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Tel: 216-659-0473. Email: editor@clevelandurbannews.com and advertising@clevelandurbannews.com. Kathy Wray Coleman, associate publisher and editor. A 24-year journalist who trained for 17 years at the Call and Post Newspaper in Cleveland, Ohio, Kathy Wray Coleman is the most read reporter in Ohio on Google Plus with some  four million views.

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(Editor's note: Kathy Wray Coleman (second from right next to Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur at far right) has received the President Obama 2016 community service award, which was handed to her by 9th Congressional District Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur at Kaptur's Cleveland District office). Standing with Coleman are Renata Jakupka (third from left), who recommended that Coleman receive the award, and community activists Frances Caldwell, David Patterson, Marva Patterson, Ada Averyhart, and Genevieve Mitchell).

 

Congresswoman Fudge denounces vandalism at abortion clinic in Shaker Heights as the Heartbeat Bill is reintroduced in the Ohio state legislature, a bill that makes abortion illegal in Ohio as soon as a fetal heartbeat is detected

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(www.clevelandurbannews.com) / (www.kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com). Ohio's most read Black digital newspaper and Black blog with some 4.5 million views on Google Plus alone.Tel: (216) 659-0473 and Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Kathy Wray Coleman, editor-in-chief, and who trained for 17 years at the Call and Post Newspaper in Cleveland, Ohio. We interviewed former president Barack Obama one-on-one when he was campaigning for president. As to the Obama interview, CLICK HERE TO READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE AT CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM, OHIO'S LEADER IN BLACK DIGITAL NEWS.

 

CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM, CLEVELAND, Ohio-Ohio11th Congressional District Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge is rallying for Preterm Cleveland Ohio after its key abortion clinic on Shaker Heights Boulevard, the only one in both Cleveland and Cuyahoga County, was recently vandalized and allegations of outside intimidation of abortion clinic patients have again surfaced, this controversy taking center stage as the Republican controlled Ohio state legislature revisits the controversial "Heartbeat Bill." (Editor's note: State Rep. Christina Hagan, an Alliance Republican and the bill's primary sponsor, reintroduced the bill two weeks ago).

 

HB 493, had it not been vetoed by Gov John Kasich in  2016, would have made abortion illegal in Ohio as soon as a fetal heartbeat is detected.

 

It is also a politically volatile bill, given that Ohio remains a pivotal state for presidential elections, no Democrat since John F. Kennedy winning the White House without first winning Ohio, and no Republican of remembrance.

 

"I am appalled by vandalism and patient intimidation and harassment at Preterm Ohio," said Fudge of the attack on the Preterm abortion clinic. "Every woman deserves the right to make decisions that are best for her and her family and Preterm provides the much needed care to women of Northeast Ohio and serves as an advocate for women across our state and nation."

 

Preterm Ohio, in Cleveland, which is the largest abortion clinic in Ohio and is led by Chrisse France, who was appointed to her post last year and is the organization's first ever executive director, issued a statement saying some 10 windows had been broken at its building over a three-month period by a vandal that has returned repeatedly but that the organization "won't back down."

 

The vandal is caught on camera as late as Sunday, June 21, smashing a window.

 

Abortion advocates say the legislative intrusion via the Heartbeat Bill and the constitutional right for women to seek abortions free from harassment at Preterm or elsewhere go hand-in-hand.

 

Last December Kasich, a Republican governor and 2016 unsuccessful candidate for the Republican nomination for president, vetoed House Bill 493, better known at the Heartbeat Bill, proposed legislation, introduced repeatedly, and fueled by President Trump's election win last November over Hillary Clinton, the pro- choice Democratic nominee.

 

Women's rights groups and most Democratic leaders across the nation vehemently oppose the bill in any form, and all like it, including bill introduced in Republican led state legislatures nationwide, supporters hoping that this time, in Ohio, the fourth attempt at getting the bill to become state law, is the charm.

 

Kasich said he vetoed the Heartbeat Bill last year because it is unconstitutional, and would likely be overturned by a higher court, a view supported by constitutional scholars.

