Call for Sykes’ resignation goes nationalWritten by Amanda Tindall | | firstname.lastname@example.org
A national police association has joined the regional organizations calling for Toledo City Councilman Larry Sykes’ resignation.
The International Union of Police Associations, AFL-CIO (IUPA) issued a statement May 28 in support of the Toledo Police Patrolman’s Association (TPPA), calling for Sykes to resign after an internal police investigation found his claims of police profiling at a recent traffic stop to be unfounded.
IUPA called on its entire membership, especially police units in Ohio, to stand with the TPPA on this issue.
“We represent the officers in Toledo,” IUPA Public Information Officer Rich Roberts said. “I don’t understand where this guy is coming from, other than from a personal vendetta. This man has maligned a couple of decent officers. Fortunately, the investigation has cleared them completely.”
In a letter to Sykes, Sam Cabral, president of the IUPA, said Sykes used his interaction with two police officers at an April traffic stop to “foment racial tensions in the City of Toledo and to malign two officers – publicly.”
Roberts reiterated the results of the Internal Affairs investigation report, which found Sykes was clearly violating Ohio state law as his back license plate was obscured and his front plate was missing.
“We saw some serious inconsistencies in Sykes statements,” Roberts said. “For whatever reason he decided to make this claim, it cost the city time and money with the investigation.”
The Internal Affairs investigation was prompted by a letter Sykes sent to Toledo Police Chief William Morton, in which Sykes claimed two police officers pulled him over without cause and that it was case of “profiling.” The investigation report found Sykes’ claims to be unfounded.
“We will rely very heavily on our police on the ground,” Roberts said. “But we’ll be keeping a very close eye on this one.”
Toledo City Council members Mike Craig, Paula Hicks-Hudson and Jack Ford declined to comment on the call for Sykes’ resignation.
Sykes and Council members Tyrone Riley, Matt Cherry, Tom Waniewski, Lindsay Webb, Theresa Gabriel, Rob Ludeman, Sandy Spang and Steven Steel did not immediately return a request for comment.