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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).

Appeals court upholds Cleveland mayoral candidate Eric Brewer's 2016 misdemeanor convictions, though police had neither reasonable suspicion nor probable cause to pull over his car and to subsequently search the vehicle

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CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM-BOSTON HEIGHTS, Ohio- Cleveland mayoral candidate Eric Brewer (pictured), dressed as a woman and claiming his name was “Erica,” was arrested 22-months ago for alleged marijuana possession and driving with a suspended license, though data suggest that the cop at issue had neither reasonable suspicion nor probable cause to pull his car over that day in October 2015.

Last week Brewer's misdemeanor convictions were upheld by the 9th District Court of Appeals in Summit County in a unanimous decision, an indication, said sources, that police can do whatever they want to Black people and their actions are upheld by seemingly unfair and racist judges at every level.

Brewer is Black and has 45 days from the date the decision was journalized to file a memorandum in support of jurisdiction to ask the Ohio Supreme Court to hear the case. He must convince the high court that the issue is of great public and general interest or that what happen to him was unconstitutional, if he properly raised the issue of alleged unconstitutionality at the trial court level.  Regardless, the state's court of last resort only hears a fraction of the cases it is not required to hear by law or other authorities.

Studies show that nationwide Blacks are four to six times more likely to be stopped by police than their White counterparts.

The former East Cleveland mayor and outspoken Black  journalist is among eight candidates challenging Mayor Frank Jackson in this year's election for Cleveland mayor.

The outcome of the case has no bearing on his mayoral aspirations since the case involved misdemeanor convictions.

Boston Heights is a village of Summit County and is 32 miles south of Cleveland, a city of Cuyahoga County, the state's second largest of 88 counties.

Its 1,300 residents are overwhelmingly White and the village has a median household income of some $98,000.

Brewer acted as his own lawyer in the case, including on appeal, and argued a lack of probable cause or reasonable suspicion for police to even pull his car over.

 

The controversial Brewer, who began his writing career at the Call and Post Newspaper and once published his own newspaper, the Challenger, and edited the now defunct Cleveland Life newspaper, was found guilty in Stow Municipal Court of possessing marijuana and drug paraphernalia and driving with a suspended license by Judge Lisa Coates in March 2016. He was fined $1526.

Police stopped Brewer’s black Mercedes on state Route 8 at about 1 a.m. on Oct 23,. 2015 after checking a law enforcement data base, data show. And after arresting Brewer and towing the car police say they found the marijuana and paraphernalia, a coincidence, they say.

The mayoral candidate was driving with a a suspended license, police said, though that is not a legal basis for pulling his car over since anybody could have been driving and Brewer had not broken any laws that police witnessed.  And how police managed to search his car without his consent or even a claim of alcohol or other substance abuse impairment, raises a claim of a possible unlawful search and seizure under the 4th amendment, among other illegalities, case law suggests.

“I go by the name Erica,” Brewer,  63, initially said when he was pulled over, a dash cam video of the incident reveals.

 

He eventually gave his name, police said.

Public records also reveal that he was wearing a black and white dress, a wig, high heels and makeup, another indication that he may have been the subject of racial profiling, and harassment.

Photos of Brewer dressed as a woman made national news in 2009 when he was mayor of East Cleveland, a majority Black and impoverished Cleveland suburb.

He lost his re-election bid that year to Gary Norton, whom East Cleveland voters recalled last year.

Brewer was cited in 2013 for driving with a suspended license after Akron police stopped him. He paid a fine in that case and was sentenced to 100 hours of community service.

 

Clevelandurbannews.com and 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, 11 August 2017 06:28

Some 9 judges attend funeral for former Cleveland judge Pauline Tarver in their robes where Mayor Jackson gave remarks and the Rev. Dr. Todd Davis did the eulogy, coupled with a presentation by the Black Women's PAC

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CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM-CLEVELAND, Ohio-Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson, at least nine area judges wearing their robes, mayoral candidates Councilman Jeff Johnson and state Rep Bill Patmon, and members of the Black Women's PAC and the National Council of Negro Women were among mourners that attended funeral services for former Cleveland judge Pauline Tarver at Antioch Baptist Church in Cleveland Saturday morning.

