On Saturday August 1, 2020, The People’s Peaceful Protest (PPP) organizer Adam Fryer released the following statement in response to Geneva City Councilor At-Large Frank Gaglianese’s comments that he wished he’d been able to shoot and kill all of the attendees at a July 18th online teach-in on police accountability.
First and foremost, our hearts go out to everyone who attended the public forum hosted by HWS, including the PPP’s own, Akim Hudson. The PPP stands in solidarity with the educators, community members and representatives who continue to educate themselves on the urgent local & global concern of police accountability. None of us deserved to hear those kinds of remarks, nor did the people in the councilor’s company when he said it. Joking about murder and flat out refusing to listen to facts about an issue that is literally killing people of color at an alarming rate, is truly disturbing.
What’s also disturbing is that since the inception of the PPP, organizers and community members have been subject to consistent harassment from active GPD officers on social media. This included mocking, intimidation and threats, which are clearly violations of the GPD Social Media Policy. The police chief is certainly aware or the issue and has done nothing, to our knowledge, to stop or address the harassment, which continues to this very day. This further highlights the need for the Police Accountability Board, Councilor Gaglianese refuses to even entertain.
“Hot-Mic Gaglianese” has shown time and time again that he is willing to say whatever is necessary to appease whoever he is currently talking to. He promised me personally on multiple occasions to show his support for the PPP’s resolutions and talked about how great they were for almost an hour on a single call. When the day came to vote, he neither sponsored or voted for any of them and voiced his stubborn opposition, even forgetting to mute his “Bullshit” remark during a citizen’s public comment.
These last few months have laid everyone’s true selves bare for the world to see and he is clearly a liar, anti-accountability, and backing the police to an extremely ignorant and alarmingly dangerous degree. These are not traits befitting his office and not simply changed with an apology. He should resign or be removed.