Akron Mayor Don Plusquellic
isn't known for being a delicate man. So when the Akron Beacon Journal
inferred that he was a cowering sissy
in Wednesday's paper, the Don was taken aback.
criticism comes on the heels of the Akron Police Department's most recent PR disaster.
When 19-year-old Demetrus Vinson was gunned down last Saturday, police released a statement, admitting its officers did the shooting. But by Monday, the story changed after Summit County Medical Examiner Lisa Kohler ruled Vinson had been killed by his own gun. The shift in plot had over 200 people swarming a City Council meeting in protest, leaving the city in fear of race riots.
Plusquellic knew that the controversy over Vinson's death would be the focal point of his regular Wednesday press conference. But when he abruptly cancelled the meeting, the Akron Beacon Journal
reported that the mayor was hiding from the sensitive subject.
Plusequellic quickly rescheduled a conference for Thursday. But before he got to questions about Vinson, he made sure to dress down Beacon City Hall reporter John Higgins, calling him a downright liar.
Higgins' rendering of his Pluquellic punk down in today's Beacon
is beyond hilarious. Take this excerpt:
"He said the Beacon Journal
should have an investigator 'talk about the kinds of stories that you write, John. Because as far I'm concerned, you're just as dirty in your writing as what some of the cops have been accused of doing because you don't care about truth.'"
Go, Don! — Denise Grollmus