 

A Democrat and former executive director of the Cleveland NAACP turned judge, Tarver, an active member at Antioch, one of the city's most prominent Black churches, died on July 26.

 

Antioch Baptist Church senior pastor the Rev Dr. Todd C. Davidson did the eulogy.

 

The judges sitting on the dais in their  distinguished robes included Cleveland Municipal Court judges Lauren Moore, Pinkey Carr and Michael Sliwinski, Cleveland Heights Judge A. Deane Buchanan, Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judges Cassandra Collier-Williams and Joan Synenburg, Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court Judge Michael John Ryan,  and Ohio 8th District Appellate Court Judges Melody Stewart and Anita Laster Mays, all of them Democrats and Black but White Republicans Synenburg and Sliwinski.

 

An incumbent seeking an unprecedented fourth term this year, Mayor Jackson, who is Black, was the only elected official to speak and he spoke of Tarver as a longtime friend and a champion "for Civil Rights."

 

Services were by Lucas Memorial Chapel in Cleveland with an interment at Highland Park Cemetery.

 

The Black Women's PAC, led by its president Elaine Gohlstin, also president and CEO of the Harvard Community Services Center in Cleveland, did a salute to Tarver, and Lucretia Bolden sang the song "Stand."

 

Among the community, others there included state Rep.Janine Boyd, Cleveland judicial candidates Jasmin Torres-Lugo and Michael Nelson Sr., a Cleveland criminal defense attorney who is on leave as the local chapter president of the Cleveland NAACP as he campaigns, and affluent criminal defense attorney Roger Synenburg, a Cuyahoga County Republican Party key affiliate, and the husband of  Judge Joan Synenburg.

 

State Rep, Patmon, also a former city councilman told

Clevelandurbannews.com and Kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com, Ohio's most read digital Black newspaper and Black blog, that service was impressive, and a well-deserved tribute to Tarver.


Tarver graduated from John Adams High School in Cleveland, John Carroll University and Cleveland Marshall School of Law.

 

A women's rights advocate who once worked for the Cleveland Rape Crisis Center and volunteered for a local battered women's shelter. Tarver died while a candidate this year as a favorite in a four-way race to regain a seat on the 13- member largely Black Cleveland Municipal Court bench after she lost it in 2015 to the late Ed Wade, a Black Republican who succumbed to cancer in 2016. She was 63.

 

Tarver was born the sixth of seven children.

 

Her mother and father, Henry Tarver Jr and Sarah Massengill-Tarver, a brother, John L. Tarver, a sister. Paula Higgins, and a nephew, Paul Higgins, preceded her in death.

 

She is survived by brother Robert Tarver, sisters Irene White, Valerie Glendell, and Dorothy Pitts, surrogate daughter Victor Thurman, and surrogate sister Katherine Taylor.

 

Tarver was first elected to the Cleveland Municipal Court bench in 2003 and was reelected for a second six year term in 2009 before losing a third term to Wade in 2015. She was the executive director of the Cleveland NAACP from 1982-2003, and was also a prior grant writer and community organizer. She was a member of Antioch Baptist Church in Cleveland, the Black Women's Political Action Committee, and the National Council of Negro Women, among other organizations.

 

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 August 2017 21:12

Congresswoman Fudge denounces cuts by President Trump to funding for teen pregnancy prevention programs nationwide and in 7 largely Black school district of Cuyahoga County.....The school districts are ClevelandHeights-University Heights, Euclid, Garfield

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CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM-WARRENSVILLE HEIGHTS, Ohio - Ohio 11th Congressional District Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge (OH-11) (pictured), on Thursday, issued a statement regarding recent cuts at the federal level by the Trump administration nationwide and the Cuyahoga County Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program, a program initiated in 1997.


