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Cleveland Urban News. Com and the Cleveland Urban News.Com Blog, Ohio's Most Read Online Black newspaper and newspaper blog.  National political news, and urban news from Cleveland, Ohio.

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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Click below to read over 1,400 archived Cleveland Urban News.Com articles by year at our blog of (www.kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com)

 


2017 (69) 2016 (138), 2015 (213), 2014 (266), 2013 (227),


2012 (221), 2011 (135), 2010 (109), 2009 (50)

 

(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).


(CLICK ON THE WORDS BELOW THE BELOW PICTURE TO WATCH THE VIDEO) Cleveland Channel 5 News television station coverage and video of May 6 Seymour Ave rally with speeches from Seymour survivor Michelle Knight (Lillian Lee), activist Kathy Wray Coleman, who organized and led the event, state Rep Nickie Antonio, Patrice Brown, and activists Judi Holowatyj and Genevieve Mitchell, activist women calling for more funding and changes locally, statewide and nationally as to violence against women and children. Coverage came also from the Plain Dealer and channels 3, 8, and 19.This news video also shows our salute to Michelle Knight, Gina DeJesus and Amanda Berry, all 3 of whom escaped the then Seymour Ave home of rapist Ariel Castro on May 6, 2013 after being held captive for a decade... By Kathy Wray Coleman, editor of www.clevelandurbannews.com and www.kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com, Ohio's Black digital news leaders
She was one of the statistics, held captive and tortured along with two other young women. On the fourth anniversary of their amazing rescue, Michelle Knight, one of the…
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KATHY WRAY COLEMAN LEADS RALLY: Cleveland 19 News coverage and video of the Seymour Avenue rally featuring our march where Seymour Ave survivor Michelle Knight (now Lillian Lee) came out in support. The segment highlights our concerns for the health of women and children if the Affordable Care Act is repealed by congress. Thanks to all who participated in an event also covered by the Plain Dealer Newspaper and Cleveland news channels 3,5, and 19, 8., You often do not need hundreds or thousands of people to draw attention to a worthy cause..... Thanks to the many groups represented including Women's March Ohio, Women's March Cleveland, Imperial Women Coalition, the Carl Stokes Brigade, United We Stand out of Media, Ohio, Stop Targeting Ohio's Poor, Pro Choice Naral Ohio, Refusefacism.org, Protecting Our Children's Safety Before and After School and Peace in the Hood with Khalid Samad. Kathy Wray Coleman, Imperial Women Coalition, Clevelandurbannews.com and KathyWrayColemanonlinenewsblog.com Tel: (216) 659-0473


Dr Henry Louis Gates Jr to speak on ancestry and immigration at CWRU at 6 pm on March 23, 2017....Gates gained notoriety in 2009 when Cambridge police arrested him for breaking into his on home

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(www.clevelandurbannews.com) / (www.kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com). Ohio's most read Black digital newspaper and Black blog with some 3.6 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-Dr Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (pictured), a Harvard University African-American studies professor and ally of former president Barack Obama who gained notoriety when he was arrested by Cambridge police and charged with disorderly conduct for breaking into his own home on the Harvard University campus, a misdemeanor charge that was later dropped, is the guest speaker at a free open-to-the-public event on ancestry and immigration in Cleveland at 6 pm on Thursday, March 23, 2017 at the Maltz Performing Arts Center at the Temple-Tifereth Israel at Case Western Reserve University. (Editor's note: Secure free tickets for the event at case.edu/events/thinkforum or by calling the Maltz Performing Arts Center box office at 216.368.6062).


The Cambridge police altercation spurred a politically charged exchange of views about race relations and law enforcement nationwide and caused then president Obama, the nation's first Black president and a Harvard Law School graduate, to brand the harassment by police stupid.


Obama later entertained Gates and the arresting police officer, Sgt James Crawley, for a beer at the Rose Garden at the White House.


Gates' upcoming public talk is in conjunction with the CWRU Thing Forum series. It which comes at an opportune time and as racial and civil unrest mount internationally relative to President Donald Trump's controversial immigration policies and a proposed federal budget that cuts resources to seniors, the Black community and others, is presented by the F. Joseph Callahan Distinguished Lecture with support from community partner, the Cleveland Foundation.


His speech, said organizers, will also serve as the keynote address for the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities’ Cleveland Humanities Festival, featuring immigration as its theme.


