Local Police Reports

Rich District 227 Candidate Komaa S. Mnyofu Arrested

Matteson, IL-(ENEWSPF)- From the Southtown Star:

A Rich Township High School District 227 school board candidate who filed his nominating papers Monday is facing disorderly conduct charges for an incident at Lincoln Mall this month when he was arrested while collecting signatures to get his name on the ballot.

Komaa S. Mnyofu, 53, 3901 Tower Drive, Richton Park, was arrested Dec. 5 at the Matteson mall and charged with disorderly conduct, Matteson police said.

“I know the mayor, chief of police, and I’m going to sue you for violating my rights,” he said during the incident, according to police. “Go ahead and touch me, Go ahead and touch me so I can sue you. I know a whole bunch of people.”

Mnyofu, who also is suing the district in a federal lawsuit, was one of nine candidates to file nominating petitions for the District 227 school board Monday morning. Cheryl M. Coleman, Gail Burks, Shelia Whorton, Reginald D. Ford, Carmen Green, Constance E. Means, Shapell D. Smith and incumbent Emmanuel Imoukhuede also filed their petitions. The seats of Imoukhuede, Tony Brunson, and Jacqueline Upshaw are up for election.

According to a report, police were called to the scene when Mnyofu and a 50-year-old Olympia Fields man refused to leave the mall after being told the mall’s policy prohibited them from passing out campaign literature. Mall property is not considered a public way and soliciting, as well as loitering, are not permitted, according to police.

When confronted by mall security, Mnyofu grew angry and began yelling and shouting obscenities, police said. Mnyofu also made inappropriate comments about a police officer’s mother, police said. The disturbance caused a mother and her family to leave part of the mall so Mnyofu and the 50-year-old man were removed.