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Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams

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Pictured are Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson and

Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams



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CLICK HERE TO READ THE ENTIRE STORY AT CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM, OHIO'S LEADER IN BLACK DIGITAL NEWS: ARTICLE: Blacks denied indigent counsel in Cleveland Heights, Bedford and Berea courts in cases of alleged police and judicial harassment, and with support by Cleveland NAACP officials, the judges there will then issue warrants with excessive bonds up to $50,000 if the defendants refuse to represent themselves at hearings and at trial, the Cleveland NAACP is under investigation by the national headquarters

Pictured are Cleveland Heights Municipal Court Judge A. Deane Buchanan (in eyeglasses and judicial robe)), Berea Municipal Court Judge Mark Comstock (in judicial robe with no eyeglasses), and former Bedford Judge and convicted criminal and alleged former pimp Harry Jacob. ( during booking photo and in suit). Not pictured is Bedford judge Brian Melling.

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Did Black Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams sell out the Black community by telling CBS 60 minutes that the Cleveland Police Department has no systemic problems and no pattern of excessive force in opposition to DOJ findings to the contrary?

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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 (www.clevelandurbannews.com) / (www.kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com)

Kathy Wray Coleman is  a community activist and 21- year investigative journalist who trained for 17 years at the Call and Post Newspaper in Cleveland, Ohio.

CLEVELAND, Ohio-Cleveland's third Black police chief told 60 minutes during a 15 minute segment of controversial Cleveland police killings of Black people, including a 12-year-old boy, that the Cleveland Police Department does not have a pattern of excessive force and has no systemic problems in spite of  findings issued last month by the U.S. Department of Justice to the complete opposite.

The pro-police posture by Police Chief Calvin Williams (pictured) has no significance over the determination by federal officials, namely U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, because Williams is merely a city employee, and what some have called a lapdog of Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson.

Jackson is also Black and has balked at the DOJ findings in a manner similar to when some Black Cleveland Board of Education members decades ago resented the findings by then U.S. District Court Judge Frank Battisti of a violation by the city and state of Ohio of the equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment as to operating a dual school system to the detriment of Black children and their families. That desegregation court order resulted in cross town busing, a now defunct court order that was dissolved in 1998 followed by a state law that gave control of the city schools to the city mayor.

Now in the second year of a third-four year term Jackson, a former city council president. was first elected mayor of the majority Black major American city in 2005.

Whether Williams, a 29-year veteran of the largely White Cleveland police force, will be branded a sellout to the Black community remains to be seen.

Some greater Cleveland community activists said at a town hall meeting last week sponsored by the Greater Cleveland Civil and Human Rights Committee at the Cleveland Public Library Martin Luther King branch on police-community relations that they support Williams, "but will picket him if necessary."

High profile police killings of Blacks, from the shooting death last year by Cleveland police of 12-year-old Tamir Rice, to the killing last year of Tanisha Anderson while in police custody, and the November 2012 slaying by police slinging 137 bullets of unarmed Malissa Williams and Timothy Russell aired on the 60 minutes segment Sunday night.

CBS News Correspondent Bill Whitaker reported from Cleveland where he accompanies two of the the city's White officers on routine patrol on the city's largely Black east side and discusses the controversial policing issues that have caused racial unrest in the largely Black major metropolitan city. Those cops did not have a clue, data suggest, and both told Whitaker that they are afraid of Black people, particularly Black men.

Last Updated on Monday, 26 January 2015 07:37 Read more...

CBS 60 minutes to air Cleveland police killings of Tamir Rice, Tanisha Anderson, and 137 shots police victims Malissa Williams and Tim Russell, the segment runs Sunday, January 25 at 7 pm, new police chief Williams is interviewed by 60 minutes

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Pictured are Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson and Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams

 

From the Metro Desk of 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. (Kathy Wray Coleman is a 20-year investigative and political journalist and legal reporter who trained for 17 years at the Call and Post Newspaper, Ohio's Black press)

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CLEVELAND, Ohio-High profile police killings of Black people, from the shooting death last year by Cleveland police of 12-year-old Tamir Rice, to the killing last year of Tanisha Anderson while in police custody, and the November 2012 slaying by police slinging 137 bullets of unarmed Malissa Williams and Timothy Russell, will air tonight, January 25, at 7 pm Eastern Standard time on CBS in a segment on 60 minutes. (Editor's note: Rice was gunned down for sporting a toy gun at a public park on the city's west side).

CBS News Correspondent Bill Whitaker reports from Cleveland where he accompanies the city's law enforcement officers on routine patrol and discusses the controversial policing issues that have caused racial unrest in the largely Black major metropolitan city.