"I am deeply concerned about recent cuts made to 80 teen pregnancy prevention programs nationwide, including one administered by the Cuyahoga County Board of Health," said Fudge in a press release to Clevelandurbannews.com and Kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com, Ohio's most read digital Black newspaper. " Students in seven school districts in the 11th Congressional District depend on the Cuyahoga County Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program."

 

The seven east side suburban districts impacted by Trump-initiated cuts of some $2 million of  $4.8 million in federal grant monies stripped from the Department of Heath and Human are largely Black and are Cleveland Heights-University Heights, Euclid, Garfield Heights, Maple Heights, Richmond Heights, Warrensville Heights and East Cleveland, all of which have significant Black populations.


At the high school level where most teen pregnancies occur,  Maple Heights is 92 percent Black, Garfield Hts, 63 percent, Richmond Heights, 62 percent, Warrensville Heights, 98 percent, Cleveland Heights-University Heights, 77 percent, Euclid, 80 percent, and  East Cleveland 95 percent.

 

A Democratic stronghold, Cuyahoga County, the second largest of 88 counties statewide, and behind the capital city of Columbus, is roughly 29 percent Black, and includes the majority Black major metropolitan city of Cleveland.


A Warrensville Heights Democrat whose largely Black congressional district includes parts of Cleveland and several of its eastern suburbs, Fudge said that the  president's "cuts will have devastating effects on our region."


The federal lawmaker and one of only two Blacks in congress from Ohio said that it is unconscionable to take resources away from schools and students that need them most.


"Taking funding away from the schools which need it the most is mean, detrimental to our students, and could endanger our youth for generations to come," said Fudge.


Data show that some 10,000 children are born annually to teens in Ohio, 74 percent of them to young women 18 or 19 years old, and 89 percent of them unmarried.


According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, some 228,000 babies are born annually to young women 15-19 years old, though teen pregnancy rates nationally have been reduced since 2014 by some nine percent to some 26 teen pregnancies per 1000.


And pregnancy rates have continually dropped over a 20 year period in the United States, particularly among Blacks.


A 2016 CDC report found that nationally, teen pregnancies of Black girls have dropped by 44 percent since 2006, and partly due to prevention programs.


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Last Updated on Monday, 07 August 2017 18:22

Memorial services for former Cleveland judge Pauline Tarver, also a former executive director of the Cleveland NAACP, are Saturday, August 5, 2017 at Antioch Baptist Church in Cleveland with a 10 am wake and services at 11 am

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CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM-CLEVELAND, Ohio-Memorial services for former Cleveland Municipal Court judge Pauline Tarver (pictured), a Democrat and former executive director of the Cleveland NAACP turned judge who died on July26,  are Saturday, Aug 5 at Antioch Baptist Church on Cleveland's east side with a 10 am wake and services at 11 am.

 

Tarver died while a candidate this year as a favorite in a four-way race to regain a seat on the 13- member largely Black Cleveland Municipal Court bench after she lost it in 2015 to the late Ed Wade, a Black Republican who succumbed to cancer in 2016. She was 63.

 

She was endorsed in her most recent bid for judge by 11th Congressional District Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge, a Warrensville Heights Democrat and one of two Blacks in congress from Ohio.

 

Tarver's sudden death sent shock waves throughout the Black community since she was well-known in the community and in political circles as a judge and a longtime former executive director of the Cleveland NAACP under the reign of the once powerful George Forbes, a former longtime city council president.

 

She graduated from John Adams High School in Cleveland and went on to earn a bachelor's degree from John Carroll University and a law degree from Cleveland-Marshall School of Law.

 

She never married, and had no children.

 

She is survived by siblings, among others, and was close to her  her mother, Sarah Massengill-Tarver, a Civil Rights advocate who died in 2013.

 

Tarver was first elected to the Cleveland Municipal Court bench in 2003 and was reelected for a second six year term in 2009 before losing a third term to Wade in 2015. She was the executive director of the Cleveland NAACP from 1982-2003, and was also a prior grant writer and community organizer.

 

Additionally, Tarver was a member of Antioch Baptist Church in Cleveland, the Black Women's Political Action Committee, and the National Council of Negro Women, among other organizations.

