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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 3.5 million views.

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Click below to read over 1,300 archived Cleveland Urban News.Com articles by year at our blog of (www.kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com)

 

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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).

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Police killing victim Daniel Ficker's mother to appear with activists today January 15, 2017, who also want the Cleveland cops that killed Tamir Rice disciplined for excessive force, at a 4:30 pm press conference at Radio One at 6665 Carnegie Avenue

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Pictured are Cleveland police killing victims Daniel Ficker (wearing blue) and 12-year-old Tamir Rice

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By Editor-in-Chief Kathy Wray Coleman, a-24-year journalist who trained at the Call and Post Newspaper in Cleveland, Ohio for 17 years, and who interviewed now 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. (Note: A former 14-year biology teacher and longtime Cleveland activist, Coleman is the most read reporter in Ohio on Google Plus with some 3.5 million views).


CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM-Cleveland, Ohio- The mother of slain police victim Daniel Ficker, who was shot and killed by Cleveland police at his Parma, Ohio home on July 4 in 2011 and whose family settled a 2.25 million excessive force and wrongful death lawsuit with the city two weeks ago, will appear at 4:30 pm today, Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017, at Radio One Studio at 6665 Carnegie Avenue in Cleveland. (Editor's note: Read on below for information as to a press conference by community activists at 4:30 pm in front of Radio One today to address the Cleveland police killing of Ficker, 12-year-old Tamir Rice, and others police killing victims)

 

Bernadette Rolen, Ficker's mother, will appear live on the Art McKoy University Show of Common Sense at 5 pm on Jan 15 in the Radio One studio to talk about what she says was the police murder of her unarmed son, and will be flanked by activists at a 4:30 pm press conference in front of Radio One.  The weekly program runs from 5pm-7pm on Sunday's (Call Art McKoy of of Black on Black Crime Inc. at 216-253-4070 or Kathy Wray Coleman of the Imperial Women Coalition at 216-659-0473 for more information. McKoy, earlier today, told Coleman, also editor--in-chief at Cleveland Urban News.Com, Ohio's most read digital Black newspaper, that activists and community members concerned about Cleveland police killings are invited to attend the press conference today.").

 

"I will be there for the radio program," Rolen told Coleman, a Cleveland activist who leads the Imperial Women Coalition and  has led rallies with McKoy for justice for Ficker, who was White, and others erroneously killed by Cleveland police over the last six years, including 12-year-old Tamir Rice, Tanisha Anderson, Malissa Williams, Timothy Russell, rapper Kenneth Smith, and Brandon Jones."

 

"And thank you for your support over these five and a half years," said Rolen to Coleman"

 

Activists will also address Cleveland police murders in general at today's press conference, including Tamir Rice, who was gunned down by Cleveland police and made national news last week after his mother, Samaria Rice, and Rice attorney Subodh Chandra, lambasted the city of Cleveland, Mayor Frank Jackson and Police Chief Calvin Williams for announcing internal discipline of police that does pot include punishment for excessive use of force.

 

A $6 million settlement in the Tamir Rice case from the city has been had, though the Rice family, led by Samira  Rice and Attorney Chandra, say that that is not enough and on Friday called the upcoming police discipline disrespectful and "disappointing and disheartening."

 

Samaria Rice wants the police officers involved in her son's killing, Timothy Loehmann, who pulled the trigger, and his partner Frank Garmback, to be criminally charged, something both escaped via impropriety by since ousted and former Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Tim McGinty.

 

Ficker was 27-years-old at his death where police claim without any evidence that he stole uncovered jewel at a party in Cleveland on July 3, 2011, the day before they crossed jurisdictional lines and beat him up and killed the father of two.

 

Officer Matt Craska did the shooting and was accompanied by officer David Mindek, both of whom have since left the force without any internal discipline or criminal prosecution, the latter also with the support of ousted former county prosecutor Tim McGinty, who is White and a former longtime common pleas judge. CLICK HERE TO READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE ON THE DANIEL FICKER CASE AND THE AFFILIATED LAWSUIT SETTLEMENT AT CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM, OHIO'S LEADER IN BLACK DIGITAL NEWS

 

Rice, who was Black, was killed by Loehmann, who is White, after Loehmann and and officer Garmback, who is also White, zoomed in on on the kid at  the Cudell Recreation Center on the city's largely White west side, aggressive actions that followed a 9-1-1 call of a child carrying a likely toy gun, a toy gun  in fact.

