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Prostitution scandal brings self- imposed NCAA Tournament ban of University of Louisville's men basketball team as the NCAA continues to investigate....The scandal broke via a tell-all book by escort Katina Powell titled "Breaking Cardinal Rules"

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Pictured is self-proclaimed escort Katina Powell, whose tell-all book titled "Breaking Cardinal Rules" unleashed a prostitution scandal at the University of Louisville and claims that team staffers paid thousands of dollars for sex for players and recruits to the NCAA Division I basketball team. The Cardinals took home the NCAA championship title in 2013 under head coach Rick Pitino, who has denied prior knowledge of the sex scandal. But on Friday the university banned post season play for 2016, hoping to minimize any penalties that a pending NCAA investigation my bring. The Commonwealth Attorney's office is investigating possible crimes relative to the controversy and has begun issuing subpoenas.

 

By Kathy Wray Coleman, editor-in-chief, Cleveland Urban News. Com and the Cleveland Urban News.Com Blog, Ohio's Most Read Online Black Newspaper and Newspaper Blog. Tel: 216-659-0473. Email:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Coleman is a 23-year political, legal and investigative journalist who trained for 17 years, and under six different editors, at the Call and Post Newspaper in Cleveland, Ohio. (www.clevelandurbannews.com) /(www.kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com). CLICK HERE TO GO TO KATHY WRAY COLEMAN AT GOOGLE PLUS WHERE SHE HAS SOME 2.5 MILLION INTERNET VIEWS alone.


Black Journalist Kathy Wray Coleman interviewed now President Barack Obama one-on-one when he was running for president. CLICK HERE TO READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE AT CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM, OHIO'S LEADER IN BLACK DIGITAL NEWS


CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM-LOUISVILLE, Kentucky-A 2016 postseason ban against the University of Louisville men's basketball team that will keep the team, which has an 18-4 record and is in second place in the competitive Atlantic Coast Conference, out of possible play in the NCAA Tournament, was imposed by the university on Friday amid a prostitution scandal.


“The University of Louisville determined that it was reasonable to conclude that violations had occurred in the men’s basketball program in the past,” said U of L President  James R. Ramsey in a press release where he said also that he still has confidence in head coach Rick Pitino and athletic director Tom Jurich.

 

Head coach at the University of Louisville since 2001, Pitino, who is not new to scandals, led the Cardinals to the 2013 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship.

 

That year the Cardinals defeated the Michigan Wolverines 82-76 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgia to take home the coveted college basketball title.


Meanwhile, the Commonwealth's Attorney's office and the NCAA continue to investigate claims that former U of L basketball staffer Andre McGee, allegedly without Pitino's knowledge, arranged for escorts and sex for players and recruits, allegations outlined in a scathing book titled "Breaking Cardinal Rules."


McGee is is Black, and now an assistant coach at the University of Missouri, Kansas City.

 

The tell-all book at issue was published by Indianapolis Business Journal Book Publishing

and released last October.


It is written by Katina Powell, 43, who is Black, and says that she, her three daughters, ages 15, 17 and 19 at the time, and other escorts were paid thousands of dollars for their services between 2010-14.


In the book Powell says she was paid some $10,000 to arrange the consensual sex during the four-year period.


Pitino, 63, denies any prior knowledge of the prostitution claims, and said that he stands behind his players, and his record as a winning coach.


The NCAA could levy harsher punishment to the college team of a college town in the state of Kentucky that can brag of NCAA championship titles along with the University of Kentucky Wildcats out of Lexington, Kentucky, the state's second largest city behind Louisville, the hometown of boxing international boxing legend Muhammad Ali.

 

Powell has a pending lawsuit against the university and others and says that she is prepared to go to jail if necessary, and a group of students has sued Powell saying her claims have hurt the reputation of the university and thus, their educational future, the latter suit of which some  legal experts have dubbed absolutely "frivolous."


Whether Powell and the other female escorts can be criminally prosecuted while former and current team officials and U of L basketball players and recruits that participated in the alleged prostitution ring go free remains to be seen, if any charges come at all as a result of the nationally- watched fiasco.(www.clevelandurbannews.com) / (www.kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com).