 

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Last Updated on Saturday, 05 August 2017 03:47

Black women educators host fundraiser for East Cleveland mayoral candidate Una H.R. Keenon, who is endorsed by the Cuyahoga County Democratic Party, a fundraising event that also included Black elected officials, Black clergy and East Cleveland residents

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CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM-EAST CLEVELAND, Ohio-Black women educators of greater Cleveland held a fundraiser for Una H.R. Keenon, one of five declared candidates for the Sept. 12 primary election for East Cleveland mayor, at the Cleveland Heights home of David and Dr. Mary Rice on last Saturday, Rice a retired Cleveland schools principal and a member of the East Cleveland Board of Education whose home sits in the area of Cleveland Heights where the students attend East Cleveland schools.

 

Keenon is also endorsed by the Cuyahoga County Democratic Party its executive director, Lillian Sharpley, said in a press release to Clevelandurbannews.com and Kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com


The primary election for East Cleveland mayor and select city council seats is Sept 12 and Keenon is among four Democrats on the ballot.

 

The winner will face Green Party candidate and activist Devin Branch in the Nov 7 general election, and the only woman running for mayor.


A former educator, retired East Cleveland judge, current president of the East Cleveland Board of Education and the former president and current vice president of the Black Women's PAC that she founded decades ago, Keenon told Clevelandurbannews.com and Kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com at Saturday's fundraiser that she has what it takes to be mayor, including "proven experience and proven leadership."


Among the dignitaries in attendance were East Cleveland City Council members Nathaniel Martin and Barbara Thomas, East Cleveland Board of Education Vice President Eve Westbrooks, East Cleveland Public Library Board of Trustee Member Zakee Ameer Rashif, former East Cleveland councilman Charles Bibb Sr., the Rev Lorenzo Norris, who is senior pastor of Concord Baptist Church in Cleveland and president of the Cleveland Clergy Alliance, and the Rev. Benjamin Gohlstin of Heritage Baptist Church in Cleveland, the husband of attendee Elaine Gohlstin, president of the Black Women's PAC, and president and CEO of the Harvard Community Services Center in Cleveland.


"We need to show up and show out," said East Cleveland Councilwoman Barbara Thomas in urging Keenon supporters to rally others to vote for Keenon.


Other educators there included former Cleveland schools chief academic officer Dr. Livesteen Carter, former Cleveland schools elementary school principal Dr. Donna Kolb, teacher Sandy Patterson, and Meryl Tolbert Johnson, a retired Cleveland schools teacher and current member of the state board of education.


"We need to pay attention to the cities that border Cleveland Heights like East Cleveland," said Dr. Kolb, a Cleveland Heights resident.


Some East Cleveland residents were also in attendance.


"I am glad that Una Keenon is running for East Cleveland mayor, our city needs good leadership," said Carmen Dortin, an East Cleveland resident.


It was the second fundraiser for mayor for Keenon, a former social worker and school teacher who founded the first Black female law firm in Ohio before she was ultimately elected judge, the first fundraiser of which was held this summer in East Cleveland at her and her husband Coy's home.


A Cleveland suburb, East Cleveland is roughly 99 percent Black, has a median household income of some $20,000, and is broke.


In addition to Keenon and Green Party candidate Devin Branch, the other mayoral candidates, all of them Black like Keenon and Branch, are former councilman Mansell Baker, Dana Hawkins Jr, and current mayor Brandon King, the former council vice president who, per the city charter, was elevated to mayor after voters last year recalled then mayor Gary Norton and then council president Thomas Wheeler.


King is a Norton and Wheeler ally.


Keenon highlighted a 10-point plan, a core aspect of her political platform that includes jobs and community development, fiscal responsibility, and housing and safety.


Lucille Short, a Cleveland schools grandmother and great grandmother who was at Saturday's fundraiser, said she did not personally know Keenon but was impressed with her demeanor when Kennon was a judge and Short accompanied her daughter to court in East Cleveland.

