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CLICK HERE TO READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE AT CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM, OHIO'S LEADER IN BLACK DIGITAL NEWS : FEATURED ARTICLE: U.S. Senate confirms Loretta Lynch as nation's first Black female attorney general, President Obama, Congresswoman Marcia Fudge of Ohio comment, Kentucky U.S. Senator Rand Paul voted against the confirmation

Newly confirmed U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch, the nation's first Black female attorney general

From top left: U.S. President Barack Obama Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge of Ohio (D-11), Congressman and Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) Chairman G.K. Butterfield of North Carolina (D-1), and NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund President and Director-counsel Sherrilyn Ifill

 

From bottom left: National Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. President Dr. Paulette Walker, and GOP Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky (R-KY).

 

CLICK HERE TO READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE AT CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM, OHIO'S LEADER IN BLACK DIGITAL NEWS: ARTICLE: The Cleveland Cavaliers win games two and three against the Boston Celtics in the NBA Eastern Conference playoffs, game four is Sunday, April 26 at 1 pm on ABC.... By Cleveland Urban News.Com Sportswriter Karl Kimbrough

King LeBron James

Article by Karl Kimbrough, Cleveland Urban News.Com sportswriter

CLICK HERE TO READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE AT CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM, OHIO'S LEADER IN BLACK DIGITAL NEWS :ARTICLE: The Cleveland Cavaliers win game one against the Celtics, game two of the NBA Eastern Conference playoffs is tonight, April 21, at 7 pm at Quicken Loans Arena, the playoffs are unexplored territory for the Cavs, but not for LeBron James....By Cleveland Urban News.Com Sportswriter Carl Kimbrough

By Karl Kimbrough (pictured), Cleveland Urban News.Com sportswriter (kimbrough@clevelandurbannews.com).

 

 

Cleveland Cavaliers basketball players from left: Kevin Love, LeBron James, and Kyrie Irving. Photo compliments of Getty Images

 

 

CLICK HERE TO READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE AT CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM, OHIO'S LEADER IN BLACK DIGITAL NEWS:ARTICLE: Cleveland police body cameras forum: National Bill of Rights Defense Committee activist and constitutional attorney Shahid Buttar, who was arrested on U.S Senate floor for protesting CIA wire taps, to lead community forum in Cleveland on police body cameras at 11 am on April 18 at the MLK Jr public library.... Panelists also include city council members, Ohio ACLU, police union president Steve Loomis, community activists.... Privacy and police accountability issues relative to police body cameras also to be discussed....By Cleveland Urban News.Com, Ohio's leader in Black digital news

Constitutional Attorney Shahid Buttar,

executive director of the national

Bill of Rights Defense Committee

(www.bordc.org)


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CLICK HERE TO READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE AT CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM, OHIO'S LEADER IN BLACK DIGITAL NEWS:FEATURED STORY: Cliff Pinkney sworn in as Cuyahoga County's first Black sheriff, former county sheriffs McFaul, Reid and Bova stole homes via public corruption and foreclosure fraud for JPMorgan Chase Bank with help from Michael Brelo trial Judge John O'Donnell, other judges....O'Donnell is accused of stalking Black women and attempting to steal their homes with support from police and the county prosecutor's office, and in fake foreclosure cases without a plaintiff....Cleveland NAACP attorneys and officials turned a blind eye to the theft and harassment, and would also harass the victims....Law firms hired by Chase to assist O'Donnell in the theft and harassment are Reimer and Lorber, Thompson Hine, Lerner, Sampson and Rothfuss, and Bricker and Eckler.

From left: New Cuyahoga County Sheriff Cliff Pinkney, Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish, and Cuyahoga County

Court of Common Pleas Judge John O'Donnell

 

CLICK HERE TO READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE AT CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM, OHIO'S LEADER IN BLACK DIGITAL NEWS :ARTICLE: Congresswoman Fudge denounces recall effort against Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson as divisive, says she will convene a community meeting on that issue and the DOJ report of systemic problems in the largely White Cleveland Police Department, other community grievances

From left: 11th Congressional District Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge of Ohio (D-OH), Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson, Black Contractors Group leader and community activist Norm Edwards, and Cleveland criminal defense attorney and Cleveland NAACP attorney Michael Nelson Sr.


