City Council addresses Carolyn Fisher arrest
Read the official City Council meeting minutes here.
Mayor Kelley stated, “Thank you for the promotion. As the Mayor and President of Council,I do not sit over the Police Chief. The City Manager runs the day-to-day operations. He doubles as the Safety Director, but thank you for promoting me today, but no disrespect meant. I’ll have a statement when everybody gets done talking about the specific issue.”
Mayor Kelley asked for any additional speakers, seeing none he continued, “I am going to read a brief statement and we’ll go on with our business...
The official position or my official position for this Council is going to be set forth and willbe available for the media if they therefore seek it. The description of an incident that occurred inCleveland Heights in late January that has serious allegations against the police department, hasbeen widely circulated on the Internet. There are many inaccuracies and inflammatory comments made about the police in this email. This Cleveland Heights City Council is aware of the allegations in the email and has been briefed by Chief Martin Lentz regarding witness statements and police procedure at the scene.
There are the facts as we know them: 1) Cleveland Heights has had zoning codes and general offenses code regulations regarding flyers and posters on public poles for many, many years. This is not a new rule. The zoning regulation has been in place since 1970, specifically #1163.02, which is Application of Sign Regulations and the General Offenses Code regulation has been in place since 1943. Again, this particular code has been in place since 1943, so way before
most of us, or all of were born. Some of us, as the Vice Mayor reminded us. The content or subject matter of the flyers has absolutely nothing to do with the enforcement of the regulation. This City Council and past City Councils have always supported this regulation. It has absolutely nothing to do with content. 2) The police were following procedure by informing the woman, three separate times, that the posters should not be put up. 3) Witnesses at the scene reported that the woman became out of control and physical with the police officers. The police then followed proper procedure in getting the situation under control. 4) The Cleveland Heights paramedics were called because the police officers were bleeding from scratch and bite marks.”
There was an outburst from the audience and the mayor added, “Please, I’ve given youyour time, this is what we’ve investigated.”
Another outburst from the audience, “Bullsh--”, and continued, “You heard people talk tonight and you make statements.”
Mayor Kelley added, “Ma’m, sit down.”
Another outburst, “Did you listen to people?”
Mayor Kelley kept repeating, “Sit down. Sit down, please.”
Another outburst, “Did this have an impact on you?”
Mayor Kelley again repeated, “Sit down, please.”
Audience member replied, “I’m sitting.”
Mayor Kelley continued, “When the paramedics arrived the woman said she was injured and wanted to go to the hospital also. The police followed procedure and she was taken in the ambulance. She was transported to the University Hospital Emergency Room.. 5) Hospital Emergency room rules were very strict regarding who could go in and see a patient. These rules were enforced by the Emergency Room personnel.”
From the audience, “No. It’s all lies.”
Mayor Kelley continued, “The scene at the University Hospital emergency room reception area was handled by the University Hospital police.”
Mayor Kelley was interrupted again by another outburst stating, “No.”
The Mayor continued, “Who also had back up ..”
Another outburst from the audience, “Not true.”
Mayor Kelley continued, “Who also had backup from University Circle police.”
Another outburst from the audience, “Not true, not true. We were there.”
Mayor Kelley continued, “There is no evidence to suggest that the Cleveland Heights police officers involved acted improperly. The Cuyahoga County Grand Jury has indicted Ms. Fisher on two counts of assaulting a police officer. These are fourth degree felonies. The matter will be assigned to a judge after the arraignment.”
From the audience, “Why do you lie? Do you agree with that?”
Mayor Kelley responded, “That’s the official statement.”
Her supporters do her zero favors when they disrupt council meetings.
It's looking worse for Ms. Fisher everyday.
Tags:[Carolyn Fisher], [Cleveland Heights], [Police]