 

A Warrensville Heights Democrat and licensed attorney, Fudge, though a federal legislator, is against the Heartbeat  Bill and any inkling of Ohio's state legislature trampling on Roe v. Wade, the 1973 landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision that made abortion legal in the United States.

 

Congresswoman Fudge, who is  Black and one of two Blacks in congress from OhIO, along with Congresswoman Joyce Beatty of Columbus, does not back down easily either on public policy matters that she holds dear.

 

Her largely Black congressional district includes parts of Cleveland and several of its eastern suburbs

 

The federal lawmaker said that Preterm Ohio is crucial to protecting abortion rights, and thus, women's rights.

 

 

.(www.clevelandurbannews.com) / (www.kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com). Ohio's most read Black digital newspaper and Black blog with some 4.5 million views on Google Plus alone.Tel: (216) 659-0473 and Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Kathy Wray Coleman, editor-in-chief, and who trained for 17 years at the Call and Post Newspaper in Cleveland, Ohio. We interviewed former president Barack Obama one-on-one when he was campaigning for president. As to the Obama interview, CLICK HERE TO READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE AT CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM, OHIO'S LEADER IN BLACK DIGITAL NEWS.

Last Updated on Monday, 26 June 2017 15:58

East Cleveland mayor's race draws five official candidates for the September 12, 2017 primary election, and two people did not make the ballot, the general election of which is November.....By editor Kathy Wray Coleman

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Pictured are official candidates for the 2017 Sept. 12 East Cleveland mayoral primary of Mayor Brandon King (wear blue suit and no eye glasses), Una H.R. Keenon, Mansell Baker (eraing blue suit and eye glasses) and Devin Branch (wearing brown suit) (Not pictured-Dana Hawkins Jr.). The deadline for filing petitions for the Sept. 12 primary ballot has passed and the general election is Nov. 7, all candidates but Branch of whom are Democrats, and Branch running as a Green Party candidate, which will pit him against the winner of the primary election for the November general election. No Republican took out petitions to run for mayor in the 99 percent Black and impoverished city, a Cleveland suburb on the verge of financial collapse that is known for its colorful politicians, tenacious leaders, and political infighting

 

(www.clevelandurbannews.com) / (www.kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com). Ohio's most read Black digital newspaper and Black blog with some 4.5 million views on Google Plus alone.Tel: (216) 659-0473 and Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Kathy Wray Coleman, editor-in-chief, and who trained for 17 years at the Call and Post Newspaper in Cleveland, Ohio. We interviewed former president Barack Obama one-on-one when he was campaigning for president. As to the Obama interview, CLICK HERE TO READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE AT CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM, OHIO'S LEADER IN BLACK DIGITAL NEWS.

 

CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM-EAST CLEVELAND, Ohio-The 2017 race for East Cleveland mayor has drawn five official candidates, namely Mayor Brandon King, Una H.R. Keenon, who is president of the East Cleveland Board of Education, former councilman Mansell Baker, Dana Hawkins Jr, and activist Devin Branch.

 

A retired East Cleveland judge and vice president and former vice president of the Black Women's Political Action Committee of greater Cleveland, Keenon is the most seasoned of the five candidates, all of whom are Black.

 

No Republican took out petitions for the highly talked about mayoral race.

 

Korean Stevenson and Kari Oatman, 32, articulate, and a political neophyte, did not make the ballot after coming up short for the 50 required signatures, a Cuyahoga County Board of Elections spokesperson said.

 

The deadline to file petition signatures for the Sept 12 primary has passed, all but Branch of whom are Democrats, and Branch running as a Green Party candidate, a move that will pit him against the primary winner for the Nov. 7 general election.

 

Branch collected the signatures for the successful effort last year to recall former mayor Gary Norton and former council president Thomas Wheeler, both of them King allies, and King stepping up as mayor per the city charter.

 

Branch was appointed to city council last December but subsequently removed by King via a still pending dispute.

 

He was exonerated of a misdemeanor charge that he assaulted Norton.

 

East Cleveland is a 99 percent Black impoverished Cleveland suburb and has roughly 18,000 residents.