Last Updated on Monday, 08 February 2016 16:21

Maurice White, Earth, Wind & Fire singer and co-founder, dead at 74

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Earth, Wind and Fire vocalist and co-founder Maurice White (pictured) died in his sleep in Los Angeles on Wednesday evening. A rep for the band confirmed his passing to Rolling Stone. He was 74.
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Cleveland Police Commission Co-Chair Dr. Rhonda Williams invites community to open meeting with lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community on February 3, 2016 at 6:30 pm at 6600 Detroit Avenue....Studies show that police harass the LGBT community

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Pictured is Dr. Rhonda Y. Williams, co-chair of the Cleveland Community Police Commission

 

By Kathy Wray Coleman, editor-in-chief, Cleveland Urban News. Com and the Cleveland Urban News.Com Blog, Ohio's Most Read Online Black Newspaper and Newspaper Blog. Tel: 216-659-0473. Email:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Coleman is a 23-year political, legal and investigative journalist who trained for 17 years, and under six different editors, at the Call and Post Newspaper in Cleveland, Ohio. (www.clevelandurbannews.com) / (www.kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com). CLICK HERE TO GO TO KATHY WRAY COLEMAN AT GOOGLE PLUS WHERE SHE HAS SOME 2.5 MILLION INTERNET VIEWS alone.


CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM-CLEVELAND, Ohio- The Cleveland Community Police Commission,  a group recently formed per the court-monitored consent decree between the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the city of Cleveland on police reforms, will hold a public meeting from 6:30 pm -8:30 pm on Wednesday, Feb. 3 at  the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Community (LGBT) Center of Greater Cleveland at 6600 Detroit Avenue on the city's west side.

Established in 1975, the mission of the LGBT Community Center is "to create a community that celebrates the inherent worth and dignity of every person regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, and inclusive of class, race and ability."

According to a press release to Cleveland Urban News.Com from police commission co-chair Dr. Rhonda Y. Williams, also an associate professor of history at Case Western Reserve University, the event is part of the police commission's bias free policing initiative, and the community is encouraged to attend and to make recommendations to the commission.

A 2015 study by the Williams Institute, a national think tank at the UCLA School of Law, found that discrimination by law enforcement across the country against the LGBT community is an ongoing and pervasive problem, and LGBT members of greater Cleveland have complained at community forums led by Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson and other city officials that Cleveland police have allegedly harassed them.

Today's meeting comes on the heels of a demand by the Cleveland NAACP for Cleveland Patrolmen's Association President Steve Loomis to resign from the 13-member police commission after he made harsh and derogatory public statements against two unarmed Blacks gunned down in 2012 by 13 non-Black cops in response to the recent firings and suspensions of several of them.

Loomis has refused to step down and did not attend a police commission meeting held last month at the Harvard Community Services Center in Cleveland that drew community activists that also want the union head to resign from the commission. (www.clevelandurbannews.com) / (www.kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com).
Last Updated on Monday, 08 February 2016 01:08
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Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders in dead heat in Iowa Democratic Caucuses, though the Clinton campaign has since declared victory, Cruz wins over Trump for the Republicans with Ohio GOP governor John Kasich placing seventh.

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Pictured are Hillary Clinton, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders (wearing eye glasses), and Texas Senator Ted Cruz

 

By Kathy Wray Coleman, editor-in-chief, Cleveland Urban News. Com and the Cleveland Urban News.Com Blog, Ohio's Most Read Online Black Newspaper and Newspaper Blog. Tel: 216-659-0473. Email:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Coleman is a 23-year political, legal and investigative journalist who trained for 17 years, and under six different editors, at the Call and Post Newspaper in Cleveland, Ohio. (www.clevelandurbannews.com) / (www.kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com). CLICK HERE TO GO TO KATHY WRAY COLEMAN AT GOOGLE PLUS WHERE SHE HAS SOME 2.5 MILLION INTERNET VIEWS alone.

 

Black Journalist Kathy Wray Coleman interviewed now President Barack Obama one-on-one when he was running for president. CLICK HERE TO READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE AT CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM, OHIO'S LEADER IN BLACK DIGITAL NEWS


CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM-DES MOINES, Iowa- Hillary Clinton and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders are in a dead heat at the Iowa Democratic Caucuses, which were held Monday in Des Moines, Iowa, and GOP presidential candidate Texas Sen.Ted Cruz stunned pundits and beat Donald Trump in Iowa, and the long line of presidential hopefuls seeking the Republican nomination for president.