CLICK HERE TO READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE AT CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM, OHIO'S LEADER IN BLACK DIGITAL NEWS Greater Cleveland activists, college students to rally on national day against police murder, mass incarceration at 3 pm on Tuesday, April 14 in downtown Cleveland, people to gather first behind the Cleveland Public Main Library in Cleveland at 325 Superior Avenue and then march on City Hall....Call Carol at 216-932-3474 for more information.....By Cleveland Urban News.Com, Ohio's leader in Black digital news

 

CLICK HERE TO READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE AT CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM, OHIO'S LEADER IN BLACK DIGITAL NEWS: April 12, 2015: FEATURED ARTICLE: Hillary Clinton announces 2016 presidential bid, President Obama comments, By Cleveland Urban News.Com, Ohio's leader in Black digital news

Hillary Rodham Clinton


CLICK HERE TO READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE AT CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM, OHIO'S LEADER IN BLACK DIGITAL NEWS: ARTICLE: Congresswoman Fudge, other elected officials, community activists, clergy and labor leaders demand that Prosecutor McGinty push for criminal charges against Cleveland police that shot and killed Tamir Rice.... McGinty protected 12 of the 13 cops that gunned down unarmed Blacks Malissa Williams and Tim Russell with 137 bullets from prosecution

Pictured are Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge of Ohio (D-11),  Cleveland police shooting victim Tamir Rice, and Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Tim McGinty (wearing suit and tie)


CLICK HERE TO READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE AT CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM, OHIO'S LEADER IN BLACK DIGITAL NEWS: ARTICLE: Public invited to give police brutality testimony along with uncle of Tamir Rice, Ferguson protesters,  others at the CSU Main Classroom Building, room 201,  from 12-4 pm on Saturday, April 11, 2015, the free event is spearheaded by Puncture the Silence Cleveland...Call Carol Steiner at (216) 932-3474 for more information, panelists include an uncle of slain California police victim Oscar Grant....By Cleveland Urban News.Com, Ohio's leader in Black digital news


CLICK HERE TO READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE AT CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM, OHIO'S LEADER IN BLACK DIGITAL NEWS: ARTICLE: Recall effort against East Cleveland Mayor Gary Norton fails, Norton speaks one-on-one with Cleveland Urban News.Com, the public meeting on a possible merger of city with East Cleveland is tonight, April 2, at 6:30 pm at the McGregor Nursing Home

 

East Cleveland Mayor Gary Norton

CLICK HERE TO READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE AT CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM, OHIO'S LEADER IN BLACK DIGITAL NEWS: ARTICLE: East Cleveland Mayor Gary Norton to push for a merger of his city  with Cleveland as a group of residents simultaneously seek his recall....Mayor to hold 6:30 pm public meeting on April 2 at the McGregor Nursing Home, 14900 Private Drive in East Cleveland

East Cleveland Mayor Gary Norton


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CLICK HERE TO READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE AT CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM, OHIO'S LEADER IN BLACK DIGITAL NEWS FEATURED STORY: United States President Barack Obama (pictured above), America's first Black president, speaks to the City Club at the Convention Center in downtown Cleveland, Ohio on Wednesday, March 18, 2015. Obama said during his 35-minute speech that trickle-down economics does not work and that middle class economics does work. The president said that nationwide unemployment is down, that the country has more job openings since 2001, and that the federal deficit has been cut by two-thirds since he took office in 2009. "America is coming back," said Obama. Cleveland Urban News.Com was among the media selected to cover the political forum that was limited to some 500 City Club members and their guests, and a handfull of elected officials, including U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), and U.S. Reps. Marcia L. Fudge (D-11) and Marcy Kaptur (D-9).

