Showing posts with label WMBD 1470. Show all posts
Showing posts with label WMBD 1470. Show all posts

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

At-Large Councilwoman claims tweets regarding Black Lives Matter was a "mistake"

UPDATED with video:

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.

Photo: Shane Gustafson WMBD31 Twitter

Change Peoria and Illinois State Representative Jehan Gordon-Booth...

found tweets of At-Large Peoria City Councilwoman Beth Akeson disturbing and important enough to make a statement against them. However, the local newspaper has yet to run a single article on anything related to the unfortunate tweets that Akeson sent to the City of Peoria via the #Peoria hashtag.

First District Councilwoman Denise Moore, who reportedly thinks Akeson’s tweets reflect poorly on Peoria City Council, is the only member of the Council who has commented. Moore told 1470WMBD:
“Everyone is entitled to their opinion. One would hope that the opinion that someone expresses is based on having all the facts. In this particular case, I don’t believe that was the case. My hope is that she takes the time to become learned about issues prior to making such public statements.
Change Peoria is calling on Akeson to meet with Black Lives Matter Peoria, concerning the controversial tweets, which many view as racist. Members and supporters of BLMPeoria plan to attend tonight's City Council meeting in protest.

Akeson, has since planned a press conference for this afternoon at 1:00 p.m. at Peoria City Hall. The Open Discussion, which was planned with BLMPeoria and Akeson for Wednesday, August 10, 2016, has been postponed. Akeson will be a guest on WMBD’s Greg and Dan Show at 7:40 a.m. Wednesday. From the BLMPeoria Facebook page:

Click here to go to  BLMPeoria Facebook Page

Thursday, August 15, 2013

A little black boy went missing last night and the PPD has not put out an Amber Alert

I heard it on the scanner last night, when the call came in. I forgot about it until I heard Donny giving a verbal description of the boy on the news this morning. About ten minutes ago, the phone rang and they asked people to look out for the child and the old white man with a grey beard who took him.

The alert about the missing child is not on the front of the digital pjstar. I found this over on 1470 WMBD...

Advisory For Missing Peoria Boy
The state of Illinois has issued an endangered missing person advisory for an 8 year old Peoria boy, Marquell Johnson. He has been missing from his home in the 800 block of South Western since 7:00 Wednesday night.

Marquell was last seen in an alley on South Western. He is a black male, 4'3, 70 pounds, wearing a red shirt, blue shorts, and black sneakers. He has a birthmark in the shape of a fish on his right arm.

The boy is austistic and has a speech impediment. He may have been abducted by a white male, 5'9, 160 pounds, with gray hair and a beard.

If you have any information about Marquell Johnson's whereabouts, call the Peoria Police Department, Crimestoppers, or 911.