Clinton and Sanders were virtually tied throughout the night.

 

With 95 percent of the vote counted Clinton had  49.8 percent, and Sanders, 49.6 percent, giving Clinton a fraction of a lead by two tenths of one percent.


At midnight, no winner between the two leading Democrats had been determined, though Clinton had 22 delegates, and Sanders, 21.


Former Maryland governor Martin O'Malley got only one percent and has suspended his campaign for the Democratic nomination.


(Editor's' note: The Clinton campaign has since declared victory. Iowa election officials, on Tuesday, confirmed her win, and the tightest race in the state's history).

 

"Wow what a night, an unbelievable night," said Clinton. "There is so much at stake in this election."


Clinton said that she is a "progressive who gets things done for people."


The former first lady and prior secretary of state said that the status quo is not enough, and ended her speech, saying let's go win the nomination, and "thank you all and God bless you."


Sanders, who last month was more than 40 points behind Clinton in Iowa, was the last of the presidential candidates from both parties in the top tier to speak, and took to the stage with his wife Jane by his side while supporters chanted "feel the Bern."


Sanders said that nine months ago he came to Iowa with no political organization, and no money.


"While the votes are not complete, it looks like we will have half of the Iowa delegates," said Sanders. "The people of Iowa have sent a very profound message."


He said that given the crisis in America, it is too late for establishment economics and establishment politics, and that Americans must fight to protect the philosophy of one person one vote, and not billionaires.


It remains to be seen whether Sanders can keep up the momentum in southern states like South Carolina that is 63 percent White and 27 percent Black,  unlike Iowa, which is 91 percent White and three percent Black.


Sanders is favored for New Hampshire, also a White state like Iowa, and Clinton is expected to win over Sanders in South Carolina and Nevada, and on Super Tuesday.


But California is the state that could bring another close race between the pair, political pundits have said.


For the Republicans, Cruz finished with 46,407 votes or 28 percent followed by  24 percent for Trump, 23.9 percent for Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, and nine percent for retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, the only Black in the race.


Rubio's third place finish makes him a contender, no doubt, and he gave a moving speech, highlighting his  humble beginnings and rise as a child from a working class family to the U.S. Senate.


In spite of an endorsement for the New York Times, Ohio Gov John Kasich finished seventh, and with only two percent of the vote.


Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee came in ninth place out of 11 Republican presidential hopefuls, and announced that he is suspending his campaign.


A freshman senator in Congress and a devout evangelical, Cruz was not favored several months ago to win in Iowa, but his conservative political platform and aggressive campaigning brought him a victory yesterday.


"God bless the great state of Iowa," said Cruz during his victory speech. "Tonight is a victory for the grassroots."


Cruz said that Iowans sent a message in making him the GOP winner Monday night and that the next Republican nominee will not be chosen by the media, the lobbyists, or the Washington establishment.


Trump , who lost to Cruz by 6, 232 votes, was diplomatic, a departure from is customary divisive rhetoric that has strained relations with GOP insiders.


"I absolutely love the people of Iowa," said Trump, adding that the next fight is New Hampshire.


Trump said that "we will go on to beat Hillary or Bernie or whoever they put up there"


Following Iowa, the election dates for 2016, up to and including the Ohio primary for both parties are as follows:

  • February 1: Iowa caucus (both parties)
  • February 9: New Hampshire primary (both parties)
  • February 20: Nevada Democratic caucuses and South Carolina Republican primary
  • February 23: Nevada Republican caucuses
  • February 27: South Carolina Democratic primary
  • March 1: Super Tuesday: Primaries/caucuses for both parties in several states
  • March 8: Idaho caucuses and primary
  • March 15: Ohio primary (both parties)

 

 

 

 

 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 February 2016 00:41
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President Obama bans solitary confinement for juveniles in federal prisons, prohibits it for adults confined for low-level infractions, and reduces confinement from 365 to 60 days for a first offense...People of color make up 60 percent of prison inmates

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By Kathy Wray Coleman, editor-in-chief, Cleveland Urban News. Com and the Cleveland Urban News.Com Blog, Ohio's Most Read Online Black Newspaper and Newspaper Blog. Tel: 216-659-0473. Email:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Coleman is a 23-year political, legal and investigative journalist who trained for 17 years, and under six different editors, at the Call and Post Newspaper in Cleveland, Ohio. (www.clevelandurbannews.com) / (www.kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com). CLICK HERE TO GO TO KATHY WRAY COLEMAN AT GOOGLE PLUS WHERE SHE HAS SOME 2.5 MILLION INTERNET VIEWS alone.