CLICK HERE TO READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE AT CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM, OHIO'S LEADER IN BLACK DIGITAL NEWS : FEATURED STORY: April 2, 2015 Article: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell refuses to put nomination of Loretta Lynch for U.S. Attorney general before the U.S. Senate for a vote, Congresswoman Fudge, CBC, NAACP and Delta Sigma Theta say during press conference call with Cleveland Urban News.Com that McConnell is anti-Black and anti-female in harassing Black female attorney general nominee.....They say that, unlike Lynch, Ash Carter, who is White,  was confirmed without delay last month by the Senate for Secretary of Defense, and was supported by McConnell

 

From left: Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge of Ohio (D-11), Congressman and Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) Chairman G.K. Butterfield of North Carolina (D-1),  NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund President and Director-counsel Sherrilyn Ifill, National Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. President Dr. Paulette Walker, and GOP Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky (R-KY).


U.S. Senate confirms Loretta Lynch as nation's first Black female attorney general, President Obama, Congresswoman Marcia Fudge of Ohio comment, Kentucky U.S. Senator Rand Paul voted against the confirmation....By Cleveland Urban News.Com

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Pictured are U.S. President Barck Obama (wearing green tie), U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch (in Black suit), Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge of Ohio (D-11) (in bluish-green suit), Congressman and Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) Chairman G.K. Butterfield of North Carolina (D-1) (in red tie),  NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund President and Director-counsel Sherrilyn Ifill (in red suit with long hairdo), National Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. President Dr. Paulette Walker (in red suit with short hairdo), and GOP  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky (R-KY) (in blue tie).

 

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.

 

Coleman, who is Black, is a 22-year investigative journalist and political and legal reporter who trained for 17 years at the Call and Post Newspaper in Cleveland, Ohio.

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

WASHINGTON, D.C.-Following the longest confirmation delay for U.S. attorney general since Edwin Meese in 1985, Loretta Lynch, formerly the United States attorney for the eastern district of New York, was confirmed by the Senate on April 23 as the nation's first Black female attorney general.

The Senate voted 56-43 to confirm Lynch, with 10 Republican senators  supporting the measure.  Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) of Kentucky was not among them, and was among 43 Republicans senators that opposed the nomination.

U.S. Rep Marcia L. Fudge of Ohio, Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) Chairman G.K. Butterfield of North Carolina, National Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. President Dr. Paulette Walker, and Sherrilyn Ifill, president and director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, told Cleveland Urban News.Com (www.clevelandurbannews.com)earlier this month during a press conference call that they had had enough of GOP  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's harassment of Lynch relative to the confirmation delay.

Fudge, Butterfield, IfIll and Walker, all of whom are Black,  accused McConnell, of Kentucky, of stalling a vote by the U.S. Senate on Lynch and had said that the conservative White Republican, a senior member of Congress, is anti-Black, anti-female, and against President Barack Obama, America's first Black president.

On Thursday, Fudge said that she is pleased with Lynch's confirmation.

"I am elated Attorney Loretta Lynch now has the opportunity to lead the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), and will continue her outstanding service to our nation," said Fudge, a Warrensville Heights Democrat whose largely Black 11th congressional district includes suburban territories and parts of the cities of Cleveland and Akron, a city some 35 miles south of Cleveland. "Her confirmation is historic."

Fudge said that Lynch, a New York federal prosecutor from 2010 until her confirmation and the country's 83rd attorney general, "is as qualified today as she was 166 days ago, bringing preeminent skills and experience to the position."

President Barack Obama nominated Lynch, 55, last November to succeed Attorney General Eric Holder, the country's first Black attorney general.

"Today, the Senate finally confirmed Loretta Lynch to be America's next attorney general, and America will be better off for it," Obama said in a a press statement issued shortly after the Senate, on yesterday, confirmed the nomination of Lynch.

The U.S. attorney general, as the nation's chief law enforcement official, leads the Department of Justice (DOJ), is nominated by the president, and must subsequently be confirmed by the Senate.

Republicans control both the Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives, and only gained control of the Senate in  elections last November.

McConnell had said that he would delay a vote on Lynch until the Senate completes consideration of an unrelated bill to fight human trafficking, proposed legislation that Democrats will not support because it contains an anti-abortion provision. He was also angry over Obama's executive actions on immigration reform. But he softened, and Lynch has made history as the nation's first Black female attorney general.