Gates, 66, is a founder and editor-in-chief of the popular online Black magazine Theroot.coman Emmy-award winning filmmaker, literary scholar, cultural critic, and institution builder.


He has authored or co-authored twenty-one books and created fifteen documentary films, including the popular PBS series,"Finding Your Roots."


In his new documentary, "Black America since MLK and Still I Rise," Gates embarks on a deeply personal journey through the last fifty years of African -American history.

(www.clevelandurbannews.com) / (www.kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com). Ohio's most read Black digital newspaper and Black blog with some 3.6 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 .


Last Updated on Friday, 24 March 2017 18:56

Cleveland Hough area Councilman TJ Dow pushing neighborhoods over the $5 million League Park project with a community meeting scheduled for 6 pm on March 21 as Mayor Frank Jackson and his allies push for the commerical League Park project

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Pictured are Cleveland Ward 7 Councilman TJ Dow (wearing light blue tie), Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson (wearing eye glasses and beard), Cleveland Ward 10 Councilman Jeff Johnson (wearing light brown suit with hands crossed), Cleveland Ward 7 resident and journalist Mansfield Frazier (wearing open shirt), and Olivet Institutional Baptist Church senior pastor the Rev Dr. Jawanza Colvin (wearing dark grey suit and grey tie)

 

(www.clevelandurbannews.com) / (www.kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com). Ohio's most read Black digital newspaper and Black blog with some 3.6 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.



By Kathy Wray Coleman, editor-in-chief


CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM-CLEVELAND, Ohio-Cleveland Ward 7 Councilman TJ Dow, a former assistant county prosecutor whose ward includes the historic Hough District and the Saint Clair-Superior and Midtown and Asian-Town neighborhoods, will host a community meeting on Tuesday, March 21, 2017 at 6 pm at the Fatima Family Center, 6600 Lexington Avenue at East 66th St.


At issue is the $5 million redevelopment of the League Park District, monies approved via a city council ordinance, and a community project that Cleveland Mayor Frank  and city planners and architects, and even Dow himself all support and gave life to in 2014.


The meeting is expected to be controversial as Dow seeks to monitor commercial development in the impoverished Hough District, a Black area that is famous for the Hough Riots that occurred some 51 years ago, community outcries triggered in part by racial unrest and widespread public segregation.

 

Dow says that increased commercial business in the homestead area will heightened crime.


Dow's supporters and some residents in general say Hough, brought to fruition by longtime former councilwoman Fannie Lewis, should remain a safe-hood for Cleveland homes and that in the least streets need major repairs , the city schools remain in the bottom quartile statewide academically, and abandoned and debilitated homes are rampant.


Also a former community activist who overcame an effort by the political regime to oust him in a city council election four years ago in favor of Basheer Jones, a Muslim and Morehouse College graduate and community activist  pushed then by 11th Congressional District Congresswoman Marcia Fudge publicly and the mayor on the sly, Dow is a fighter and has taken on various commercial entities since he became councilman in 2007, including the powerful Cleveland Clinic.


Nonpartisan elections for mayor and the 17-member city council are this year with Dow facing Jones again, among others, and the mayor's biggest opponent to date being Ward 10 Councilman Jeff Johnson of Glenville, the underdog who like Dow, Jones and Jackson is Black, Johnson already running television campaign ads saying that if elected mayor he would reinvigorate Cleveland neighborhoods.


The League Park venue, situated at the intersection of East  65th Street and Lexington Avenue in the Hough, was once the site of a ball park built in 1891 and once the home for the Cleveland Indians and the Cleveland Buckeyes, the 1945 Negro League champions.


Babe Ruth made his 500th career home run  at the now defunct park


Restoration plans include restoring a bleacher wall, a  ticket house, Major-League size  and youth baseball diamonds,  and football and soccer fields.


Robert Zimmer, a White man and the director of the proposed Baseball Heritage Museum, unused and temporarily located in a ticket house at League Park, is seeking a city variance for 15 parking spaces but the Board of Zoning Appeals,  at the bequest of Dow, denied it, angering those in favor of the project, including resident Mansfield Frazier, a local journalist and  Mayor Jackson ally who grumbles that Zimmer has spots for 13 cars and needs 15.