Black Journalist Kathy Wray Coleman interviewed now President Barack Obama one-on-one when he was running for president. CLICK HERE TO READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE AT CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM, OHIO'S LEADER IN BLACK DIGITAL NEWS


CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM-WASHINGTON, D.C.- President Barack Obama, on Monday, issued a ban on solitary confinement for juvenile offenders in the federal prison system as part of a series of executive actions that also prohibit solitary confinement for low-level infractions for adults, and reduces the number of days a prisoner can be in

confinement for a first offense from 365 to 60 days.


Roughly 10,000 federal prisoners are serving time in solitary confinement, though only a handful are juveniles.

 

The reforms, which include a host of other initiatives, come six months after a study by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) on solitary confinement and other unconstitutional infractions in the nation's' federal prisons.

The U.S.has the largest prison population in the world.

And while people of color make up about 30 percent of the United States population, they account for roughly 60 percent of those imprisoned in state and federal facilities across the country, and are disproportionately Black males, according to the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics

America's first Black president and the first sitting president to visit a federal prison, Obama said that the public policy changes on solitary confinement are necessary to address the psychological impact of unnecessary and excessive solitary confinement.


“How can we subject prisoners to unnecessary solitary confinement, knowing its effects, and then expect them to return to our communities as whole people?” the president wrote in an op-ed ad published Tuesday in the Washington Post.

Last summer the president visited the El Reno Federal Penitentiary in Oklahoma where he met with inmates. Also housed there is former Democratic Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, who is serving a 28-year sentence for crimes in office when he was mayor, a sentence that Blacks traditionally view as malicious, partisan bound, and racially motivated. (www.clevelandurbannews.com) / (www.kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com).

Last Updated on Monday, 01 February 2016 19:55

Cleveland police officers and detectives fired, including officer Michael Brelo, and six suspended as to the 137 shots deadly police shooting of unarmed Blacks Malissa Williams and Timothy Russell....The police union vows to vacate the firings

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Pictured are Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson (wearing beard and eye glasses), Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas Judge John P. O'Donnell (in sky blue tie), Cleveland Police Patrolman Michael Brelo (in blue shirt), Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Tim McGinty (in red-pink tie with polka dots), Community activist Art McKoy (in red, black and green turban), 137 shots unarmed Cleveland police fatal shooting victim Malissa Williams (in white shirt), and 137 shots unarmed Cleveland police fatal shooting victim Timothy Russell (in dark blue sweatshirt).


By Kathy Wray Coleman, editor-in-chief, Cleveland Urban News. Com and the Cleveland Urban News.Com Blog, Ohio's Most Read Online Black Newspaper and Newspaper Blog. Tel: 216-659-0473. Email:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Coleman is a 23-year political, legal and investigative journalist who trained for 17 years, and under six different editors, at the Call and Post Newspaper in Cleveland, Ohio. (www.clevelandurbannews.com) / (www.kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com). CLICK HERE TO GO TO KATHY WRAY COLEMAN AT GOOGLE PLUS WHERE SHE HAS SOME 2.5 MILLION INTERNET VIEWS alone.

 

CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM-CLEVELAND, Ohio- Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson, who is Black, has fired several of of 13 non-Black Cleveland cops, including officer Michael Brelo, that gunned down unarmed Blacks Malissa Williams and Timothy Russell in 2012 slinging 137 bullets and following a high speed car chase that began in downtown Cleveland and ended in neighboring East Cleveland. Two detectives were also fired.


Community activists say that the mayor did not go far enough.


"All of them should have been fired," said Ted Guerry, a longtime community activist with the local grassroots group Black on Black Crime Inc.