 

Among the discipline announced last week by the city of the two Rice cops is discipline for pulling up on the child in a police car allegedly without the requisite caution, and for Loehman having killed Tamir in under two seconds.

 

The Cleveland Police Patromen's Association, led by its president Steve Loomis, support the police officers involved in both the Rice and Ficker killings, as well as all other police involved in questional police killings, most of them involving dead Black people.

 

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Last Updated on Monday, 16 January 2017 04:16

Tonya R. Jones to be sworn-in as Cuyahoga County Domestic Relations Court's first elected Black judge at 4:30 pm on January 13, 2017 at the Rotunda of the Old Courthouse in Cleveland, an event that is free and open-to-the public.

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CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM-Cleveland, Ohio-Cuyahoga County Domestic Relations Court Judge Tonya R. Jones (pictured), a former juvenile court magistrate and Cleveland Ward 1 resident, and the first Black to win a seat on that court, will be sworn in at 4:30 pm on Friday, January 13, 2017 at the Rotunda of the Old Courthouse in Cleveland, 1 Lakeside Avenue.


A Democrat, Jones won the seat in the November election against Republican Janet Rath Colaluca , who was appointed by Gov John Kasich to the Cleveland Municipal Court on April 12, 2016 to fill the vacancy left by the departure of Judge Angela Stokes, a Democrat and a daughter of the late former 11th congressional district congressman Louis Stokes.


The swearing-in event is free and open to the public, and a reception will follow.


Cuyahoga County is the largest of 88 counties statewide and is roughly 29 percent Black. It also includes the largely Black major metropolitan city of Cleveland.


For questions, contact Bianca Smith at 216-202-5418


Swearing-in Ceremony of

Judge Tonya R. Jones

Cuyahoga County Domestic Relations Court

Friday, January 13, 2017

4:30 pm

Rotunda of The Old Courthouse

1 Lakeside Ave, Cleveland, OH 44113

 

A reception will follow.

Last Updated on Saturday, 14 January 2017 20:02

Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur hands President Obama awards to Cleveland community activist and journalist Kathy Wray Coleman, others, as America's first Black president will give his farewell speech at 8 pm CST in Chicago on January 10.

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Pictured are Cleveland community activist and journalist Kathy Wray Coleman, who is Black, United States President Barack Obama, and 9th Congressional District Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur, who is the longest serving woman in congress

 

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Cleveland Urban News.Com interviewed now 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. (Note: Cleveland Urban News.Com gets some 3.5 million views on Google Plus alone).


CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM, CLEVELAND, Ohio- Cleveland activist and journalist Kathy Wray Coleman, among others, received the 2016  community service award from outgoing President Barack Obama from 9th Congressional District Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur, a Toledo Democrat whose congressional district stretches to Cleveland, Ohio, and the longest serving woman in Congress.


The awards, handed out at Kaptur's Cleveland district office following recommendations from community leaders Renata Jakupca and her husband, David Jakupca, come as the president will give his farewell speech at 8 pm CST at McCormick Place at his adopted hometown of Chicago, Illinois. (Editor's note: The president officially leaves office on Jan. 20).

 

"I am pleased to hand out these awards on behalf of President Obama," said Kaptur,


The President's Volunteer Service Award (PVSA)  is a premiere award given annually for exemplary volunteer and civic service and was derived  in 2003 by executive order of then president George W. Bush, and following the "9-11 attacks."


A former 14-year Cleveland schools high school biology teacher who trained for 17 years as an investigative journalist for the Call and Post Newspaper in Cleveland, Ohio, and who now edits Cleveland Urban News.Com and the Kathy Wray Coleman Online News Blog.Com, Ohio's most read Black digital newspaper's, Coleman leads the Cleveland-based Imperial Women Coalition and received a women's leadership award in March from Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson.