Fifteen parking spaces are required by law for Zimmer to open up the museum for educational or other purposes.


But does Frazier, an ex-offender and self-made intellectual who owns a modest modern home in the neighborhood with his educated wife Brenda,  and who writes commentary for Cool Cleveland.Com, a White-owned alternative Cleveland magazine, really represent the vested interests of Black people in the overwhelmingly poor community of Hough?


Frazier and his wife own a bio-cellar and vineyard in Hough and he has complained in articles  at Cool Cleveland.Com that Dow "attempted to put us out of business too."


Frazier says  both homes and upscale and low-level commercial business can coexist, and balks that Dow is stalling progress for the redevelopment of League Park.


Like the mayor, Frazier wants the project to get fully underway,


The mayor's stance is not unusual as he seeks to balance the interests of the Black community and commercial retail, his critics saying he tilts too far to the left of the needs of his constituents and Jackson and his supporters arguing that such projects bring in monies to offset financial shortfalls that urban centers face in Cleveland and nationwide.


Dow, said sources, is torn between his commitment to his constituents as a whole and a community revitalization project that is tantalizing to big business and the elected officials they often manipulate.


It is, in fact, elitist, Black people struggling to put food on the table theorize.


A  three-term mayor, former city council president and political novice, Jackson is also facing community criticism, as are the 11-member Cuyahoa County Council and county executive Armond Budish, for a$140 million plan to revitalize Quicken Loans arena.


Billionaire Cleveland Cavaliers franchise owner Dan Gilbert says it is time for an overall at the Q where LeBron James and his basketball teammates, last year's NBA championship team first also this year in the Eastern Conference, perform their calisthenics.


But Gilbert, opponents of the proposed Q-arena project say, is offering only a fraction of the monies, and wants poor people and other greater Cleveland residents to make what foes of the proposal say is an unrealistic sacrifice.


Led by Olivet Institutional Baptist Church senior pastor the Rev. Dr. Jawanza Colvin, the Greater Cleveland Congregations and the Cuyahoga County Progressive Caucus the opponents of the Q-arena project say the monies can be put to better use and that poor and lower middle class greater Cleveland communities are crumbling as downtown is getting an ongoing makeover with little financial input from big business.

 

The city of Cleveland, led by Mayor Jackson and city council,  propose to handover $88 million for the Q-deal with city council holding hearing beginning next week on the proposed legislation.

 

Councilman Johnson, however, has publicly opposed the Q-deal.


According to a report released last year by the Brooklyn Institute in Washington D.C., greater Cleveland is in the top 10 nationally for residents living in concentrated poverty,


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Last Updated on Saturday, 29 April 2017 04:27

Louisville community activist Christopher 2X says President Trump's upcoming Louisville rally on March 20 will be met with a counter rally, and that Blacks must organize

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Pictured are Louisville, Kentucky community activist Christopher 2X (wearing suit and eye glasses), United States President Donald Trump (wearing red tie), United States Vice president and former Indiana governor Mike Pence (wearing blue tie), the late Rev Louis Coleman, a prominent Louisville and state of Kentucky community activist (wearing maroon shirt), and Cleveland activist and journalist Kathy Wray Coleman, a native of Louisville who resides in Cleveland, Ohio and leads the Cleveland based Imperial Women Coalition and edits Cleveland Urban News.Com and the Kathy Wray Coleman Online News Blog.Com, Ohio's most read digital Black newspaper and Black blog

(www.clevelandurbannews.com) / (www.kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com). Ohio's most read Black digital newspaper and Black blog with some 3.6 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-LOUISVILLE, Kentucky-A prominent Louisville, Kentucky community activist, on Sunday, told Clevelandurbannews.com and KathyWrayColemanOnlineNewsBlog.Com, Ohio's most read digital Black newspapers,  that President Donald Trump's March 20, 2017 political rally at Freedom Hall (the Kentucky Exposition Center) in downtown Louisville, Kentucky will be met with a counter-protest, which is scheduled for outside of Freedom Hall at the same time as Trump's rally.  (Editor's note: Doors for the  7:30 pm event, which requires tickets, are scheduled to open at 4:30 pm ).


"I am not leading it and it will be a collaboration of groups, but yes," said Louisville activist Christopher 2X. "there will be a counter- protest."