The city is steeped in poverty.

Fifty-four percent of Cleveland kids live below the poverty line, U.S. Census reports show, the second highest rate of any big city nationally. And Black Clevelanders  are disproportionately poor compared to their White counterparts.

Whitaker interviews Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams, among others, Williams admitting to Whitaker that there are some bad cops in Cleveland, and also saying that people in general like and respect Cleveland police, the latter of which is under question as tensions between police and the Black community continue to escalate.

The television segment comes on the heels of heated national and local protests against questionable police killings of Black men and boys, and  a scathing report issued last month by the U.S. Department Justice that found systemic problems in the largely White Cleveland Police Department.

The DOJ's findings on gross impropriety by Cleveland police, which were announced by U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and came following a 20-month investigation, are damning, from illegal deadly force killings, to vicious pistil whippings of adults and children, and "cruel and unusual punishment against the mentally ill."

A consent decree between the city and the federal government, and designed to address the DOJ findings, is in the workings.

Williams of Cleveland, who is Black and homegrown, was appointed by Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson in January of last year to replace former police chief Michael McGrath, who was promoted to replace ousted safety director Martin Flask, who got another high paying position, compliments of the mayor.

Williams had been a deputy police chief under McGrath and is the city's third Black police chief. He is paid $110,562 annually.

McGrath, who retired and was hired back by the city, got a raise of $10,000 to bring his annual salary to $127,720.

"We definitely want this city to be the best city in the United States," Williams, a 29-year veteran, told reporters after his appointment to police chief last year.

Flask, also a retiree that rejoined the Jackson administration, is now a special assistant to the mayor and earns $121,000 annually.

Both Flask and McGrath are White and are under fire as community activists, some Cleveland City Council members, the Cleveland Plain Dealer,  which is Ohio's largest newspaper, and the Call and Post, a Black Cleveland weekly, want the mayor to fire them.

Last Updated on Monday, 26 January 2015 04:45 Read more...

Community activists, Ohio ACLU, academicians to host town hall meeting on police brutality, women's issues, systemic problems in Cleveland Police Department from 1 pm to 4 pm on January 24 at the MLK branch public library in Cleveland

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CLEVELAND, Ohio- Community activists, academicians and officials of the OHIO ACLU will host an open-to-the public town hall meeting on police brutality, racism, equity for women and police reform on Saturday, January 24 from 1 pm to 4 pm at the Cleveland Public Library Martin Luther King Jr. Branch, 1962 Stokes Boulevard. A large crowd is expected and speakers include family members of police brutality victims,  a women's panel, Ohio ACLU representatives, youth affiliates, and community activists.

Light refreshments will be served and the media are invited beginning at 2 pm.

The event comes on the heels of findings by the U.S. Department of Justice of systemic problems in the largely White Cleveland Police Department, and the Cleveland police shooting death last year of 12-year-old Tamir Rice, who was gunned down at a public park for sporting a toy pellet gun.

Other high profile police killings include Tanisha Anderson,Daniel Ficker, and rapper Kenneth Smith.

The contact for the event, which is sponsored by the Greater Cleveland Civil and Human Rights Coalition, is Don Bryant at (216) 772-6788

Organizers said that the group is "responding to racism, police violence and systemic injustice."

"Everyone is invited," said Julia Shearson, executive director of the Cleveland Chapter of CAIR-Ohio.

Other speakers include a women's panel of Dr. Rhonda Williams, associate professor of history at Case Western University, Norma Jean Freeman of the Social Justice Committee , Shakyra Diaz, who is an Ohio ACLU policy manager, Kathy Wray Coleman of the Imperial Women Coalition and Cleveland Urban News.Com, Genevieve Mitchell of the Carl Stokes Brigade, Jessica Lewis of Hollaback Cleveland, and  Lizzard of #CleDemands, who represents an activists youth group.

The Greater Cleveland Civil and Human Rights Coalition was formed in Cleveland through the help of the Bill of Rights Defense Committee (www.bordc.org) in 2011, and under the leadership of George Friday, a national community organizer.

Last Updated on Sunday, 25 January 2015 15:43 Read more...

Blacks denied indigent counsel in Cleveland Heights, Bedford and Berea courts in cases of alleged police and judicial harassment, and with support by Cleveland NAACP officials, the judges there will then issue warrants with excessive bonds up to $50,000

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Pictured are Cleveland Heights Municipal Court Judge A. Deane Buchanan (in eyeglasses and judicial robe)), Berea Municipal Court Judge Mark Comstock (in judicial robe with no eyeglasses), and former Bedford Judge and convicted criminal and alleged former pimp Harry Jacob. ( during booking photo and in suit). Not pictured is Bedford judge Brian Melling.

