Official Public Statement from Council Member Will Kyles Regarding Employee Discipline in Vine Street Incident

In response to the release of information concerning the employee discipline for the Vine Street Incident, Council Member Will Kyles made the following statement:

“Based on the fact that two out of the three additional reports revealed that there was a policy violation, with that policy violation being a contributing factor in death, I do not believe that the discipline is severe enough.”

Kyles continued, “Saying that, I believe that IFOP’s press release was one-sided, did not take all factors into account, and paints the Champaign Police Department in a light that hampers and hinders any hope for better Police-Community relations. Beyond that, my deepest hope is that the Champaign community digs deep, police officers included, and fight to change perceptions and realities for a better tomorrow.”