 

"How people treat you can leave an impression," said Short, 81, and once a key parental figure relative to the now defunct Cleveland schools desegrgation court order. "She [Keenon] was fair with my daughter when my daughter appeared in her courtroom, and she did not talk down to her."

 

(www.clevelandurbannews.com) / (www.kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com). Ohio's most read Black digital newspaper and Black blog with some 4.8 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 Thursday, 03 August 2017 01:10

Ohio Supreme Court rejects challenge of Jeff Johnson's candidacy for Cleveland mayor setting the stage for a possible run-off between Johnson and Mayor Jackson, if Johnson can overcome 7 other candidates, including Councilman Reed and State Rep. Patmon

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Pictured are Cleveland Ward 10 councilman and mayoral candidate Jeff Johnson, who is Black, Summit County Prosecutor Sherri Belvan Walsh, and Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Michael O'Malley (wearing grey suit) )

 

Clevelandurbannews.com and Kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com , and Obamacaresurvives.com, Ohio's most read Black digital newspaper and Black blog with some 4.8 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-COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio Supreme Court on Monday dismissed a challenge to Cleveland Councilman Jeff Johnson's mayoral candidacy, setting the stage for a possible run-off between Johnson and incumbent mayor Frank Jackson, if he can overcome seven other bonafide candidates, including Councilman Zack Reed and state Rep. Bill Patmon, to gain second place, Jackson of whom remains the favorite in a race with nine total candidates and two write-ins.

The other running for mayor are former East Cleveland mayor Eric Brewer, Brandon Chrostowski, Robert Kilo, Tony Madalone, Dyrone Smith, and write-ins Jerome Bell and Camry Kincaid.

The non-partisan primary election for mayor and the 17 city council seats is Sept 12 with the top two vote-getter's advancing to the Nov. 7 general election.

At issue is a 1998 conviction for extortion that a Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court judge, per state law, expunged from Johnson's record.

The high court said in its dismissal Monday that Ed Davila, a White west side resident who filed the challenge after the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections in May rejected a similar challenge he filed, failed to file his brief or any evidence by July 27 as ordered.

Sources said yesterday that the attempt to oust Johnson, a licensed attorney who is Black and a clear Democrat like Jackson, Reed, and Patmon from the ballot, is frivolous.

The county board of elections, upon the written recommendation of Summit County Prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh, who stepped in for Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Michael O'Malley due to an alleged conflict of interest,  voted unanimously, or 4-0, to reject the challenge brought by Davila, a suspended and former Stark County attorney.

Neighboring Summit County includes the city of Akron, the native home of Cleveland Cavaliers power forward and NBA megastar LeBron James.

The board of elections challenge said in part that the board of elections should usurp state law and brand extortion as bribery, a felony conviction not eligible to be expunged under state law in Ohio.

But Walsh said in her legal assessment that the board of elections had no such authority, and that it is clear that Johnson was convicted of extortion, not bribery

A former Akron assistant city prosecutor, Walsh is a Democrat like Johnson, and a no-nonsense prosecutor who last year was elected to a historical fifth term.

A Glenville councilman who was head of the Black student union and homecoming king in his college days at Kent State University, Johnson was convicted in late 1998 by a federal jury of Hobbs Act extortion for reportedly receiving some $17,000 in campaign contributions from Arab-American grocers, in exchange for favors.

But the federal indictment did not charge Johnson with bribery. He was charged, in fact, with four counts of extortion and two counts of wire fraud.

The wire fraud counts were dismissed before trial and Johnson, who alleged entrapment to no avail, was convicted on three of the four extortion counts.

The councilman served nine months of a 15-month federal prison sentence.

When the federal indictment came down Johnson, also a former city councilman, was a state senator in ambitious pursuit of the congressional seat vacated by the retirement of longtime 11th congressional district congressman Louis Stokes, a seat currently held by Marcia Fudge that went to the late Stephanie Tubbs- Jones of Cleveland, who was Black like Stokes and Fudge.

The Ohio Supreme Court restored Johnson's law license in 2009 and in 2010 he was again elected to city council.

