Father of Fallen Toledo Police Officer To Run For City Council

Tony Dia hopes to bring his law enforcement experience to council with disdain for police reform.

Tony Dia speaks during a press conference, following the death of his son. (Jaden Jefferson)

TOLEDO, Ohio — Tony Dia, the father of the late Anthony Dia, is running for Toledo City Council. 4 city council seats are up for grabs following the arrests of Yvonne Harper, Larry Sykes, Tyrone Riley and Gary Johnson on bribery and extortion charges, but Dia is running as a Republican against incumbent Katie Moline.

Dia made the announcement this morning and plans to bring his law enforcement experience to council as many Americans become activists for police reform and council members pass police reform legislation.

Soon after the announcement that he had joined the race, reports surfaced that show prior convictions from 2014 related to a state investigation into Platinum Kisses, a strip club on Telegraph Road.

During a press conference following the death of his son, Dia said that local officials including the mayor, don’t know about policing practices and shouldn’t be passing legislation to change those controversial practices. He said that police reform isn’t needed just because of a few bad apples, which has been the defense from anti-police reform advocates and police unions.

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