Lynch's roughly five months confirmation delay is second in more than three decades among 82 prior attorney generals confirmed, only to Regan nominee Edwin Meese in 1985.

Meese's confirmation took 13 months as he battled questions from Senate Democrats, led by then Sen. Howard Metzenbaum of Ohio, that as a White House official he failed to disclose that he handed out federal jobs to people he had financial relationships with, among other allegations of ethical violations that were ultimately disregarded.

Last Updated on Saturday, 25 April 2015 21:17 Read more...

The Cleveland Cavaliers stop the Boston Celtics in games two and three of the NBA Eastern Conference playoffs, game four is Sunday, April 26 at 1 pm on ABC....By Cleveland Urban News.Com Sportswriter Karl Kimbrough

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CLEVELAND, Ohio-After winning game one on Sunday, the Cleveland Cavaliers were able to hold serve at home and come out on top in game two of their playoff series with Boston by beating the Celtics Tuesday night, April 21, at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, but just barely. It took almost the entire 48 minutes for the home town Cavaliers to put a hustling, scrappy, youthful Celtic team away, 99-91.  (Editor's note: The Cavs also won game three against the Celtics on Thursday, April 23, winning 103-95. This article addresses game two of the NBA Eastern Conference playoffs because game two is where the analogy of winning, or barely winning, can be seen more objectively. An eight point spread in wins two and three for the Cavs is not an indication of howwell they will do in the playoffs in the long run. The playoffs competition will get tougher, if the Cavs beat the Celtics by winning the best of a possible seven games to qualify for additional playoffs series).

Game two was much closer down the stretch than the final score indicated. Just as they did in game one of this best of seven series with the Cavs, the Celtics attacked aggressively from the outset, both offensively and defensively. After game one Celtic forward Jae Crowder said that “ they have holes in their defense and we need to find them” Early on in game two they did just that. With 5:38 left in the first quarter Boston led 16 to eight .

The Celtics were able to penetrate into the heart of the Cleveland defense early and often by passing or driving into the lane for easy shots. Boston's center, former Cavalier Tyler Zeller had eight points in the first quarter that were all close to the basket. Careless passes and sloppy dribbling by LeBron James and Kyrie Irving led to steals and turnovers, which Boston took advantage of by turning those turnovers into early offense.

The first quarter ended with Boston leading 26 to 25. The Celtics took a nine point lead early in the second quarter as the Cavs went cold shooting from the field, especially from three point range. Some of the missed pointers led to easy baskets by Boston scoring often in transition. The Cavaliers responded after going down by nine and put 26 points on the score board in the second quarter to take the slimmest lead at 51 to 50 at the half. The Cavs were able to go inside to Timofey Mozgov in the first half when their three point shooting went cold. Mozgov proved to be a load for Zeller to handle, scoring 10 points in the first half and finishing with 16 points, seven rebounds, and five blocked shots.

Mozgov's scoring inside helped, but could not make up for all of the three pointers that were missed. Three point scoring had been a major part of the Cavaliers success during the second half of the regular season when they went 34 and nine. Tuesday night, the three point shots were clanging off the rim frequently as the Cavs made only seven out of 29. Kevin Love and JR Smith, who have been counted on to give the Cavs three point shooting and floor spacing, were a combined two out of 13 from three point range.

In addition, the Cavaliers bench contributed only seven points compared to the 51 scored by Boston's bench. Matthew Dellavedova chipped in five of those points and Iman Shumpert scored the other two. This put a lot of pressure on James and Irving to score, and score they did. James tallied 30 points and Irving had 26 for the game.

The Celtics kept coming back in the second half and cut the Cleveland lead to two, 82-80 in the fourth quarter, then James and Irving took over. No one else scored for Cleveland in the fourth quarter except Irving and James. Irving and James scored nine and 15 points respectively in the fourth. In fact Love and Smith were the only other Cavaliers who took a shot in the fourth quarter and they both took only one shot. In contrast nine of the 10 Celtics that played scored before the end of the first half.

Although they were under sized, the Celtics stayed in the game by collecting 13 second chance shots with 13 offensive rebounds. Now this series moves to Boston for games three and four on Thursday, April 23, and Sunday, April 26, at 1 pm Eastern Standard Time on ABC local television.