Clevelandurbannews.com and Kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com , and Obamacaresurvives.com, Ohio's most read Black digital newspaper and Black blog with some 4.8 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 Sunday, 06 August 2017 00:14

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CLICK HERE TO READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE AT CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM, OHIO'S LEADER IN BLACK DIGITAL NEWS : BREAKING NEWS ARTICLE: Cleveland police officers and detectives fired, including officer Michael Brelo, and six suspended as to the 137 shots deadly shooting of unarmed Blacks Malissa Williams and Timothy Russell.....Not all of the cops that did the shooting were fired....The firings should be vacated the police union says, which likely means arbitration ....A consent decree on police reforms with the city and the DOJ remains....Community activists renew the call for Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Tim McGinty, who shielded 12 of the 13 non-Black cops that did the shooting from criminal charges, to be voted out of office this year, and Congresswoman Fudge wants McGinty gone too.....Common Pleas Judge John O'Donnell acquitted Brelo of manslaughter charges....By www.clevelandurbannews.com editor-in-chief Kathy Wray Coleman

Cleveland police cars chase two unarmed Blacks from downtown Cleveland to neighboring East Cleveland the night of Nov. 29, 2012. The 23 -minute car chase ended in the parking lot of Heritage Middle School and culminated in 13 non- Black Cleveland police officers firing a total of 137 bullets at Malissa Williams 30, and Timothy Ray Russell, 43, the driver of the 1979 Chevy Malibu. Both Russell and Williams were Black, and both died at the scene.  Some 105 police officers and 64 police cruisers participated at some level in the deadly chase.


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CLICK HERE TO READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE AT CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM, OHIO'S LEADER IN BLACK DIGITAL NEWS Vote no on March 15, 2016 to the re-election of Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Tim McGinty (pictured below) Twenty-three years of racist and corrupt McGinty as to 19 years as a common pleas judge and four years as a county prosecutor are enough....He is pro- police, anti-Black, anti -fair and anti-Tamir Rice....Greater Cleveland community activists, including the Imperial Women Coalition, Black on Black Crime Inc, the Carl Stokes Brigade, Puncture the Silence, Revolution Books, Peace in the Hood, the Oppressed People's Nation, the Greater Cleveland Immigrant Support Network, Stop Targeting Ohio's Poor, the Million Women March Cleveland and the Cleveland Chapter of the New Black Panther Party, want him voted out of office, as do the Cleveland NAACP and Congresswoman Marcia Fudge ....Read here what McGinty, who is White, has done to hurt the Black community and others as a judge and as an overzealous and unfair county prosecutor......By www.clevelandurbannews.com editor-in-chief Kathy Wray Coleman



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PASS THIS ON PLEASE ACTIVISTS: Community activists to picket Cleveland News Channel 5 for harassment and defamation against Blacks and activists, harassment of the community allegedly led by News Director Jeff Harris (pictured), who joined the local televisionstation in 2014. Please call (216) 659-0473 if Harris, who is White, or anybody else at Cleveland Channel 5 News has harassed you or defamed you,or email us at editor@cleveland urbannews.com. Harris is reportedly being enlisted by police and Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Tim McGinty to harass outspoken greater Cleveland Black activists, and according to Reporter John Kosich, has agreed to slant stories against the Black community and community activists. Greater Cleveland Black judges and elected officials have also experienced the racist wrath of Harris and Cleveland Channel 5 News, data show. Harris is also accused of taking kickbacks in money to do malicious and false stories against greater Cleveland Blacks and others for corrupt judges, politicians, racist cops, JPMorgan Chase Bank, and others. (By editor-in-chief Kathy Wray Coleman)
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Kathy Wray Coleman is the editor-in-chief at Cleveland Urban News.Com and a 23-year journalist who trained for 17 years at the Call and Post Newspaper in Cleveland, Ohio. Coleman covered the presidential election for the Call and Post in 2008, including a one-on-one interview with now president Barack Obama.CLICK HERE TO READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE AT CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM, OHIO'S LEADER IN BLACK DIGITAL NEWS