Perhaps the most controversial member of the Richmond Reimagining Public Safety Task Force and a darling of the Richmond Progressive Alliance, Antioch City Council Member Tamisha Torres-Walker (Richmond Reimagine Public Safety Task Force Member Tamisha Walker Calls for Hiring More Police in Antioch, July 19, 2021), is back in the news today.
According to East County Today:
The Antioch Police Department responded to the home of Antioch City Councilwoman Tamisha Torres-Walker on Saturday after neighbors complained noise and gunshots being fired.
The incident occurred at approximately 12:30 am Saturday on Gary Avenue where police received a report of a large party, noise complaints and shots fired. Police confirmed around the same time as the call from a neighbor, shot spotter picked up 7 rounds fired. Upon arrival, 7 shell casings were located in front of her home—no injuries were reported.
Police said they were met by what appeared to be an intoxicated homeowner (Torres-Walker) who refused to cooperate while stating “Antioch Police could not be trusted”.
At 1:35 am, police received a second call stating the person responsible for the earlier shooting returned and went inside the home.
Police were unable to make contact to investigate the shooting.
No other information has been released.
3:00 pm UPDATE: Mayor Lamar Thorpe issues Statement
“I have been briefed about a recent incident involving the Antioch Police Department and Councilmember Torres-Walker. As the mayor of the city of Antioch, I am requesting that Councilmember Torres-Walker immediately step down from her role as the chair of the Antioch Police Oversight Committee.
As elected officials, we do not have to always agree on issues, but we must always agree on the fact that we must set an example for the rest of the city and treat our public employees with respect and dignity for their contributions to our community.”
Note – a formal request for the body camera footage has been submitted.
It is past time for the Richmond Reimagining Public Safety Task Force to fold up and go away, but the Richmond City Council majority extended its life for another year.