 

The city has a median household income of $20,000, is a Democratic stronghold, and is on the verge of financial collapse.

 

Kay campaign issues, say political pundits, include the environment and a controversial toxic dump, jobs, housing and street repairs, and a possible merger with the largely Black major metropolitan city of Cleveland, a city with some 385,000 people, and some of the same problems such a  failing schools, poverty, and political infighting.

 

(www.clevelandurbannews.com) / (www.kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com). Ohio's most read Black digital newspaper and Black blog with some 4.5 million views on Google Plus alone.Tel: (216) 659-0473 and Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Kathy Wray Coleman, editor-in-chief, and who trained for 17 years at the Call and Post Newspaper in Cleveland, Ohio. We interviewed former president Barack Obama one-on-one when he was campaigning for president. As to the Obama interview, CLICK HERE TO READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE AT CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM, OHIO'S LEADER IN BLACK DIGITAL NEWS.


Last Updated on Friday, 23 June 2017 09:46

Ohio law on seeking possible removal of a municipal court judge in a case for bias or conflict via the filing of an affidavit of prejudice takes authority to decide from chief Cuyahoga County Presiding Judge John Russo, other chief common pleas judges in

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Pictured is Cuyahoga County Presiding and Administative Judge John Russo

 

By Editor-in-Chief Kathy Wray Coleman, a-23-year  journalist who trained at the Call and Post Newspaper in Cleveland, Ohio for 17 years, and who interviewed former president Barack Obama one-on-one when he was campaigning for president. As to the Obama interview, CLICK HERE TO READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE AT CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM, OHIO'S LEADER IN BLACK DIGITAL NEWS


Kathy Wray Coleman is the most read reporter in Ohio on Google Plus with some 3.6 million Google Plus views



CLEVELAND  URBAN NEWS.COM-CLEVELAND, Ohio- Affidavits of prejudice filed against Ohio municipal court judges in civil, criminal, traffic and other cases to seek their potential removal in the particular cases for alleged prejudice or a conflict of interest are no longer heard by the presiding judge of the court of common pleas in the respective county. (Editor's note: Presiding judge in this instance does not mean a presiding judge over a particular court case but the presiding judge over the judges of an Ohio common pleas court who is elected annually by his or her peers).


Per an amended state law (Ohio Revised Code 2701.031) adopted by the state legislature in 2014, the authority to decide affidavits of prejudice or diqualification relative to municipal court judges now resides singularly with the chief justice of the Ohio Supreme Court, now Maureen O'Connor, a popular Republican and former lieutenant governor.


Hence, Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas Presiding and Administrative Judge John Russo can no longer decide affidavits of prejudice filed against municipal court judges of the county, though public records reveal that when he had such authority he, and his predecessors, would routinely disregard them, and regardless of the merits. And many of the judges complained of are Democrats in the heavily Democratic Cuyahoga County, the second largest of 88 counties statewide, and of which includes the largely Black major metropolitan city of Cleveland.


Republican presiding judges of the county's 34 member general division common pleas court, which hears felonies, civil cases and a litany of other legal matters, were no different and also routinely protected municipal court judges from scrutiny and disqualification in conjunction with the filling of an affidavit of prejudice.


This arbitrary and capricious behavior often occurred no matter how the judge at issue behaved in civil, divorce, criminal and other cases, including illegal warrants in bogus criminal cases, malicious and retaliatory prosecutions, and the illegal denial of indigent counsel to those deemed indigent by the court at issue.


State law O. R.C. 2701.03, which mirrors O. R.C. 2701.031 but is for possible removal of common pleas judges for conflict or prejudice, still remains under the purview of the chief justice as to affidavits of prejudice.


Probate, domestic relations, juvenile, and state appellate court judges, per an amendment of R.C 2701.03 by the state legislature, also in 2014, are now also subject to possible removal for prejudice or conflict by the chief justice per the filing of an affidavit of prejudice.


In any instance, the complaining party or his or her attorney, in criminal, traffic, civil and other pending cases, must file the affidavit in the Ohio Supreme Court at least seven days before the next scheduled hearing, and if no hearing is scheduled, it should be noted in the sworn affidavit.