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

Kathy Wray Coleman is  a community activist and 21- year investigative journalist who trained for 17 years at the Call and Post Newspaper in Cleveland, Ohio. (www.clevelandurbannews.com) / (www.kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com)

CLEVELAND, Ohio- As the U.S. Department of Justice, under the leadership of Attorney General Eric Holder, prepares to negotiate a consent decree with the city of Cleveland following an investigation that reveals systemic problems in the Cleveland Police Department, from excessive force issues to Blacks and others getting illegally tasered and pistol whipped by cops, suburban police departments of Cleveland are harassing Blacks in large numbers and denying some indigent Blacks counsel in cities such as Bedford, Berea and Cleveland Heights. And Black leaders and the Cleveland NAACP are supporting the unconstitutional activity, data show.

Further, the denial of counsel is in cases in which the Blacks at issue have complained of malicious prosecution, police harassment and racial profiling.

The right to counsel to indigent people facing jail time if convicted in criminal cases falls under the U.S. Constitution for felony cases and under the Ohio Rules of Criminal Procedure for misdemeanor cases. Municipal court judges in Ohio hear traffic and misdemeanor cases, and civil cases with damages sought at or below $15,000.

A Cleveland Urban News.Com investigation reveals that in both the Bedford and Berea courts, Blacks are initially given counsel but when some of them refuse to plead guilty the judges there, from Brian Melling in Bedford, to Mark Comstock in  Berea, and visiting judges sent down by Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O'Connor, have the attorneys withdraw. Subsequently, illegal warrants are issued if the defendants refuse to represent themselves. Another judge in Bedford, Harry Jacob, who has resigned as judge and and was sentence of 60 days in jail  last October following convictions on a host of crimes, including  manipulation of court records and solicitation, also denied indigent Blacks counsel. And Jacob actually kidnapped and threatened some of them in court after dismissing their attorneys from the cases.

"We can deny indigent people counsel and we have the support of Black leaders and the Cleveland NAACP," said Tom Day, the Clerk of Court in Bedford.

According to court records, the Blacks denied such counsel are getting excessive bond amounts that are as high as $22,000 in Bedford, and $50,000 in Berea, just because they refuse to represent themselves at hearings and at trial.

Data also show that the Cleveland NAACP has refused requests by Blacks for the Civil Rights organization to intervene and demand that the Blacks at issue are assigned counsel. Cleveland NAACP affiliates are allegedly participating in the corruption, often calling on their judicial friends to pursue malicious prosecutions of Blacks that stand up against racism, police brutality and public corruption.

The Cleveland NAACP, led by chapter president the Rev Hilton Smith, is currently under investigation by the national headquarters after a takeover of the local branch following gross impropriety, including illegalities with what would have been an election of branch officers last year.

Cleveland Heights Municipal Court Judge A. Deane Buchanan, who is Black and an ally of Cleveland NAACP affiliates, is denying indigent Blacks counsel, and then issuing warrants if they refuse to attend hearings without counsel with orders to lift the warrants if they pay a certain amount of money. Thereafter, he has his Clerk of Court, Sandra Berry, to personally phone the defendants to say that if they show up in court alone for a hearing, he might rule on their motions for indigent counsel.

Last Updated on Friday, 23 January 2015 18:32 Read more...

Obama sixth State of the Union addresses protests against police in Ferguson, and New York, foreign policy, equal pay for women, Obamacare, free college tuition, voting rights, gay rights, tax cuts for middle class, Charlie Hebdo, and immigration reform

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By Kathy Wray Coleman, editor-in-chief, Cleveland Urban News.Com, and the Kathy Wray Coleman Online News Blog.com, Ohio's most read digital Black newspaper and newspaper blog. Tel: (216) 659-0473. Kathy Wray Coleman is a community activist, educator and 21-year investigative journalist who trained at the Call and Post Newspaper in Cleveland, Ohio for 17 years. (www.clevelandurbannews.com) / (www.kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com)

WASHINGTON, D.C.- In his sixth State of the Union address Tuesday night, and for the first time before a Republican controlled Congress, President Barack Obama (pictured), among a host of other issues, called for free tuition for community college, decried racism, sexism, and religious and gay persecution, and spoke on the outcries out of Ferguson, Missouri that have spurred anti-police brutality protests across the country.

"Man, woman, Black and White, Latino, Asian, immigrant, Native-American, gay, straight, Americans with mental illness or physical disability, everybody matters," said Obama, whose speech promoted a broad agenda on both domestic and foreign policy.