Six others, four police officers and two detectives, were suspended, though not all six of them were necessarily among the shooters.


Brelo, 32, was the only police officer at issue indicted by a county grand jury and was acquitted last May of two counts of voluntary manslaughter in a bench trial before Common Pleas Judge John O'Donnell, now a Democratic candidate for an open seat on the Ohio Supreme Court.


Also fired were officers Wilfredo Diaz, Brian Sabolik and Michael Farley, and detectives Christopher Ereg and Erin O'Donnell.


Patrolmen Paul Box, Cynthia Moore, Randy Patrick and Scott Sistek and Detective William Salupo were suspended for 21 days, and detective Michael Rinkus was suspended for 23 days.


Another police officer retired to avoid discipline, and at least one detective that participated in the fatal shooting deaths was not disciplined at all.


It is not clear in totality which officers and detectives that were either fired or suspended are among those that did the actual 137 shots shooting, and by design, sources told Cleveland Urban News.Com, Ohio's most read digital Black newspaper.


Cleveland Police Patrolmen's Association (CPPA) President Steve Loomis vows to win back his union colleagues jobs and said yesterday that he will take action "immediately and aggressively."


That process begins with the filing of grievances under the collective bargaining agreement between the city and the CPPA union.


If the grievances are denied an arbitrator or  a judge or panel of judges will ultimately decide, if the arbitrator's award of decision is appealed to the common pleas court and then to the Ohio Eighth District Court of Appeals.


The disciplinary case could very well end up in the Ohio Supreme Court, though state law, and case law from the high court, give arbitrators much authority, and their decisions, officially termed awards, are rarely vacated, even when they arbitrarily go against the expressed provisions of the collective bargaining agreement.


Seventy-one protestors were arrested the day of the controversial officer Michael Brelo acquittal verdict, the lone officer of the 13 shooters that got indicted on felony manslaughter charges. And the verdict in his favor by Judge O'Donnell has heightened racial unrest in the largely Black major American city.

 

In December 2014 the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), the chief law enforcement arm of  led by U.S Attorney General Loretta Lynch, the nation's first Black attorney general, found systemic problems in the largely White Cleveland Police Department, including a lack of training, and cruel and unusual punishment against women, children, and the mentally ill.


A court-monitored consent decree between the city and the federal government for police reforms was reached by the parties in June of last year.


The city of Cleveland settled a notorious wrongful death and police excessive force lawsuit for $3 million to be split between the families of the two victims.


Cleveland Civil Rights and Constitutional Attorney Terry Gilbert, the appointed lawyer for the estate of Russell, who is survived by a grown mentally ill son, said in a previous one-on-one interview with Cleveland Urban News.Com that money is not enough to appease the Cleveland community.


"The fight is just really beginning," said Gilbert at the time.


Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Tim McGinty, who is White, told reporters during a press conference on the grand jury indictment relative to Brelo that his office did not recommend any charges to the grand jury as to the other 12 police officers that did the shooting and escaped indictments, 11 White and one Hispanic.


That posture has upset community activists.


Local community activist Art McKoy, who has led rallies against the deadly shooting since 2012 and who has called for McGinty, a former common pleas judge of 19 years, to resign or to be voted out of office this year, told Cleveland Urban News.Com that "McGinty must go."


McGinty faces Michael O'Malley for the March 15 Democratic primary and is under fire from greater Cleveland community activists, the Cleveland NAACP, and Black leaders and clergy for his handling of the case, as well as the case of 12-year-old Tamir Rice.


The two White Cleveland cops who gunned Rice down in 2014, Timothy Loehmann and Frank Garmback, also escaped grand jury indictments on criminal charges with McGinty's help. But they await possible discipline.


Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge, a vocal opponent of the embattled county prosecutor, has endorsed O'Malley.


"The neo- Nazi's won and it is unbelievable that only one police officer faced felony charges and the other 12 got away with killing two unarmed Black people," said community activist Pierre Nappier, who says that all 13 of the Cleveland cops who fired shots as to the Russell-Williams deadly shooting should have been indicted on felony murder charges and fired.


The '137 shots,' as it has come to be known to the Black community, began in downtown Cleveland the night of Nov 29, 2012 when police say Russell's  car backfired and it was mistaken as a shot fired at police.