Cases are put on hold as to substance matters until the affidavit of prejudice is ruled upon, if the affidavit is accepted for filing.


If the chief justice of the state's high court determines via a properly filed affidavit that judicial removal is warranted he or she can do one of three things_assign a handpicked visiting judge, which is usually a retired judge with nothing to lose, issue an order for random draw assignment of another judge if the judge at issue is part of a multi-judge court, or remove the case to another court under another judge.


Rarely are Ohio judges removed from cases for bias in Ohio, whether a municipal or common pleas judge, or otherwise, and some will retaliate for the filing of the affidavit, data show.


Cases that gain notoriety are the most likely to result in a fair outcome and the judge's disqualification. And even in high profile cases the rulings often lean in favor of the judge, favoritism sometimes, say sources, to promote judicial collegiality, and sometimes to allegedly cover up public corruption.


What often happens is that the judge at issue will withdraw before the affidavit is heard and a visiting judge steps in to often further the harassment.


Moreover, if a judge gets disqualified the judge assigned in his or her place often retaliates, data also show.


There is no process for seeking removal, however, of a justice of the Ohio Supreme Court as to an affidavit of prejudice.


Judges in general can be disciplined for felony convictions and violations of the Ohio Judicial Conduct and Ohio Lawyer's Professional Code of Responsibility, but the process for seeking their potential removal from cases for alleged bias or conflict is pursuant to the proper filing of an affidavit of prejudice under state law.(www.clevelandurbannews.com) / (www.kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com). Tel: (216) 659-0473 and Email:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Last Updated on Monday, 26 June 2017 01:49

Anti-police brutality rally: Activists to rally at Cleveland City Hall on July 2 at noon to demand that the city appeal an arbitration decision to hand 5 of the 6 fired non-Black Cleveland cops that gunned down Malissa Williams and Tim Russell

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Pictured are fired Cleveland police patrolman Michael Brelo (in blue shirt),  137 shots unarmed Cleveland police fatal shooting victim Malissa Williams, and 137 shots unarmed Cleveland police fatal shooting victim Timothy Russell ( in dark blue sweatshirt).

ClevelandUrbanNews.Com and the KathyWrayColemanOnlineNewsBlog.Com, Ohio's most read digital Black newspapers with some 4.5 million readers on Google Plus alone. And the ClevelandUrbanNews.Com website stats reveal some 26 million hits since 2012. Tel: (216) 659-0473. Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Kathy Wray Coleman, editor-in-chief, and who trained for 17 years at the Call and Post Newspaper in Cleveland, Ohio. We interviewed former president Barack Obama one-on-one when he was campaigning for president. As to the Obama interview, CLICK HERE TO READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE AT CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM, OHIO'S LEADER IN BLACK DIGITAL NEWS.


CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM-CLEVELAND, Ohio- Community members and community activists will rally at noon on Sunday, July,  22017 on the steps of Cleveland City Hall in downtown Cleveland regarding unarmed Blacks Malissa Williams and Timothy Russell, who were gunned down in 2012 by 13 non-Black Cleveland cops slinging 137 bullets following a high speed car chase from downtown Cleveland to Heritage Middle School in neighboring East Cleveland. (For more information contact activists Kathy Wray Coleman of the Imperial Women Coalition at (216) 659-0473, Art McKoy of Black on Black Crime Inc at (216) 253-4070, and Alfred Porter Jr. of Black on Black Crime Inc at (216) 804-7462).


Participating activist groups who will rally on Monday include Black on Black Crime Inc., the Imperial Women Coalition, the Committee for Social Justice, the Carl Stokes Brigade , Refuse Facism.org., the National Black Panther Party, Stop Targeting Ohio's Poor, the Cleveland People's Forum, and the Black Man's Army.


Activists are angry because an arbitrator, on Tuesday, ruled that while officer Michael Brelo should remain fired, the other five officer fired out of the 13 that did the shooting, none of them Black, should get their jobs back without back pay.


They say all six should remain fired and that arbitrator William Heekin was bias in favor of the cops, and that he exceeded his authority under the terms of the collective bargaining agreement at issue.