Formerly Christopher Anthony Bryant, 2X is likely the city's most prominent community activist behind the late Rev. Louis Coleman Jr., the state's most known activist in recent decades who died in 2008 at  64-years-old and was a cousin of longtime Cleveland activist Kathy Wray Coleman, a native of Louisville who resides in Cleveland and leads the Imperial Women Coalition and edits the Cleveland based Clevelandurbannews.com and KathyWrayColemanOnlineNewsBlog.Com.

 

Coleman's late mother, Dr. Gertrude White Coleman, was a greater Louisville community activist.

 

CLICK HERE TO READ THE ARTICLE ON THE MARCH 8, 2017 INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY RALLY IN CLEVELAND AT THE KATHY WRAY COLEMAN ONLINE NEWSBLOG.COM, OHIO'S MOST READ INDIVIDUAL BLOG

 

The Republican real estate mogul's last visited the Derby City, which is the hometown of late boxing great Muhammad Ali, in May for an endorsement by the NRA , which was preceded by a presidential campaign rally he held there last March.


A Republican, Trump won the presidency in November over former secretary of state and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in a stunning upset.


This week's political gathering in Louisville is, in fact, timely.


The U. S. House of Representatives, on Thursday, March 23, will vote on whether to repeal Obamacare, officially known as the Affordable Care Act, which is former President Obama's' signature universal healthcare initiative, a federal law that Trump and Congressional Republicans want replaced with their own healthcare brand.


Obama is the nation's first Black president, and whom Trump succeeded in January of this year.


Vice-President Mike Pence, a former governor of the state of Indiana, which is a stone's throw from Louisville via the neighboring city of New Albany, visited Louisville earlier this month to push for support of the repeal of Obamacare.

 

2x said that the possible repeal of Obamacare is alarming and that the Black community must bear its brunt and organize its people behind any public policy changes that might have a negative impact on the community.


"We must hold our heads high and collectively work together to sustain the hits from Washington and elsewhere that our communities might have to sustain," said 2X, who leads the Louisville-based activist group Hood to Hood.

 

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Last Updated on Friday, 24 March 2017 18:16

Legendary rock and roll musician Chuck Berry is dead at 90....Berry was among the musicians inducted into the Cleveland-based Rock and Roll Hall of Fame relative to its opening in 1996....By editor Kathy Wray Coleman of www.clevelandurbannews.com

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CLEVELAND  URBAN NEWS.COM-CLEVELAND, Ohio-Legendary rock'n' roll musician Chuck Berry (pictured), who was a guitarist, singer and songwriter, and a pioneer of the development of rock 'n' roll is dead at 90.


Berry died on March 18 in St Charles, Missouri  of old age.


He grew up middle class in Saint Louis, Mo., the the fourth of six children, and began his career as a member of the John Johnson trio ultimately embarking on a solo career. and mimicking Black singing such as the great Nat King Cole, and Muddy Waters.


He was among the musicians indicted into the Cleveland-based Rock and Roll Hall of Fame relative to its opening in 1996.


Berry's 1973 red Cadillac Eldorado is among  collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C., which now owns the artifact

Last Updated on Monday, 20 March 2017 06:13

Obama ally and National Democratic Party Vice Chairman Michael Blake, who is Black, is the keynote speaker for the sold-out Cuyahoga County Democratic Party Annual Dinnerr

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Pictured is New York state representative and Vice Democratic Party Chairman Michael Blake, who will keynote the annual dinner for the Cuyahoga County Democratic Party on Sunday, March 19  in Cleveland

(www.clevelandurbannews.com) / (www.kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com). Ohio's most read Black digital newspaper and Black blog with some 3.6 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.


By Kathy Wray Coleman, editor-in-chief

 

CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM-CLEVELAND, Ohio- New York state representative Michael Blake, also the vice chair of the national Democratic Party, is the keynote speaker for the Cuyahoga County Democratic Party Annual Dinner, which is sold out and will be held on Sunday, March 19 at the Global Center for Health Innovation in downtown Cleveland.


11th Congressional District Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge, a Black Warrensville Heights Democrat whose largely Black congressional district includes parts of  the majority Black major city of Cleveland, will not be in attendance, and neither will U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, organizers told Cleveland Urban News.Com.

 

Both Fudge and Brown have prior engagements. organizers said.