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The Cleveland Cavaliers win game one against the Celtics, game two of the NBA Eastern Conference playoffs is tonight, April 21, at 7 pm at Quicken Loans Arena, the playoffs are unexplored territory for the Cavs team, but not for LeBron James

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By Karl Kimbrough (pictured), Cleveland Urban News.Com Sportswriter ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ).

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CLEVELAND, Ohio-As the playoffs begin, the Cleveland Cavaliers, with a 53-29 win-loss regular season record, continue to navigate through unexplored territory. The Cavs 113-108 win on April 15 over the Washington Wizards at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, the final game of the regular NBA basketball season, was a sweet finale, even though King LeBron James did not play.

This Cavaliers team is new to the playoffs. But King James, the team leader under Head Coach David Blatt, a rookie coach, is familiar with playoffs territory, having led his previous team, or his intermittent team of the Miami Heat, to two of its three NBA championships.

James, 30, has more NBA playoffs experience than the entire starting line up of the Boston Celtics, and it showed on Sunday, April 19, their first game of the Eastern Conference playoffs, again a game on the Cavs' home turf at Ouicken Loans Arena.

Reaching the playoffs for the first time in five years, and led by James, Kyrie Irving, who scored 30 points, and Kevin Love, a power forward, the Cavs won the first game of the playoffs season on Sunday, beating the Celtics 113-110, another sweet victory, and a feather in the cap for the city of Cleveland, a major American city on the rise.

The two  teams, which must fight for the most wins out of a possible seven of their Eastern Conference  games, or the first four team wins of those potential seven games,  will play again tonight, April 21, at 7pm Eastern Standard time, also at Quicken Loans Arena, a game that will be televised on TNT, and some other cable channels.

The Eastern Conference playoffs are divided into two preliminary rounds followed by the Eastern Conference Finals, with the winner of the conference championship facing the Western Conference champion in the NBA Finals to determine the champion. All conference playoffs are the best of seven games.

The Cavs must win the Eastern Conference championship, and then the Western Conference championship to walk away with an NBA championship title. Will they win, is the question that many have asked? But the other question, the main question, in fact, is whether the team is ready or not to go all the way.

After clinching the second position of the Eastern Conference playoffs the Cavs are faced yet again with a new situation?  They must win this conference and three other conference series, the last being the Western Conference, to walk away with a championship title. But the other question, the main question, in fact, is whether the team is ready or not to go all the way.

The coaching staff decided to rest some starters periodically during the regular 2014-2015 season since they clinched second place in the Eastern Conference. Was that the right decision ? We will see after the playoffs get underway.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 April 2015 05:46 Read more...

Police body cameras forum: National Bill of Rights Defense Committee activist and constitutional attorney arrested on U.S Senate floor for protesting CIA wire taps to lead community forum in Cleveland on police body cameras, 11am, April 18 , MLK library

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Constitutional Attorney Shahid Buttar (pictured above), executive director of the national Bill of Rights Defense Committee

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.  Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Coleman is a community activist, legal and political reporter, and a 22-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 Greater Cleveland Civil and Human Rights Coalition, together with the national Bill of Rights Defense Committee (www.bordc.org) and local greater Cleveland activists,  will co-host a open-to-the-public forum on police body-worn cameras, police accountability, and Civil Rights beginning at 11 am on Saturday, April 18 at the MLK Jr. Branch Public Library in Cleveland Ward 9 at 1962 Stokes Blvd. The media and others should contact CAIR-Cleveland Executive Director Julia Shearson, a Harvard University educated greater Cleveland community activist, at 216.830.2247 for more information.

Also at issue are privacy concerns pertaining to the body cameras, including in rape cases, and cases of police harassment through heightened surveillance.

Uncensored questions from the community are welcome during the questions and answers part of the forum, organizers told Cleveland Urban News.Com, Ohio's leader in Black digital news.

Cleveland Ward 9 Councilman Kevin Conwell will give remarks at the event.

