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Cleveland City Council to hold public meeting on DOJ report of police brutality and deadly force on Thursday, December 18 at the Harvard Community Services Center in Cleveland, rallies scheduled for 10 am on December 20 and 21 for Tamir Rice

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Pictured are Cleveland Ward 1 Councilman Terrell Pruitt (wearing red tie), Cleveland Councilman and Safety Committee Chairperson Matt Zone (wearing gold tie), and 12-year-old Tamir Rice (wearing sweater), who was slain by Cleveland police on Nov 22 for sporting a toy pellet gun at a public park on the city's largely White west side.

By Kathy Wray Coleman, editor-in-chief

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CLEVELAND, Ohio- Cleveland City Council Safety Committee Chairman Matt Zone, a west side councilman, and Cleveland Ward 1 Councilman Terrell Pruitt,  will host an open-to-the-public meeting on Thursday, Dec 18 a 6 pm at the Harvard Community Services Center on Cleveland's east side around the report issued from U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder two and a half  weeks ago that found systemic problems in the largely White Cleveland Police Department. (Editor's note: The Harvard Community Services Center is located at 18240 Harvard Avenue, which is blocks from John F. Kennedy High School. Other Cleveland councilpersons, including Zack Reed and Jeff Johnson, are expected to attend, organizers said yesterday).

The largely Black Ward 1 is the city's largest voting block and has a staunch middle class segment of voters.

Community activists said that they will attend Thursday's meeting.

The DOJ's findings on gross impropriety by Cleveland police, which 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."

The controversial report comes on the heels of recent arbitrary police killings in Cleveland, including Tanisha Anderson, whom police killed three weeks ago while she was in custody, and 12-year-old Tamir Rice, who was slain by police  on Nov. 22 for sporting a toy pellet gun at a public park on the city's largely White west side.

Rallies and vigils are also set by extended family members and community activists for 10 am on Saturday, December 20, and Sunday, December 21 for Rice at the Cudell Recreation Center on the city's largely White west side where the Black boy was slain under a gazebo.

In 2012, 13-non Black Cleveland police officers gunned down unarmed Blacks Malissa Williams and Tim Russell slinging 137 bullets, a celebrated shooting that followed a car chase that began in downtown Cleveland and ended in neighboring East Cleveland.

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David Pepper elected new chairman of Ohio Democrat Party as the 2016 presidential election nears and Ohio remains a pivotal state, By Cleveland Urban News.Com, Ohio's leader in Black digital news

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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.

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COLUMBUS, Ohio-As the 2016 presidential election nears and Ohio remains a pivotal state, David Pepper (pictured) was elected chairman of the Ohio Democratic Party on Tuesday by the party's executive committee, replacing Chris Redfern, who quit election night following a Republican sweep of statewide offices, including governor, auditor, treasurer, secretary of state and attorney general.

The Republicans also control both lawmaking chambers of the Ohio General Assembly, namely the Ohio House of Representatives. And they represent the majority on the seven-member Ohio Supreme Court, Republicans justices Sharon Kennedy and Judi French both retaining their seats in November of the two high court seats up for grabs this year.

A state representative until January who also lost his state legislative seat election night, Redfern was paid a base annual salary of $104,000 for party chair.

Pepper, 42, will officially take charge of the state Democratic party in January. He ran unsuccessfully this year as the Democratic candidate for attorney general, and lost to incumbent Republican Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, a former U.S. senator.

Ohio remains a pivotal state for the White House with John F. Kennedy the last Democrat to lose Ohio and go on to win the presidency, and no Republican of remembrance doing so in decades. The term-limited President Obama, a Democrat, won Ohio in both 2008 and 2012.

Pepper, of Cincinnati, is a Yale Law School graduate, a former Cincinnati councilman, and a former member of the Hamilton County, Ohio Board of Commissioners. He and his wife, Alana Swartz Pepper, welcomed their first child in May, Jacob "Jack" Pepper.

Fours years ago the Republicans initiated a sweep of statewide offices that saw Gov John Kasich oust Democrat Ted Strickland in a close election. And the popular Kasich was reelected this year by a 64 percent to 33 percent landslide vote over Ed FitzGerald, the outgoing Cuyahoga County executive.

None of the Democrats who ran statewide this year, including Pepper and secretary of state state candidate Nina Turner, a Cleveland Democrat, came close to winning, though Connie Pillich lost to Treasurer Josh Mandel, 53 percent to 43 percent, the least percentage margin of loss among all of them.

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Controversial Steve Loomis takes back Cleveland police union presidency from Follmer in union election, Follmer is out in January, union election comes on heels of damning DOJ report against police, police shooting of Tamir Rice

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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.