 

Other notable speakers include Cuyahoga County Democratic Party Chairperson Stuart Garson,  Ohio Democratic Party Chairperson David Pepper, 9th Congressional District Congresswoman March Kaptur, a Toledo Democrat whose congressional district extends to Cleveland, Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson, Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish, and Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Michael O'Malley.


State Sen Sandra Williams, a Cleveland Democrat and vice chair of the county Democratic party, and Blaine Griffin, second vice chair of the county Democratic party and director of the Community Relations Board for the City of Cleveland, are also among the speakers.


A resident of Bronx, New York, Blake comes to Cleveland following a divisive campaign for chair of the Democratic National Committee (DCC) that pit former assistant U.S. attorney general and former HUD secretary Tom Perez against Muslim U.S. Rep Keith Ellison of Minnesota, Perez winning and then naming Ellis as his deputy chair.


Held last month in Atlanta, Georgia, the chairman-ship election was the first contested DNC election for national leader of the Democratic Party since 1985.


Perez won by 35 votes in the second round, defeating Ellison, 235-200 out of 435 caucus votes cast to replace U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman- Schulz, who resigned in July 2016 at the height of the Democratic primary presidential campaign following controversy over Democratic emails relative to unsuccessful Democratic primary presidential candidate U.S Sen. Bernie Sander of Vermont.


Interim DNC chair Donna Brazil, who is Black and ran vice president's unsuccessful campaign for president in 2000, stepped in for Wasserman-Schultz, and was the acting DNC chair.


Former President Barack Obama supported Perez, and Blake, 39,  and a rising political star, is a staunch Obama ally, having served as the Iowa Deputy Political Director for Barack Obama in the 2008 United States presidential election.


Following Obama's presidential win Blake became associate director of Public Engagement and  deputy associate director of the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs. And he was the national deputy director of Operation Vote for Obama’s 2012 re-election.

 

Sunday's upcoming powerful political gathering in Cuyahoga County, a Democratic stronghold that includes Cleveland and the largest of 88 counties statewide, comes as Brown's U.S. senate seat is up for grabs in 2018, as are all of the non-judicial statewide offices, including the governor-ship.

 

In addition to governor, Republicans swept all of Ohio's statewide offices in November 2014, namely Attorney General Mike DeWine, Secretary of State Jon Husted, Treasurer Josh Mandel, Auditor Dave Yost, and Supreme Court Justices Judith French and Sharon Kennedy.


Two-term Republican Gov John Kasich, also a former congressman and a 2016 unsuccessful candidate for the Republican nomination for president, is term limited and, by state law, cannot seek reelection.


Publicly announced candidates for the Democratic nomination for the Ohio race for governor in 2018 include Ohio Senate Minority Leader Joe Schiavon of Youngstown, former congresswoman Betty Sutton of Copley, former Wayne County comissioner Dave Kiefer, and former state representative Connie Pillich of greater Cincinnati.


Others contemplating a Democratic run for the gubernatorial seat include former state senator Nina Turner, a Cleveland Democrat and national surrogate for Bernie Sanders' unsuccessful campaign for president, former Cleveland mayor and prior congressman Dennis Kucinich, and Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley.


Republican gubernatorial possible's include Jon Husted, whom Turner lost to in 2014 in her bid for secretary of state,  Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, also a former U.S. senator, U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci of Wadsworth, and Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor.


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Last Updated on Monday, 20 March 2017 23:21

9-1-1 dispatcher and off- duty cop disciplined in Tamir Rice Cleveland police fatal shooting as the White cop that killed the Black kid awaits a disciplinary hearing....Community activists are upset and want criminal charges against killerr ccop

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Pictured are Samaria Rice, the mother of slain

12-year-old Cleveland police shooting victim Tamir Rice, and Tamir Rice himself, and outgoing U.S.

district attorney of the northern district of Ohio Carol Rendon

 

(www.clevelandurbannews.com) / (www.kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com). Ohio's most read Black digital newspaper and Black blog with some 3.5 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.



By Kathy Wray Coleman, editor-in-chief

 

CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM, CLEVELAND, Ohio– A Cleveland 9-1-1- dispatcher has been suspended for eight days and an off-duty cop for two days relative to ongoing internal police disciplinary proceedings in the fatal police shooting of 12-year-old Tamir Rice, who was Black and gunned down in 2014 by a White cop at the Cudell Park and Recreation Center on the city's largely White west side.

