Ald. Barbara Harrington-McKinney is asking the 14 colleagues who rushed to judgment accusing Ald. Paul Skidmore of uttering a gender-based profanity during the Council meeting on 09-02-2020 whether they will apologize. So far, none has. Ald. McKinney:
The analysis is complete. The investigation was conducted by USA Forensic LLC. The forensic IT analysis of the meeting proved inconclusive. The report’s author, Bryan Neumeister, said he was unable to pinpoint the speaker of the obscenity because the data provided from Zoom could not be analyzed precisely enough to link it to a specific IP address. Neumeister found that whoever uttered the word did so in close proximity to a microphone and likely wore a headset.
Absent of due process, 14 Alders signed and published a document naming and accusing Alder Paul Skidmore, Alder District 9 of uttering the slur and demanded his immediate apology and resignation from the Council. Alder Skidmore adamantly and consistently denied using the expletive in reference to resident Ms. Kilfoy-Flores. A complaint was filed against Ald. Paul Skidmore by Ms. Kilfoy-Flores. Alders immediately went on record requesting a public denouncement of the behavior; naming and demanding an apology from Alder Skidmore.
… With the release of the final report is there no consideration, accountability or apology due to Alder Paul Skidmore? … I asked Alder Skidmore had any of the 14 Alders who signed the petition rightly denouncing the derogatory statement leveled against Ms. Kilfoy-Flores and the public accusations naming him as the source of the statement reached out to him? Sadly, his answer was NO. Some alders were more ruthless in their accusations against Alder Skidmore than others. Now that the taint of the deplorable word seems to flow away from Alder Skidmore and questions the integrity of others how does it feel??
Ald. Harrington-McKinney’s Bottom Line: Alder Skidmore, I apologize for this painful experience. As a man of faith, I can only imagine the heavy burden such accusations have caused you and your family.