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Police union officially demanding Sykes resign

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The Toledo Police Patrolman’s Association is demanding councilman Larry Sykes (D) resign.

Last week, the president of the union made a public appeal; Monday, the union made a formal request in a letter to the councilman.

It is titled *Your Conduct Unbecoming and Dishonest* and it pulls no punches.

The letter was inspired by the April 24th traffic stop of Sykes by Toledo police officers Cranford and Sprott.

On the police cruiser dashcam video, released last week, shows Officer Cranford saying to Sykes during the traffic stop, “I could hardly read your license plate.”

Following the stop, during which Sykes was not cited even though he had no front plate and had a shaded covering over his back plate, Sykes demanded Toledo police investigate this as a case of profiling.

After an investigation, TPD determined Sykes’ charge of profiling was unfounded.

Two days later, Sykes apologized, saying, “If I’ve caused any misunderstanding, I sincerely apologize.  I support our police force.”

“I have been receiving phone calls non-stop everyday since this has occurred.”

Dan Wagner,  president of the TPPA, says his members did not buy the councilman’s apology and urged Wagner to press the issue.

This morning, Wagner sent a blistering letter to Sykes charging the councilman “…grossly and dishonestly distorted the facts.”

It also says the two officers involved are forever tarnished by Sykes’ “…libelous, irresponsible allegation.”

Wagner told 13abc, “We’ve asked him to step down;  if he doesn’t take the action, we’re asking council to censure him.”

Censure would simply mean council members would strongly disapprove of Sykes’ action in this matter; it would not affect his standing on council.

But Wagner believes this video shows Larry Sykes lacks leadership and judgment and has lost credibility.

He also insists the officers did nothing wrong, saying the dashcam tape shows, “they stopped him.  He checked out and they sent him on his way.”

Wagner believes Sykes could have caused real racial tension in Toledo over an incident that did not happen.

He says his police union members are willing to start a recall petition against Sykes… if Sykes doesn’t resign or council does not censure.

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