On Monday activists will call on the city to appeal the arbitration decision to the common pleas court within the 30 day time line since it was issued by the arbitrator on June 13.


If the city refuses the requested appeal the community is without redress, the Ohio Supreme Court ruling via unrelated case law that only the union and management can seek to overturn an arbitrary arbitration decision issued via a collective bargaining agreement between a public employer and union.

 

Brelo was exceptionally callus and shot 49 of the 137 bullets into the car Russell had been driving, after it became cornered and stationary at Heritage school, and was surrounded by an army of cops allegedly hell bent on getting vengeance by any means necessary.


Heekin, who was chosen by the city and the police union from a list of arbitrators from the American Arbitration Association, also upheld the 21-day suspensions for officers Scott Sistek, Cynthia Moore, Randy Patrick, Paul Box and Det. William Salupo, as well as a 22-day suspension for Det. Michael Rinkus.


Activists say the arbitration process is a sham to the detriment of the Black community and others, particularly those subjected to excessive force and other police misconduct.

 

Mayor Jackson issued a press release on the issue.


"The city terminated six of those officers and gave lengthy suspensions to the other six," said Jackson, who is Black. "We are pleased that the arbitrator confirmed the severity of the violations committed by the officers and that he upheld the termination of Officer Brelo and that he upheld the lengthy suspensions for the six officers whom the city had not terminated."


Longtime community activist Art McKoy of Black of Black Crime Inc. called the arbitrator's decision to hand jobs back to the five killer cops "terrible."


Don Freeman, who leads the Committee for Social Justice, and who led the charge for the mayor to fire the cops, said he and his group members will attend the rally, which will also include a press conference, activists said.


The city and the police union [the Cleveland Police Patromen's Association] can appeal the arbitrator's binding decision to the court of common pleas on grounds that the arbitrator abused his authority, though overturning an arbitration award in Ohio rarely occurs, regardless of the merits of the case.


In addition to Brelo, the other police officers fired of the 13 that gunned down Williams and Russell were Det. Erin O'Donnell  officers Brian Sabolik, Wilfredo Diaz and Michael Farley, and Det. Chris Ereg.


The car chase that resulted in the unprecedented deaths of two innocent Black people culminated in some 64 police cars and some 105 officers, those that did the killing ignoring supervisor orders to back down.


Williams, 30, and Russell, 43, both homeless but not wanted by the law, died at the scene, police later claiming that they were in hot pursuit of the pair due to a mistake by the cop that initiated the chase of the alleged backfiring of Russell's 1979 Malibu Classic as a gun shot


Former county prosecutor Timothy McGinty shielded all of the police officers but Brelo from criminal indictments by a grand jury after they appeared before the grand jury in tears, fake tears, in fact, say community activists.


Brelo faced manslaughter charges in 2015 in a bench trial before Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas Judge John 'Donnell who, on May 23, 2015,  freed him on all charges, namely two counts of voluntary manslaughter.


The verdict caused racial unrest with police in riot gear arresting some 71 protesters, mainly in downtown Cleveland, and on charges primarily of obstruction of official business and resisting arrest, many for scrimmages with police.


O'Donnell, who is White, lost a a bid for the Ohio Supreme Court last year by roughly 24,000 votes following fallout from Black voters regarding his controversial verdict, and outright criticism from activists and several Black members of Cleveland City, led by Ward 9 Councilman Kevin Conwell.


The city of Cleveland is currently under a court-monitored consent decree for police reforms with the U.S. Department of Justice.


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Last Updated on Thursday, 22 June 2017 06:45

137 bullets killer Cleveland cops get their jobs back via arbitration as community activists will rally at 5 pm June 16, 2017 at Heritage Middle School....Malissa Williams and Tim Russell were Black and gunned down unarmed in 2012 following a car chase

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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),  fired Cleveland police patrolman Michael Brelo (in blue shirt), former 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).


