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It was mentioned on Twitter that Akeson met with "African-American leaders" before her press conference. Who What Where When and Why hasn't that been reported?
Akeson stated that none of her colleagues on the Council have asked her about her tweets, but indicated that they may be discussing it behind her back.
This afternoon, before a packed house, Peoria City Councilwoman Beth Akeson addressed racist tweets aimed towards people who she claimed are "ill equipped" to have children and Black Lives Matter, calling the tweets a mistake:
|Photos and tweets from Ryan Piers of WMBD1470|
Although a reporter from Peoria Journal Star was present at today's press conference, this story has been brewing for more than a week, and the Peoria Journal Star has not yet published a report. In the meantime, WMBD 1470 and WMBD 31 have done a great job of covering the story, with Shane Gustafson's coverage of the story resulting in his being blocked from Councilwoman Akeson's Twitter page.
Read Shane's play by play from the press conference here. Watch WMBD31 News for the full story.