The keynote speaker is  Shahid Buttar,  a constitutional attorney and executive director of the Bill of Rights Defense Committee, a think tank and activists training organization which is headquartered in Northampton, Massachusetts and trains community activists across the country, including in the city of Cleveland.  Its primary mission though, is to promote the Bill of Rights, namely the first 10 amendments of the U.S. Constitution, including the free speech clause of the First Amendment.

Buttar is a constitutional scholar and a national activist, also on immigration reform, who was arrested  in February after protesting on the the U.S. Senate floor over what he says are illegal wire taps by the CIA, and other federal government intrusions.

In addition to Buttar, other panelists are Shakyra Diaz of the Ohio ACLU, Cleveland Police Patrolmen's Association President Steve Loomis, Cleveland City Councilman and Safety Committee Chairman Matt Zone, college student Alyce Ragland,  Criminal and Juvenile Justice Policy Consultant Ed Little, and Cleveland State University Professor Dr. Ronnie Dunn.

The forum is in response to the deployment of the body-worn cameras by the Cleveland Division of Police in its efforts to build  community trust in the wake of the U.S. Department of Justice's December 4, 2014 finding that the police department engages in a pattern and practice of violating the U.S. Constitution, including illegal excessive force shootings and harassment of innocent women and Black people.

Cleveland police killings of unarmed people in recent years, mainly Blacks, are escalating, and include 12-year-old Tamir Rice, Brandon Jones, Tanisha Anderson, Daniel Ficker , Malissa Williams, Timothy Russell and rapper Kenneth Smith.

Cleveland police body cameras took effect earlier this year pursuant to a city law passed by Cleveland City Council.

Loomis said that his union and police officers oppose the body cameras. Most in the Black community, including Black leaders, want them.

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Congresswoman Fudge denounces recall effort against Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson as divisive, says she will convene community meeting on that issue and the DOJ report of systemic problems in the largely White Cleveland Police Department

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Pictured are 11th Congressional District Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge of Ohio (D-OH), Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson (in beard and eye glasses), Black Contractors Group president and community activist Norm Edwards (in beard and black turtleneck sweater), and Cleveland criminal defense attorney and Cleveland NAACP attorney Michael Nelson Sr. (in red tie).

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.  Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Coleman is a community activist, legal and political reporter, and a 22-year investigative journalist who trained at the Call and Post Newspaper in Cleveland, Ohio for 17 years.

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

WASHINGTON, DC - Congresswoman Marcia Fudge, whose largely Black 11th congressional district includes the city of Cleveland and its eastern suburbs of Cuyahoga County, issued a press statement on April 14 expressing opposition to efforts by a group of citizens, led by local criminal defense attorney Michael Nelson Sr. and Black contractors Group leaders Ken Bender and Norm Edwards, to recall Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson from office.

"The campaign to recall Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson is not warranted and is counterproductive," Fudge told Cleveland Urban News.Com, Ohio's most read digital Black newspaper. "It detracts from community efforts to move the city forward and bring about meaningful change on important issues such as police reform, infrastructure improvements, and neighborhood redevelopment."

One of only two Blacks in Congress from Ohio, Fudge said that "in its December 2014 report on the Cleveland Division of Police, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) identified a series of concrete steps that, if fully implemented, can  lead to lasting police reform."

"Much will depend on continued citizen engagement,' the federal lawmaker said.

It is Jackson's initial opposition to the controversial DOJ report issued last December that found systemic problems in the largely White Cleveland Police Department, including illegal excessive force killings and cruel and unusual punishment against innocent women and children and the mentally ill,  that is the impetus for the recall effort.

Other issues of concern, say recall organizers, are the improper allocation of resources to big business, and Cleveland police killings of unarmed people, mainly Blacks, including 12-year-old Tamir Rice, Tanisha Anderson, Brandon Jones, Malissa Williams, Timothy Russell, Daniel Ficker, and Kenneth Smith.

The mayor says now that there are institutional problems in his police department and that he sought ongoing police reform also as a former city council president.

Edwards, a community activist, along with Nelson, also an attorney for the Cleveland NAACP, has vowed to take out petitions by May 1 and to collect the roughly 12, 000 signatures by June 1 to get the recall effort on the ballot.

Edwards and Nelson say that the three-term Black mayor is beautifying downtown Cleveland while the inner city goes to hell in a hand basket.