Coleman has fought against violence against greater Cleveland women, including the victims of serial killer Anthony Sowell and the late serial rapist and teen kidnapper Ariel Castro.


She is also a champion of equity for Cleveland school children and has rallied in Cleveland against police abuse and arbitrary Cleveland police killings of Black and other people, and women.


She led a rally last summer on Public Square during the Republican National Convention in Cleveland against violence against women and police killings, nationally, against Black women and Black people in general.


In accepting her Obama award from Congresswoman Kaptur, Coleman, who attended the ceremony with community activists by her side, including Ada Averyhart, Marva and David Patterson, Cleveland African-American Museum Executive Director Frances Caldwell and Genevieve Mitchell, thanked the Jakupca's, President Obama and greater Cleveland community activists.


Coleman called Obama "one of the nation's great presidents." She said the president is a world class leader who will be sorely missed in the White House and that he has been a jewel for Black America and others.


And she thanked Congresswoman Kaptur, saying it was an honor to receive the president's award through "the longest serving woman in congress."

 

She said that activists want ''the Ohio State Legislature to revise its unconstitutional school funding formula."


Others that saluted Coleman that day at a luncheon in Cleveland held before the award's ceremony at Kaptur's office include Carnegie Roundtable President Charles E. Biib Sr., Jane Sheets, who is the former executive director of the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections, Shaker Heights Precinct Committeewoman B.J. Tucker, Charles Shepherd, Cleveland NAACP President Michael Nelson Sr., Holly Seawright, and community activists Mary Seawright, Dion Carmichael Thomas, Amy Hurd, Betty Mahone and the Rev Gwendolyn Pitts.


The complete list of award award recipients is as follows:


Joseph Bailey, Marty Cephas, Kenneth Maxwell, Dr. Joseph Wendel Kathy Wray Coleman, Patrick Cahill, Marty Allen, Abdul Jabbar, Brohi Eugene Schiopota, Leonard May, Don Bryant, ed the awards cerMarianne Quasebarth, Joseph Kocab and Robert and Mary Bennett. (Editor's note: Not all of the recipients attend the award ceremony at Kaptur's office due to prior engagements where bad weather in Cleveland caused it to be re-scheduled to December 19, 2016)


The oldest recipient of the 2016 PVSA handed out by Kaptur after recommendation from the Jakupca's , was 90-year-old Gene Schiopota


"What an honor," said  Schiopota after accepting his award.


The Jakupka's. of greater Cleveland, lead the World's Children Peace Monument (WCPM) group and the International Center for Environmental Arts (ICEA).


The WCPM and the ICEA are the impetus for the President's Volunteer Service Award, which, according to the White House, "enables community organizations as certifying and leadership organizations to amplify their gratitude by joining with the president of the United States to thank their most dedicated volunteers."


"All recipients of the president's service award are role models for all Americans," said Renate Jakupca.


(Editor's note: The World's Children Peace Monument (WCPM) is located at Coe Lake Park in Berea, Ohio. An original idea conceived during EXPO 2000, the Worlds Fair held in Hannover, Germany. It was designed and built by Environmental Artist David Jakupca at the historic ARK in Berea as a project of the International Center for Environmental Arts (ICEA) in cooperation with the United Nations 2000 Culture of Peace Program. The project is to encourage positive community participation through the establishment of site-specific works of public art, through cultural education and entrepreneurial training to children around the World).






 

 

 

 

 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 January 2017 12:34

First Lady Michelle Obama gives farewell speech, A Princeton University and Harvard Law School graduate, Michelle Obama leaves the White House with a 79 percent approval rating, compared to President Obama's final approval rating of 65 percent

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By Editor-in-Chief Kathy Wray Coleman, a-24-year journalist who trained at the Call and Post Newspaper in Cleveland, Ohio for 17 years, and who interviewed now 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. (Note: A former 14-year biology teacher and longtime Cleveland activist, Coleman is the most read reporter in Ohio on Google Plus with some 3.5 million views).

CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM-WASHINGTON, D.C.-Michelle Obama (pictured), the first Black first lady of the United States of America and the wife of President Barack Obama, the nation's first Black president, gave her farewell speech Friday afternoon, tearing-up, yet delivering a scholarly speech that reveals her background as a Princeton University and Harvard Law School graduate who has not forgotten her blue collar roots. (Editor's note: President Obama will deliver his farewell speech on Tuesday, Jan. 10 at 8 pm CST at McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois).

"No matter where they're from, how much money their parents have, no matter what they look like, or who they love, or how they worship or what language they speak at home, they have a place in this country," Michelle Obama said at a podium at the White House while flanked by a group of school counselors, one of whom received the School Counselor of the Year award, an award handed out via the first lady's Reach Higher initiative to encourage post-secondary education.

"Being your first lady has been the greatest honor of my life," the first lady said. "And I hope I made you proud."

Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama was born Jan 17, 1964 and was raised by her blue collar parents along with her older brother, Craig Robinson, on the south side of Chicago.

She is a graduate of Princeton University, where she earned a bachelor's degree in sociology, and of Harvard Law School.

She met the president, who is four years older, in their younger years, before he became famous, and as his boss at the Chicago law firm of Sidley Austin.

They married in 1992 and have two daughters, Malia and Sasha, the youngest to initially reside in the White House since Amy Carter.

Michelle Obama was an active and likable first lady whose approval ratings reveal the love and respect she has garnered from the American public since stepping into the White House with President Obama in 2009.

A USA Today/ Gallup Poll taken Monday and Tuesday says 79% of Americans approve of the first lady, compared to 65% for Obama, though his final approval rating soars above his predecessor, former president George W. Bush, who left office with a dismal 22%.

The first lady stood by her husband's side, after helping him become president.

She campaigned for then U.S. senator Barack Obama, a former Illinois state senator and community organizer on Chicago's south side, throughput 2007 and 2008, delivering a keynote address at the 2008 Democratic National Convention.

And she rallied for President Obama relative to his reelection bid, and spoke at the 2012 Democratic National Convention. She returned to the campaign trail during the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia and delivered a dynamic speech in support of the Democratic Presidential nominee, and fellow first lady, Hillary Clinton.(References relative to the above two paragraphs from Wikipedia.com.)

A loyal Democrat like Barack and Michelle Obama, Clinton lost the 2016 presidential election to now President-elect Donald Trump, the Republican nominee and a billionaire real estate mogul.

Michelle Obama, on Friday, highlighted her speech with a call for America's youth to keep the faith and to make a positive difference in the world.

"Don't be afraid. You here me young people? said First Lady Obama. "Be focused. Be determined. Be empowered."

By Editor-in-Chief Kathy Wray Coleman, a-24-year journalist who trained at the Call and Post Newspaper in Cleveland, Ohio for 17 years, and who interviewed now 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. (Note: A former biology teacher and longtime Cleveland activist, Coleman is the most read reporter in Ohio on Google Plus with some 3.5 million views).

Last Updated on Saturday, 14 January 2017 19:30

Lawsuit of Cleveland police killing victim Daniel Ficker settled for 2,25 million after community activists, who rallied around the killing, demanded a fair settlement

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Daniel Ficker

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CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM, CLEVELAND, Ohio - The City of Cleveland has settled an excessive force and wrongful death federal lawsuit filed by the loved ones of Daniel Ficker, whom Cleveland police killed at his home in Parma, Ohio in 2011, for $2.25 million.


Parma is a Cleveland suburb that is 12 percent Black and has a history of police mishaps against the Black community, though Ficker was White.


Ficker's mother, Bernadette Rolen, and girlfriend, Tiffany Urbach, also the mother of his two children, recently notified a federal judge that they were amenable to negotiating a settlement.


The Ficker family attorney relative to the litigation is Terry Gilbert, a prominent Cleveland attorney with a history of settling wrongful death and excessive force lawsuits involving Cleveland police.


Mediation began Jan. 5 in front of presiding U.S. District Judge Dan Polster as Polster has settled other Cleveland police killing lawsuits, including that of Malissa Williams and Tim Russell, both Black and both gunned down in 2012 by 13 non-Black Cleveland cops slinging 137 bullets.