, Ohio's most read digital Black newspapers with some 4.5 million readers on Google Plus alone. And the ClevelandUrbanNews.Com website stats reveal some 26 million hits since 2012. Tel: (216) 659-0473. Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Kathy Wray Coleman, editor-in-chief, and who trained for 17 years at the Call and Post Newspaper in Cleveland, Ohio. We interviewed former president Barack Obama one-on-one when he was campaigning for president. As to the Obama interview, CLICK HERE TO READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE AT CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM, OHIO'S LEADER IN BLACK DIGITAL NEWS.


CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM-CLEVELAND, Ohio- Community members and community activists will rally at 5 pm on Friday, June 16, 2017 in the parking lot of Heritage Middle School where unarmed Blacks Malissa Williams and Timothy Russell were gunned down in 2012 by 13 non-Black Cleveland cops slinging 137 bullets following a high speed car chase from downtown Cleveland to the middle school in neighboring East Cleveland. (For more information contact activists Kathy Wray Coleman of the Imperial Women Coalition at (216) 659-0473, Art McKoy of Black on Black Crime Inc at (216) 253-4070, and Alfred Porter Jr. of Black on Black Crime Inc at (216) 804-7462).


Activists are angry because an arbitrator, on Tuesday, ruled that while officer Michael Brelo should remain fired, the other five officer fired out of the 13 that did the shooting, none of them Black, should get their jobs back without back pay.


They say all six should remain fired and that arbitrator William Heekin was bias in favor of the cops, and that he exceeded his authority under the terms of the collective bargaining agreement at issue.


Brelo was exceptionally callus and shot 49 of the 137 bullets into the car Russell had been driving, after it became cornered and stationary at Heritage school, and was surrounded by an army of cops allegedly hell bent on getting vengeance by any means necessary.


Heekin, who was chosen by the city and the police union from a list of arbitrators from the American Arbitration Association, also upheld the 21-day suspensions for officers Scott Sistek, Cynthia Moore, Randy Patrick, Paul Box and Det. William Salupo, as well as a 22-day suspension for Det. Michael Rinkus.


Activists say the arbitration process is a sham to the detriment of the Black community and others, particularly those subjected to excessive force and other police misconduct.


Participating activist groups who will rally on Friday include Black on Black Crime Inc., the Imperial Women Coalition, the Committee for Social Justice, the Carl Stokes Brigade , Refuse Facism.org., and the Black Man's Army.


Mayor Jackson issued a press release on the issue.


"The city terminated six of those officers and gave lengthy suspensions to the other six," said Jackson, who is Black. "We are pleased that the arbitrator confirmed the severity of the violations committed by the officers and that he upheld the termination of Officer Brelo and that he upheld the lengthy suspensions for the six officers whom the city had not terminated."

Longtime community activist Art McKoy of Black of Black Crime Inc. called the arbitrator's decision to hand jobs back to the five killer cops "terrible."


Don Freeman, who leads the Committee for Social Justice, and who led the charge for the mayor to fire the cops, said he and his group members will attend the rally, which will also include a press conference, activists said.


The city and the police union [the Cleveland Police Patromen's Association] can appeal the arbitrator's binding decision to the court of common pleas on grounds that the arbitrator abused his authority, though overturning an arbitration award in Ohio rarely occurs, regardless of the merits of the case.


In addition to Brelo, the other police officers fired of the 13 that gunned down Williams and Russell were Det. Erin O'Donnell  officers Brian Sabolik, Wilfredo Diaz and Michael Farley, and Det. Chris Ereg.

 

The car chase that resulted in the unprecedented deaths of two innocent Black people culminated in some 64 police cars and some 105 officers, those that did the killing ignoring supervisor orders to back down.


Williams, 30, and Russell, 43, both homeless but not wanted by the law, died at the scene, police later claiming that they were in hot pursuit of the pair due to a mistake by the cop that initiated the chase of the alleged backfiring of Russell's 1979 Malibu Classic as a gun shot


Former county prosecutor Timothy McGinty shielded all of the police officers but Brelo from criminal indictments by a grand jury after they appeared before the grand jury in tears, fake tears, in fact, say community activists.


Brelo faced manslaughter charges in 2015 in a bench trial before Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas Judge John 'Donnell who, on May 23, 2015,  freed him on all charges, namely two counts of voluntary manslaughter.