"We will have the signatures," said Edwards, at a recall meeting last month on the city's largely Black east side.

He then went on to criticize the mayor, citing a litany of concerns.

Nelson said at the meeting that Jackson is running the city in the ground and has forgotten about poor Black people and other disenfranchised types.

Edwards says that Jackson, whom voters reelected by a landslide in  2013 in a non-partisan runoff over millionaire businessman Ken Lanci,  is the worst mayor in the city's history, and is giving police a pass to murder people with impunity.

Fudge disagrees with that perception of the mayor, whom she has repeatedly endorsed, and supported.

"Any effort to remove the mayor from office," said Fudge, "serves only to divide rather than to unite our community at this critical juncture."

But the congresswoman says she sympathizes with their concerns.

"I too feel the frustration many residents are expressing, and I stand ready to convene a meeting to discuss their grievances and work with responsible parties to achieve a positive path forward," said Fudge. (www.clevelandurbannews.com) / (www.kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com)

Last Updated on Sunday, 19 April 2015 05:38

Cliff Pinkney sworn in as Cuyahoga County's first Black sheriff, former county sheriffs McFaul, Reid and Bova stole homes via public corruption and foreclosure fraud for JPMorgan Chase Bank with help from Michael Brelo trial Judge John O'Donnell

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Pictured are new Cuyahoga County Sheriff Cliff Pinkney (wearing dark grey tie), Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish (in white shirt), and Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas Judge John O'Donnell (in white shirt with judicial robe and his hands folded)

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.  Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Coleman is a community activist, legal and political reporter, and a 22-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- Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish, on April 14, swore in former deputy chief Clifford Pinkney as the new county sheriff, a historical action as Pinkney is the county's first Black sheriff ever.

Cuyahoga County includes the city of Cleveland and is the largest of Ohio's 88 counties.

The swearing in came after Cuyahoga County Council unanimously approved the appointment moments earlier.

"With over nearly 25 years in the sheriff's department Cliff Pinkney has demonstrated his effectiveness, his integrity, and his commitment to get the job done," said Budish when he named Pinkney, 52, as county sheriff earlier this year.

The promotion of Pinkney comes following a commitment to diversity in county employees by Budish while on the campaign trail last year, and demands by community activists for more diversity in the rank and file of Cuyahoga County government.(Editor's note: As to the meeting with Budish and community activists last year while Budish was on the campaign trail CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL STORY AT CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM, OHIO'S LEADER IN BLACKDIGITAL NEWS).

Pinkney replaces ousted former sheriff Frank Bova, who was handed an artificial post with the county until he retires, sources said.

Pinkney is a 24-year veteran of the county sheriff's office where he worked with the narcotics bureau and the FBI on drug and gang-related cases. He was promoted to deputy chief in 2013. He is also leading the investigation into the Cleveland police shooting death of 12-year-old Tamir Rice, an unprecedented shooting that occurred late last year and has generated ongoing community protests.

Cleveland police killings are gaining national attention, including the shooting deaths in 2012 of unarmed Blacks Malissa Williams and Timothy Russell by 13 non- Black Cleveland cops slinging 137 bullets. Only one of the police officers, Michael Brelo, was charged, and with  two counts of voluntary manslaughter.

Brelo is currently on trial before Common Pleas Judge John O'Donnell, a crook, public records reveal, who stole homes via fake foreclosure cases for banks and mortgage companies like JPMorgan Chase Bank, along with a host of other judges like Carolyn Friedland, and in cooperation with the office of the county sheriff, under Bova, ousted former sheriff Bob Reid, and former elected sheriff and convicted criminal Gerald McFaul.

O'Donnell stole homes for Chase without Chase even suing the homeowners, and he would allow Chase to purchase the homes at illegal sheriffs sales under fake names, and for a fourth of the county assessed appraisal value, in violation of state law. Technically, he could not getaway with the theft because the sheriff's office would then refuse to put the homeowners out of their homes, leaving a stalemate. O'Donnell, data also show, mainly targeted Black women that he had been stalking for years.