 

The disciplinary action came down this week following internal administrative hearings for the pair.

 

Neither did the killing and both were disciplined by Police Chief Calvin Williams, who is Black, Constance Hollinger, the dispatcher at issue, and William Holliger, the off-duty cop just simply on the park premises, allegedly without permission, city officials have said.

 

Both of the city employees disciplined thus far are under the auspice of a collective bargaining agreement between the city and the police union as are the two White cops involved in the tragic shooting, and they have the option of grieving the discipline, which could ultimately end up before an arbitrator.

The officer who fired the deadly shot, rookie Timothy Loehmann,  and his partner on the scene, veteran cop Frank Garmback, are both awaiting disciplinary hearings, neither of them prosecuted with the help of since ousted Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Tim McGinty, his successor, Michael O'Malley, under pressure by the Rice family and community activists to bring the case before another county grand jury for possible indictments on criminal charges.

 

Activist Art McKoy of Black on Black Crime Inc was annoyed with the level of punishment handed down to date, and reiterated his group's stance that Loehmann and Garmback should face criminal charges.

 

He was joined by community activist Kathy Wray Coleman, who leads the Cleveland- based Imperial Women Coalition.

 

"Shame, shame, shame," said McKoy. "It is the same ole mess of injustice and we still want the police involved in killing Tamir Rice prosecuted."

 

Coleman called the lenient discipline status quo.

 

"Some top level Blacks, women included, and other people who are not cops or dispatchers protected by a seemingly racist police union regime are routinely fired by the city of Cleveland are forced out for less, and Blacks, many of them poor, are regularly indicted in Cuyahoga County and elsewhere on a ham sandwich, " said Coleman. "The nation's legal system is broken to the core and Blacks are disproportionately impacted while White cops continually gun down innocent Blacks in Cleveland and nationwide, particularly Black men and boys, and with impunity."

 

Rice's mother, Samaria Rice, has been in the forefront of community demands that the police involved in her son's killing face criminal proceedings.

 

She called the discipline "unacceptable."

 

The key Rice family attorney, Subodh Chandra, expressed dismay.

 

"Eight days for gross negligence resulting in the death of a 12-year-old boy, how pathetic is that?" asked Chandra.

 

In November 2014 police were summoned to the park and recreation center following a foiled 9-1-1 call to police dispatchers that a child was carrying a toy gun.

It is was initially not clear whether the dispatcher that took the call and was disciplined this week with an eight-day suspension relayed the entire 9-1-1- call message to officers Loehmann and Garmback, Garmback driving the patrol car that zoomed in without caution on the Black boy, and Loehmann firing the bullet that killed Tamir, a deadly decision he took less than two seconds to determine.

 

Nonetheless, the dispatcher was disciplined for allegedly failing to mention the toy gun to police, and the off duty cop got two days off without pay for allegedly not being authorized to be at Cudell the day the incident occurred, whatever that means.

 

Last year the city settled an excessive force and wrongful death lawsuit for $6 million shortly before the Republican National Convention hit the city of Cleveland, a largely Black major American city and the second most segregated city behind Boston.

 

Ongoing protests erupted nationally and locally in 2014 following the shooting, and racial unrest continues to mount against a largely White police department now under a consent decree between the city and the U.S. Department of Justice for police reforms .

 

Outgoing U.S. District Attorney Carol Rendon, the district attorney for the northern district of Ohio who, per her position, led police reform efforts regarding the consent decree for police reforms, announced last week that she is out of a job via the Trump administration.

 

The Black community, Black leaders, and community activists worry that new district attorneys in Cleveland and across the nation will be pro-cop oriented and that  consent decrees put in place in various cities nationwide under the Obama administration are  at-risk with a new pro-police president in office.

 

Steve Loomis, president of the Cleveland Police Patrolmen's Association, is a President Trump supporter and pushed his union to endorse Trump for president last year, an action that met resistance from the Cleveland NAACP, Black leaders, and grassroots community activists, among others.

 

The controversial Loomis, criticized  for backing fellow cops and union members no matter what they do, was a key speaker at a pro-Trump rally held on behalf of the president in downtown Cleveland some two weeks ago, one of several protests held in a dozen cities across Ohio that day that garnered counter protests in Cleveland and elsewhere.

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