Community activists have said that that claim is outright bogus.


The 22-mile high speed chase that circled the city before taking ground in East Cleveland drew some 105 police officers and 64 police cruisers, both Williams and Russell, who were not wanted by the law, fleeing for their lives, the family attorneys have said.

 

Of the 105 police officers, other than those suspended or fired this week, 63 were suspended from one to 10 days. Additional suspensions, likely for less than two months, are forthcoming, city officials have said.


Brelo jumped aboard the hood of the 1979 Chevy Malibu driven by Russell and fired 49 shots through the front windshield, though by then the car was stopped, and even Prosecutor McGinty admitted to reporters that neither Williams nor Russell, both of them homeless with substance abuse problems, posed any immediate threat.


The 13 police officers at issue, including Brelo, proceeded to shoot the collective 137 bullets even when they were directed by police supervisors to yield. All of the Black officers ultimately involved in the car chase did, in fact, yield.


No gun was found at the deadly scene at Heritage Middle School where the chase ended.


Russell, 43, and Williams, 30, a passenger in the car,  were gunned down in a fetal position in Russell's shot up car, Russell shot 23 times, and Williams, 24.


Also charged, but on second degree misdemeanor charges of dereliction of duty, were five White police supervisors in a case now before East Cleveland Municipal Court Judge William Dawson, the brother of Cleveland Fox8 morning news anchor Wayne Dawson. They have all pleaded not guilty and are sergeants Patricia Coleman, Randolph Daley, Jason Edens, Michael Donegan and Lt.Paul Wilson. And all of them are still employed and on the job.(www.clevelandurbannews.com) / (www.kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com).


 

Last Updated on Sunday, 31 January 2016 03:51

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Michael Brown attorney to represent family of Tamir Rice, the 12-year-old whom Cleveland police killed, attorneys call for Mayor Frank Jackson to fire safety director Michael McGrath and former safety director Martin Flask, now a chief assistant to the mayor, attorneys also want community oriented police advisory board and say the family does not trust Cleveland police to indict the White police officer that killed Rice

 

Samaria Rice, the mother of Tamir Rice along side Benjamin Crump, Leonard Warner and Walter Madison speaks during a news conference in Cleveland

 

Samaria Rice, the mother of Tamir Rice, the 12-year old boy who was fatally shot by police speaks during a news conference at the Olivet Institutional Baptist Church in Cleveland on Dec. 8, 2014. To the left of Samaria Rice is Rice family Attorney Benjamin Crump, who also represents the families of slain Black unarmed teens  Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown.  To the right of Sanaria Rice is Akron based attorney Walter Madison, who will assist Crump in the controversial case that has caused racial unrest in the largely Black major metropolitan city of Cleveland. Photo by Aaron Josedczyk—Reuters

CLICK HERE TO READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE AT CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM, OHIO'S LEADER IN BLACK DIGITAL NEWS : BREAKING NEWS ARTICLE: Cleveland police officers and detectives fired, including officer Michael Brelo, and six suspended as to the 137 shots deadly shooting of unarmed Blacks Malissa Williams and Timothy Russell.....Not all of the cops that did the shooting were fired....The firings should be vacated the police union says, which likely means arbitration ....A consent decree on police reforms with the city and the DOJ remains....Community activists renew the call for Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Tim McGinty, who shielded 12 of the 13 non-Black cops that did the shooting from criminal charges, to be voted out of office this year, and Congresswoman Fudge wants McGinty gone too.....Common Pleas Judge John O'Donnell acquitted Brelo of manslaughter charges....By www.clevelandurbannews.com editor-in-chief Kathy Wray Coleman

Cleveland police cars chase two unarmed Blacks from downtown Cleveland to neighboring East Cleveland the night of Nov. 29, 2012. The 23 -minute car chase ended in the parking lot of Heritage Middle School and culminated in 13 non- Black Cleveland police officers firing a total of 137 bullets at Malissa Williams 30, and Timothy Ray Russell, 43, the driver of the 1979 Chevy Malibu. Both Russell and Williams were Black, and both died at the scene.  Some 105 police officers and 64 police cruisers participated at some level in the deadly chase.