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CLEVELAND,  Ohio-Steve Loomis (pictured), the outspoken former president of the Cleveland's Police Patrolmen's Association who regularly quarreled with Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson and at one time gave the mayor a 'D plus' for leadership skills, was elected last month to again lead the rank-and-file Cleveland police union after he ousted Jeff Follmer, who beat him in an election two years ago by only 10 votes.

Loomis won this year's election by 300 votes. He will officially assume the role of the union president for two years beginning in January. His victory comes on the heels of a scathing U.S. Department of Justice report announced two weeks ago on gross impropriety by Cleveland police, from illegal deadly force, to vicious pistil whippings of adults and children, and "cruel and unusual punishment against the mentally ill."

Asked two years ago if his then loss to Follmer was a reflection on whether the union's rank and file support or reject the Jackson administration, Loomis, who joined the force in 1992, told Cleveland Urban News.Com at the time that he could not guess why he lost.

"I don't know," said Loomis. "It may not be one way or another, but I like him [Mayor Jackson]."

Follmer, 42, said after winning election two years ago that he is a "police officer and not yet a politician."

A second district detective who worked in the vice unit that deals with drugs, prostitution and gambling, Follmer told Cleveland Urban News.Com that police are not getting a fair shake on employee benefits.

"Nobody likes to pay for health care when they don't get a raise," said Follmer, who like Loomis is White in a largely White Cleveland Police Department that serves a majority Black major American city.

Follmer may have been a little too outspoken. He publicly called the shooting death in 2012 of unarmed Blacks Malissa Williams and Tim Russell, both gunned down with police slinging 137 bullets following a car chase that began in downtown Cleveland and ended in neighboring East Cleveland, "a good shooting." And in the midst of the Williams-Russell fiasco, he led the union in unsuccessfully calling for the resignation of then police chief Michael McGraft, now the safety director. And just this week he publicly criticized Cleveland Browns wide receiver Andrew Hawkins for wearing a shirt at the Browns game on Sunday against the Bengals that read "Justice for Tamir Rice and Eric Crawford."

Twelve year-old Rice was slain by Cleveland police on Nov 22 at a public park on the city's largely White west side for sporting a top pellet gun, and Crawford was killed by police at a Walmart in Beavercreek, Ohio for picking up an air rifle off of a store shelf.

President since 2006 and until two years ago when ousted by Follmer, Loomis often battled with Jackson, the city's third Black mayor after Michael R. White and the late Carl Stokes, the first Black mayor of a major American city. And he backed police in deadly force shootings , and with regards to practically everything else they did, good or bad.

Loomis' predecessor before he was first elected, Bob Beck, often fought with White, who accused his own police of being racist in his third term as mayor. And Beck fought with former Cleveland Mayor Jane  Campbell, who succeeded White and  lost to Jackson in 2005 after one term in office.

“He [Jackson] has more administrators and cabinet members than former mayors Campbell and White and he has failed to prioritize services by targeting the safety forces,” Loomis said during a 2009 interview. “He [Jackson] bragged during his campaign about a balanced budget and no layoffs for 2010. He was being disingenuous.”

A Democrat and former city council president with ties to Cleveland's old Black political guard Jackson once had Loomis suspended for two weeks because of an aggressive altercation with Black on Black Crime founder and community activist Art McKoy at an anti-police brutality rally.

"I always thought that Steve Loomis was too rough around the edges," said McKoy.

It's no secret that Cleveland police have perceived friction with the Black community, something typical in largely Black urban cities like Cleveland, a city with a population of some 400,000 people. But the relationship with Cleveland's Black community and the city's police has been even more strained in recent years with a string of accusations of police misconduct.

In addition to recent arbitrary police killings from Rice to Tanisha Anderson, who was killed by police three weeks ago while in custody, Loomis took heat in 2011 after then Cleveland NAACP President George Forbes, with a dozen Black leaders in support, including state legislators and Cleveland City Councilmen Zack Reed and Jeff Johnson, held a press conference against police. At that press conference, Forbes accused police that were moonlighting in Cleveland's Warehouse District of roughing up Blacks that patronize the restaurants and bars there.

Loomis said that Forbes and his comrades on the issue lacked validity and were really lobbying for Jackson to win public support due to contentious union contract negotiations with the mayor and the city's union negotiating team.

Police were also called to task for releasing since convicted serial killer Anthony Sowell from police custody in 2008 in spite of a rape complaint where six of the 11 murdered Black women that were killed at Sowell's home on Imperial Ave. on Cleveland's majority Black east side went missing after 2008, public records show.

The serial killer, who dismembered the bodies of some of the women he killed, received the death penalty from Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas Judge Dick Ambrose. His 2011 murder and other convictions,  and his death sentence, are currently on appeal before the Ohio Supreme Court.

Some family members of the victims had complained that their missing persons reports were ignored because the women were Black, poor, and at least some had substance abuse problems.

