Note to Readers: We encourage our readers who want to get involved to call the Richland County District Attorney‘s office at 419-774-5676 and urge the prosecutors to immediately drop the charges against Mr. Skidmore, or alternatively follow the police recommendation of $7,500 bail, not $100,000 bail.
Regular citizen and PINAC Correspondent Mike Skidmore has languished in the Richland County jail since the incident caught in a viral video this past Wednesday night.
Now the Richland Ohio County Commission is resuming the secret meeting they wanted last Wednesday without Skidmore, any other citizens in the room like the old man in the white shirt who barely flinched when bullets flew.
Local mainstream media isn’t welcome either.
Skidmore is the citizen who requested a meeting about local courthouse security is recorded here being assaulted by the very security agent in question.
Literally yanking his chain.
Mike Skidmore or any reasonable elder adult would fear for his life safety through the potential of strangulation or forceful breakage of the vertebrae when sturdy neck lanyard is grasped by an attacker such as Norris, the 6′ 3″ former cop turned security guard.
The arrest report (see below) also conveniently omitted the firearms discharge and called Skidmore “disorderly” but we’ll let you watch the video here and decide about that for yourself.
According to local reports from the Mansfield News Journal the secret meeting is just resuming now:
The Richland County Board of Commissioners is meeting in an emergency closed session this morning.
At 10:45 a.m., the following message was emailed to the News Journal and other media outlets by the commissioners’ clerk, Stacey Crall:
“The Richland County Board of Commissioners is holding an executive session today, Monday, July 13, 2015 at 10:45 a.m. The topic of the executive session is to discuss details relative to security arrangements an emergency response protocols for a public body or a public office, if disclosure of the matters discussed could reasonably be expected to jeopardize the security of the public body or public office.”
When questioned about the Ohio Open Meeting Law requirement that media be notified of meetings 24 hours in advance, Crall responded that today’s session is an emergency meeting: “I am sorry my error, I forgot to mention in the previous email the meeting the Board of Commissioners started at 10:45 a.m. is an emergency meeting.”
Ohio Revised Code, Section 121.22, regarding public meetings, states: “Members of a public body may hold an executive session only after a majority of a quorum of the public body determines, by a roll call vote, to hold an executive session and only at a regular or special meeting.”
This important context, that of a citizen going through due process to bring attention about a point of public interest to his elected officials, it had been lost amidst previous one sided reports, including the flawed arrest report at the bottom of this report.
This journal has also been contacted by the staff of metropolitan mainstream media outlets who are horrified that Mr. Skidmore was assaulted by security in a meeting about their practices called to his elected officials.
The State Attorney General’s office is reviewing the case at this time and until this morning had not been provided with the video released exclusively by PINAC over the weekend.
We encourage our readers who want to get involved to call the Richland County District Attorney‘s office at 419-774-5676 and urge the prosecutors to immediately drop the charges against Mr. Skidmore, or alternatively follow the police recommendation of $7,500 bail, not $100,000 bail.
Frankly, a man with his community ties should be released to his own recognizance without further trouble.