Read my version of the police report here. I have not read the Journal Star version of the police report, which was printed after mine.
I will say this:
I have been reading Peoria police reports, one and off, for more than 10 years. I have been reading police reports in communities all across Illinois and Missouri for more than 30 years. So maybe I am a liiiiittttle but more familiar with them than the folks who read about Council Member Beth Akeson’s little run-in with the angry driver and jump to the conclusion she is in the wrong.
- It is not unusual in the slightest for there to be NO ARREST is a threat case like this where there is no tangible evidence that can be brought to court that indicates a threat was made — a witness or a recording of some kind. I read a similar report just about ever single time I visit the police station. The lack of arrest does not show the police did not believe Akeson.
- Akeson has every right to photograph anything she sees happening on a public street while she is walking on a public street. Just as I do. Just as readers do. If I saw a dude I knew was not a city employee digging up dirt from public land and i had a camera handy, I might take a picture too.
- I was once chased 8 miles up U.S. route 45 from Pesotum, IL to Tolono, IL by a guy who was upset I stood in the street and photographed his house and yard — after a police report was filed by his neighbor who was upset at vulgar yard signs directed at the neighbor, who had called the cops on his illegal auto-repair business. I pulled up to a stop in front of the newspaper office and the guy slowed down then drove off. I waved at him.
- People who chase other people in cars because they don’t like pictures being taken of their illegal activities are thugs. People who criticize the victims are little better.