And in 2009 fifth district police officers were accused of calling Rebecca Whitby, then a 24-year-old college student, a nigger, and of beating her unnecessarily, an elderly White neighbor in the Collinwood neighborhood said.

In 2010, community activists protested against police for what they said was police misconduct and brutality against then Collinwood High School students and sisters Destini and DeAsia Bronaugh. They were both attacked, arrested, and jailed in conjunction with a peaceful student -organized protest at the school around teacher layoffs and school closings.

Also, damning accusations of police misconduct came when third district police officers Paul Crawford, Martin Lentz, Christopher Randolph and Kevin Smith, all White men, were charged in federal district court in Cleveland with felonious assault and obstruction of official business after allegedly beating and brutalizing Edward Henderson on News Years day in 2011

Caught on video from an unassuming helicopter, the alleged beating and unnecessary force against Henderson, who is Black, shined a tainted picture of Cleveland police, with some community leaders and activists calling the leadership of Cleveland Police Chief Michael McGraph into question.

Henderson, who served a three year prison sentence for felony fleeing and eluding, took police on a high speed chase but was allegedly beaten by the four policemen even after he got out of his car and on the ground and put his arms behind his back. He subsequently won damages of $600,000 relative to a Civil Rights lawsuit filed against police and the city.

Community activists say that police get away with murder because of their status as cops, and that it is detrimental to the Black community, and others.

Abdul Qahhar, the leader of the Cleveland Chapter of the New Black Panther Party, said that police in Cleveland, and nationwide, have collectively disenfranchised Black and other minority communities.

"They have unchecked power and that is why Black men and other people are being murdered by police in Cleveland and throughout this country," said Qahhar. (www.clevelandurbannews.com) / (www.kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com)

Last Updated on Thursday, 18 December 2014 00:17

DOJ public meeting on police brutality is December 15 at Mount Olive Baptist Church in Cleveland, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder found systemic problems in the Cleveland Police Department from illegal deadly force to pistil whippings

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Pictured are U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, (in blue suit with blue tie) U.S. District Attorney Steve Dettelbach  of the northern district of Ohio (in red tie), and Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson (in green suit)

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- Representatives from the U.S. Department of Justice will hold a open-to-the-public community meeting at 7 pm on Monday, Dec 15 at Mount Olive Baptist Church in Cleveland around the report issued from U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder two weeks ago that found systemic problems in the largely White Cleveland Police Department. Doors open at 6:30 pm, organizers of the event said. (Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church is at 3290 East 126th Street near Kinsman Avenue on the city's east side. From downtown Cleveland take Kinsman Avenue to East 126th Street, make a left,  and go two blocks to the church).

Holder delivered the DOJ report personally to Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson before a press conference that he led in Cleveland with U.S. District Attorney Steve Dettelbach of the northern district of Ohio on Dec 5.

The report's findings on gross impropriety by Cleveland police, which 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."

The controversial report comes on the heels of recent arbitrary police killings in Cleveland, including Tanisha Anderson, whom police killed three weeks ago while she was in custody, and 12-year-old Tamir Rice, who was slain by police  on Nov. 22 for sporting a toy pellet gun at a public park on the city's largely White west side.

In 2012, 13-non Black Cleveland police officers gunned down unarmed Blacks Malissa Williams and Tim Russell slinging 137 bullets, a celebrated shooting that followed a car chase that began in downtown Cleveland and ended in neighboring East Cleveland.

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Tamir Rice death by Cleveland police ruled a homicide, his mother was center stage at March in Washington, activists support march, activist Ada Averyhart says Cleveland will get worse, says she still supports Mayor Jackson

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Pictured are 12-year-old fatal Cleveland police shooting victim Tamir Rice, and his mother Samaria Rice. Samaria Rice took center-stage at the symbolic March on Washington on Saturday, December 13, 2014 along side of the mothers of Michael Brown, Eric Garner and Trayvon Martin. Garner and Brown were also killed by police, Brown, 18,  in Ferguson Missouri, and Garner, in New York City. Martin was killed by Florida nightwatchman George Zimmerman, whom a largely White jury set free. Saturday's march in the nation's capital was sponsored by the Rev Al Sharpton and his New York-based National Action Network.

 

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.-A day after a Cuyahoga County coroner formally ruled the police killing of her son a homicide, the  strong Black mother of Tamir Rice, a 12-year-old Black boy slain by police on Nov. 22 for sporting a toy pellet gun at a city park on Cleveland's largely White west side, was center-stage with the mothers of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, and Eric Garner, and the mothers of a host of other Black boys and men that have fallen to police killings.

'"To all of the families experiencing the same pain as me, we will have justice of a God of our understanding," said Samaria Rice, Tamir's mother, who took to the national stage Saturday afternoon at symbolic March on Washington.