"We may have different takes on the events of Ferguson, and New York," said Obama, referencing the high profile shooting death last year of unarmed Black teen Michael Brown by a White Ferguson cop, and recent controversial police killings across the nation of Black boys and men in general, including Eric Garner in New York, and 12-year-old Tamir Rice at a public park on Cleveland's west side.

"But surely we can understand a father who fears his son can't walk home without being harassed," the president said relative to the police killings. "And surely we can understand a wife who can't rest until the police officer she married walks through the front door at the end of a shift."

The focus of the president's 60-minute speech, the second shortest of his presidency, was the middle class, and what he dubbed "middle class economics."

Last Updated on Saturday, 24 January 2015 05:28 Read more...

Cleveland City Council to hold final public meeting on DOJ report on police killings and other police brutality on January 20 at 6 pm at Greater Abyssinia Baptist Church in Cleveland, the meeting comes on heels of MLK day protests in Cleveland

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Pictured are U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder ( in blue suit and blue tie),  Cleveland Ward 9 Councilman Kevin Conwell ( in grey suit and  bright patterned tie), Cleveland NAACP President the Rev Hilton Smith ( in Black suit and purple tie), and the Rev Dr. E. Theophilis Caviness, first vice president of the Cleveland NAACP and executive director of the greater Cleveland chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference ( in Black tuxedo)

By Kathy Wray Coleman, editor-in-chief, Cleveland Urban News.Com, and the Kathy Wray Coleman Online News Blog.com, Ohio's most read digital Black newspaper and newspaper blog. Tel: (216) 659-0473. Kathy Wray Coleman is a community activist, educator and 21-year investigative journalist who trained at the Call and Post Newspaper in Cleveland, Ohio for 17 years.

(www.clevelandurbannews.com) / (www.kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com)

CLEVELAND, Ohio- The final meeting of four scheduled open-to-the public community sessions sponsored by Cleveland City Council's safety committee in response to a U.S. Department of Justice report that found systemic problems in the Cleveland Police Department will be held in Cleveland Ward 9 on Tuesday, January 20, at 6 pm at Greater Abyssinia Baptist Church, 1161 East 105th Street.

Ward 9 is located on the city's largely Black east side and is represented by Councilman Kevin Conwell, former chair and now co-chair of the safety committee.

In addition to Conwell, several members of the 17-member Cleveland City Council are expected to attend the community forum, including Jeff Johnson, Zack Reed, Mamie Mitchell, Terrell Pruitt, Phyllis Cleveland, Safety Committee Chairman Matt Zone, and Council President Kevin Kelley.

Greater Abyssinia is led by senior pastor the Rev Dr. E. Theophilis Caviness, also the executive directer of the greater Cleveland chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, and the first vice president of the Cleveland NAACP.

The Rev Hilton Smith, an associate minister at Greater Abyssinia,is the president of the Cleveland NAACP.

The meeting is part of city council's listening tour on police brutality issues and comes on the heels of Martin Luther King Day protests held yesterday and sponsored by the grassroots groups Puncture the Silence, Revolution Books and the Greater Cleveland Immigrant Support Network,among others.

Protesters rallied on the holiday of the slain Civil Rights leader for 12-year-old Tamir Rice, who was shot and killed late last year by Cleveland police for sporting a toy pellet gun at a park on the city's west side, and for Tanisha Anderson.

The unarmed Anderson was killed by Cleveland police in November following an altercation at her home on the city's east side, after her family called for an ambulance for non-violent mental health reasons.

Anderson was slammed to the ground and killed by a Black cop while citing the Lord's Prayer, and Rice was gunned down by a rookie White police officer.

Both Rice and Anderson, 37, were Black.

The DOJ's findings on gross impropriety by Cleveland police, which were announced last month by U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and came following a 20-month investigation, are damning, from illegal deadly force, to vicious pistil whippings of adults and children, and "cruel and unusual punishment against the mentally ill."

A consent decree between the city of Cleveland and the federal government, and designed to address the DOJ findings, is in the workings.

The national spotlight is on Cleveland, a majority Black major American city, relative to the Rice shooting, and the killing of Anderson, among other high profile police killings.

The night of November 29, 2012 13 non-Black Cleveland police officers gunned down unarmed Blacks Malissa Williams and Timothy Russell slinging 137 bullets following a car chase that began in Cleveland and ended in neighboring East Cleveland. Both Russell and Williams were homeless at the time, but not wanted by the law.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 January 2015 17:05 Read more...

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