CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM-CLEVELAND, Ohio-Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Michael O'Malley, who took office in January after ousting former county prosecutor Tim McGinty in an election last year following out cries against McGinty for his protection of cops that kill Black people and his combativeness and racist demeanor, has fired three assistant county prosecutors who ignored an avalanche of juvenile rape cases under McGinty, also a former longtime common pleas judge.
Cuyahoga County, which includes the largely Black major American city of Cleveland, is the largest of 88 counties statewide and is roughly 29 percent Black.
Over 70 rape cases dating back to 2014 and during McGinty's first and only four-year term were ignored, O'Malley said yesterday.
Whether the statute of limitations has run on some of the cases is unknown as is the extent to which the prosecutor's office will reopen any of the cases.
O'Malley said that assistant county prosecutors, three of whom resigned this week at the news of their upcoming firings, did not track the cases and, thus, no charges in the rape cases at issue were ever filed.
Meanwhile, McGinty, who is White, worked overtime in prosecuting Black people and others, some illegally and some his political enemies.
Community activists and women and children's advocates are outraged.
Kathy Wray Coleman, who leads the Cleveland-based Imperial Women Coalition and has led rallies as to Cleveland police murders of Black people and violence against women from the Imperial Avenue Murders by serial killer Anthony Sowell to the rape and kidnapping victims of Seymour Avenue, said McGinty is nothing but a fraud and a vicious and deceitful man, and that the Black community and many women are glad he is gone from office.
"Tim McGinty is a racist and sexist fraud who maliciously prosecuted Black people while protecting police from prosecution who erroneously killed Black people and while covering up the rape of our children for his friends and political allies," said Coleman."We call for a comprehensive investigation by the Ohio Attorney General and subsequent criminal charges against Mr. McGinty and others involved,"
O'Malley says some of the culprits whose rape cases were ignored had confessed, that the alleged rape victims are as young as three-years-old, and that some 1,900 cases have been arbitrarily classified by the McGinty team as inactive.
In short, the new county prosecutor, a Democrat like McGinty and also a former Cleveland city councilman and Parma safety director, called the controversial activity horrific at best.
Former assistant county prosecutor Duane Deskins, now Chief of Prevention and Opportunity for Youth and Young Adults for the city of Cleveland and a member of Mayor Frank Jackson's cabinet, was the head man in charge at the time under McGinty, and the chief of the juvenile division.
Deskins has said that his team of assistant county prosecutors did great and "aggressive work."