Complaints about the judge's theft and harassment, and that of some of the other 34 largely White general division common pleas judges,  fell on death ears to the Cleveland NAACP, former county prosecutor Bill Mason and current prosecutor Tim McGinty, and to police in county municipalities, including University Heights Mayor Susan Infeld.

Infeld doubles as a rarely seen safety director, and is a Jimmy Dimora ally.

Dimora, a former chair of the county democratic party and a former county commissioner and Democrat like Infeld, is currently serving a 28-year-federal prison sentence for racketeering and a host of other corruption-related crimes.

Chief Foreclosure Magistrate Stephen Bucha, a University Heights resident, and his wife, an attorney with the Lerner, Sampson and Rothfuss law firm, helped with the foreclosure fraud and other corruption  too, among others.

Bucha would also hear the fake foreclosure cases that had no plaintiff or mortgage company with Judge O'Donnell as his boss, and partner in public corruption, data show, and though O'Donnell had no jurisdiction or authority whatsoever to preside over cases without plaintiffs.

Appeals to the Ohio Eight District Court of Appeals of O'Donnell's corruption, and often that of other judges stealing homes, are often met with corruption, public records show, and are illegally dismissed by corrupt judges there, some of them of whom are operatives of the Cuyahoga County Democratic Party.

And Bucha would also approve the theft of the homes and subsequent sheriff sales of them for a fourth of the county appraisal to Chase and others, sometimes friends of the Republican and Democratic parties , and Cleveland NAACP affiliates. If Bucha got caught in recent years,  the Chief Common Pleas Judge John Russo would replace him with other foreclosure magistrates in the cases at issue , common pleas court case dockets reveal.

The victims of the alleged theft and the harassment say that in retaliation for complaining they would get harassed by attorneys for the Cleveland NAACP and some of its officials, the county prosecutor, and police, including home break ins with police support, threats of harm,  false arrests and illegal jail stays in the county jail where they are held naked, defamation, and malicious prosecutions. Moreover, data show that the homeowners were current on their mortgages under the law and had often paid on them for nearly a decade without refinancing.

Law firms hired by Chase to assist O'Donnell and some other common pleas judges in the theft and harassment are Reimer and Lorber, Thompson Hine, Lerner, Sampson and Rothfuss, and Bricker and Eckler.

Longtime former sheriff McFaul was ousted from office in 2009 due to his criminal endeavors,including harassing employees for campaign donations. (Editor's note: McFaul, and former sheriffs Reid and Bova stole homes from county residents, data show, by having their appraisers violate state law to deflate the home values of foreclosed homes for sheriff sales below the county appraisal, and in effect denying former home owners that qualified monies sometimes due back after the sale. And in some instances there were no plaintiffs or mortgage companies in the foreclosure cases at issue, data show. State law allows a sheriff to hire appraisers for foreclosed homes for sheriff sales, but only in a legal fashion with the discount for a foreclosed home only being a third off). CLICK HERE TO READ THE ARTICLE OF JUDGE JOHN O'DONNELL'S CORRUPTION AND DOCUMENTED THEFT OF HOMES AT CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM).

Before Budish, who beat Republican County Councilman Jack Schron to win the seat in November, Ed FitzGerald held the county executive job for one four-year term.

Fitzgerald was the county's first county executive pursuant to a voter approved revised governance structure that scrapped the three-member Board of Commissioners and the elected county offices, including the sheriff, clerk of courts, auditor, treasurer, engineer and coroner, all but the elected judges and the county prosecutor. In their place came a county executive and 11-member county council, which now appoints those once elected positions, including the sheriff.

Longtime former sheriff McFaul was the last elected sheriff.

Former county prosecutor Mason, current prosecutor McGinty, Budish, FitzGerald, and Pinkney, and former sheriffs McFaul, Reid,and  Bova are all Democrats.

Judge O'Donnell is also a Democrat, and was the Democratic candidate who, in November, tried unsuccessfully to unseat Ohio Supreme Court Justice Judi French, a Republican.

FitzGerald was elected in 2010 and opted not to seek reelection. He was trounced last year in an unsuccessful bid to unseat popular Gov. John Kasich, who is contemplating a run for president in 2016.

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