The verdict caused racial unrest with police in riot gear arresting some 71 protesters, mainly in downtown Cleveland, and on charges primarily of obstruction of official business and resisting arrest, many for scrimmages with police.


O'Donnell, who is White, lost a a bid for the Ohio Supreme Court last year by roughly 24,000 votes following fallout from Black voters regarding his controversial verdict, and outright criticism from activists and several Black members of Cleveland City, led by Ward 9 Councilman Kevin Conwell.


The city of Cleveland is currently under a court-monitored consent decree for police reforms with the U.S. Department of Justice.


 

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Last Updated on Saturday, 17 June 2017 19:13

The Cleveland Cavaliers, after winning Game 4 of the NBA finals, say Game 5 against Golden State on Monday, June 12 is 'do or die,' the Warriors of whom are up in the finals series 3-1 for the best of a possible 7 games....By editor Kathy Wray Coleman

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Pictured are Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue and Cavs megastars LeBron James (wearing headband) and Kyrie Irving

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, Ohio's most read digital Black newspapers with some 4.5 million readers on Google Plus alone. And the ClevelandUrbanNews.Com website stats reveal some 26 million hits since 2012. Tel: (216) 659-0473. Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Kathy Wray Coleman, editor-in-chief, and who trained for 17 years at the Call and Post Newspaper in Cleveland, Ohio. We interviewed former president Barack Obama one-on-one when he was campaigning for president. As to the Obama interview, CLICK HERE TO READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE AT CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM, OHIO'S LEADER IN BLACK DIGITAL NEWS.


CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM-CLEVELAND, Ohio- After winning Game 4 on Friday night against the Golden State Warriors, 137-116, an elimination round that, had they lost, would have sent the Cleveland Cavaliers packing, head coach Tyronn Lue and his Cavs team will play the Warriors in Game 5 of the NBA finals on Mon, June 12 at 9 pm ET at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, California.

 

The Game 4 win for the Cavs on their home turf at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland put a dent in the Warriors perfect post-season record.

 

Coach Lue said the fight is on.

 

"We are a tough team to beat," said Lue. "This is the results you get when we play our best."

 

But he did not sugarcoat the 3-1 games finals deficit, which mirrors that of last year against the Warriors when Cleveland ultimately brought home the championship, its first ever, Lue saying Friday that his team must, again, rise to the occasion.

 

Going into Game 4 the Cavs were down 3-0 in a series of the best of a possible seven games, and they came out fighting in what sports pundits are calling one of the greatest performances in NBA finals history.

 

Led by LeBron James and Kyrie Irving, the Cavs shot 66.3 percent from the field, and garnered 49 points in just the first quarter, the latter an NBA finals record for the most points scored in a given quarter.

 

James finished with 31 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds, and his ninth triple-double- a record that surpasses that of Magic Johnson, who has eight.

 

Irving led the  Cavs in scoring with 40 points, including seven three-pointers, and Kevin Love put up, 23, including six three- pointers,  the trio of James, Irving and Love scoring 94 points combined.

 

The Cavs shot 24-of-45 from three-point range.

 

The Cavs, no doubt, played an astounding game, also breaking NBA finals records for the most three pointers in the finals at 24, which broke the record set by the Warriors in Game 2, and the most points scored in a finals game with the 137 points win Friday night.

 

JR Smith got 15 points and Tristan Thompson had 5 assists and 10 rebounds, his best in rebounding to date for the finals series.

 

Irving told reporters after the game that  a lot is on the line.

 

"It's  do or die,"  said Irving. "We understand that."

 

An Akron, Ohio native, four-time NBA MVP, and the 2016 Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the year, James, 32,  echoed that sentiment.

 

'It's going to be tougher in Game 5 but we look forward to the challenge," said James

 

Kevin Durrant led the warriors in scoring with 35 points and Stephen Curry was held to 14 points,  going two-for-nine  on three-pointers, and four-for-13 overall.

 

Draymond Green led Golden State in rebounds, with 14.

 

Curry called his team's loss to Cleveland in Game 4 "just one of those games."

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