The elder Rice has has said that she wants the White cop that killed her son late last month summarily convicted.

Sponsored by the Rev Al Sharpton and his New York-based Civil Rights group the National Action Network, and supported by a host of other grassroots and Civil rights organizations, and unions from across the country, the event was billed as  a gathering against police brutality, repression, racism, and America's unyielding attack against Black men and Black male children, notwithstanding that Black women are becoming more and more victimized by police too.

It drew thousands to the nation's capital, and to marches and other events across the country that same day, including in New York City,  and Boston, where people got arrested after a standoff with police.

Just 17-years-old at his death in 2012, Martin was unarmed and killed in a Florida suburb by volunteer nightwatchman George Zimmerman.

The unarmed Brown, 18, was gunned down in August by a White former cop in Ferguson, Missouri. And Garner was killed earlier this year when a group of Staten Island cops strangled him to death with a choke hold as he held up his hands and begged them to let him breath.

In Zimmerman's case, a majority White jury set him free, and in the instances of Garner and Brown, cops escaped criminal charges by largely White grand juries.

Rioting broke out in Ferguson in response to the grand jury decision, and amid disgust with the nation's legal system and its mistreatment of Black people, including Black children, not to mention a war on the poor.

Rice's case, as to whether the cop that killed him, 26-year-old Cleveland police officer Tim Loehman, will be indicted, is still pending, or the jury is still out.

Led by  Donnie Pastard, a member of the grassroots groups Black on Black Crime Inc and the Carl Stokes Brigade, and  also a retired school teacher, some greater Cleveland community activists took the D.C bus trip, more than 50 of them, said Pastard.

Pastard told Cleveland Urban News.Com as the buses were in route home Saturday night that the gathering was moving, and in fact legendary, as the stories of arbitrary police killings of Black people in Cleveland over nearly three decades were told to reporters. They include, said Pastard, Michael Pipkens in 1992, Brandon McCloud in 2005, and  whom police put 12 bullets into as the teen lay in a closet, and Tanisha Anderson, whom Cleveland police slammed to the sidewalk and killed last month while she was in handcuffs at her home.

Also, said Pastard, they mentioned Malissa Williams and Tim Russell, two unarmed Blacks gunned down in 2012 by 13 non- Black Cleveland police officers slinging 137 bullets following a car chase from downtown Cleveland to neighboring East Cleveland.

"It was moving," said Pastard. "And memorable."

Seasoned Cleveland activist Ada Averyhart, a member of several grassroots groups the Carl Stokes Bridade and the Imperial Women Coalition, is a 50-year community activist who says that something must be done about police brutality in Cleveland and that she still supports Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson, who has come under fire from the Call and Post Newspaper, a Black Cleveland weekly, and the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Ohio's largest newspaper. Both newspapers have taken on Jackson, a Black mayor in his third term, in editorials, to say the least, and partly for his stubborn stance in hanging onto White police officials while Cleveland is in a crisis, namely safety director Michael McGrath, a former police chief,  and former safety director Martin Flask, now a chief executive assistant to the mayor.

Both Flask and Martin retired a couple of years ago and were re-hired by Jackson to get their pensions and six figure salaries.

Two weeks ago U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced findings by the U.S. Department of Justice of systemic problems in the largely White Cleveland Police Department, from illegal deadly force, to vicious pistil whippings of adults and children, and "cruel and unusual punishment against the mentally ill.

" If some changes are not made it is going to get worse before it gets better," said Averyhart, 80. "If Mayor Jackson has any scruples at all, he has got to try and change some things."

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The Call and Post Newspaper calls for Cleveland safety director Michael McGraft to resign, possibly Mayor Jakson due to Cleveland police killings of Blacks and a DOJ report of systemic problems in the Cleveland Police Department, read the editorial here

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CLEVELAND, Ohio-BELOW IS A RE-PRINT OF A  CALL AND POST NEWSPAPER EDITORIAL THAT IS ALSO ON THE STANDS AND IN STORES THIS WEEK

A fleeting passage of time. Two ticks of a second. Pull out a stop watch. Count “one (1,000) – two (1,000).” Then imagine … BANG! Your child is dead.

The blink of an eye was all the time it took for a Cleveland police officer to engage and gun down a 12-year-old child playing in the park. After watching the video recording that shows the killing of Tamir Rice at Cudell Park, the community as a collective was both saddened and outraged.

As a result, the community is not only calling for the resignation of Executive Assistant Marty Flask and Safety Director Michael McGrath, but it has also been recognized that if Mayor Frank Jackson insists on supporting this blatantly racist, brutal and unconstitutional treatment of Black people at the hands of the Cleveland Police Department, then he too will have to follow suit. We stand behind the community.

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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