, “One can only imagine what her (Lopez) views are regarding white men when she is in a private setting.”
Cmdr. Moore wrote that Lopez’s conduct and comment violated City of Columbus Central Work Rule 2, C: “All acts of abuse and violence are prohibited, including but not limited to, the following: C. Discriminating, harassing or insulting any City employee or member of the public because of race, color, sex, age, religion, national origin, disability or sexual orientation.”
Cmdr. Moore’s memo reached the desk of Douglas A. Sarff, Public Safety Human Resources Officer. In an email to Jennifer L. Moore, former Director of Human Resources for City Council, Sarff wrote, “This issue, as reported, would appear to violate the intent and spirit of the City of Columbus, Central Work Rules and Policies.”
In an email to Sarff, Jennifer L. Moore responded, “Thank you for the information. This matter will be addressed and handled internally.”
On May 20, 2018, Lopez was ordered to attend and complete a class, “Communicating with Tact & Diplomacy: Managing Difficult Conversations.”
City Hall has invested a lot of time, resources and money - your tax dollars - to monitor the social media accounts of its police department. Perhaps it’s time the public demands that a social media czar is hired to track the social media accounts of the folks at City Hall.
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