The families of Russell and Williams split a $3 million settlement.


The Ficker settlement, which requires probate court approval, also comes on the heels of the settlement by the city last year for $6 million to the estate of 12-year-old Tamir Rice, who was killed by Cleveland cops in 2014.


Urbach and Ficker's mother, Bernadette, and father, Dennis Ficker, who are divorced and Bernadette remarried, have rallied with activists relative to erroneous Cleveland police murders, including on Daniel Ficker's behalf.


And activists pushed for a fair settlement in the case.


"This case should be settled fairly if that is what the family wants because of obvious alleged wrongdoing and an injustice that needs to be rectified,"  said activist Kathy Wray Coleman last month for a story on the issue.


Coleman  leads the Imperial Women Coalition.


Coleman said then that "Cleveland police crossed jurisdictional lines from Cleveland to Parma and killed a 27-year-old young man in his prime with two children and a fiance."


Art McKoy, founder of Black on Black Crime Inc. and a longtime community activist, also agreed that justice was due to the Ficker family.


"We want what the Ficker family wants," said McKoy, late last month and also for a story on the matter. "They are a great family that has been fighting for justice for a long time."


Coleman said that Ficker is the lone White victim of Cleveland police brutality and an excessive force killing that activists have fought for in the last six years and that his case is as meaningful as the other police killing victims, including the Black victims of Timothy Russell, Malissa Williams, Tamir Rice, Tanisha Anderson and Brandon Jones.


Coleman said that activists are pushing a non-violent and peaceful movement for redress for unorthodox Cleveland police killings, and police brutality in general in Cuyahoga County, which includes the largely Black city of Cleveland.


Ficker, then  27, was shot and killed by Cleveland police officer Matt Craska during a July 4, 2011 confrontation at his home in Parma.


He had reportedly gone to a party at officer David Mindek's house the day before the shooting and was accused by David Mindek's wife of allegedly stealing her jewelry.


Attorney Gilbert, also a criminal defense attorney, told activists and Cleveland Urban News.Com, Ohio's most read digital Black newspaper with no affiliation to Cleveland.com, that "no stolen jewelry or any jewelry was found."


According to a Cleveland.com story, Kimberly Mindek, who is also Urbach's (Ficker's girlfriend) cousin, called her husband about the missing jewelry. David Mindek, who was off duty, and Craska, who was on, went to Ficker's home to allegedly talk to him.

 

They had no warrant and did not even notify Parma police that they were coming into their jurisdiction, public records reveal.


A struggle ensued, the lawsuit says, and Craska tried to arrest Ficker, claiming he had allegedly assaulted him during the altercation.


The struggle ended with Craska shooting Ficker in the chest and Gilbert says in the lawsuit that Ficker was innocent, and a victim of police abuse and malfeasance.


A grand jury cleared Craska of criminal liability, which is routine relative to Cleveland police killings, and regardless often of wrongdoing by police, data show.


Officer Mindek was acquitted of a dereliction of duty charge where prosecutors had said that he refused to help Craska make an arrest.


Both police officers are White and  have since left the force, though neither of them were disciplined by the city, Gilbert confirmed.


The lawsuit had been delayed due partly to an unsuccessful appeal by the city of Cleveland to the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals as to a district court ruling that Craska and Mindek and the city could possibly be held liable for Ficker's death.

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Last Updated on Monday, 09 January 2017 00:42
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Community activists to attend consent decree for Cleveland police reforms status conference before federal Judge Solomon Oliver at 3 pm on January 6, 2017 as watch dogs and are concerned as to police killings, President Obama leaving office

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Pictured are United States President Barack Obama (wearing grey suit, blue tie and no eye glasses), U.S. Federal District Court Judge Solomon Oliver (wearing grey suit, blue tie and eye glasses), U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch, and Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson (wearing beard)

 

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Cleveland Urban News.Com, via editor Kathy Wray Coleman, interviewed now president Barack Obama one-on-one. 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-Greater Cleveland community activists will attend, as watch dogs, the status conference on the consent decree for police reforms between the City of Cleveland and the U.S. Department of Justice from 3 pm-4 pm on Friday, Jan. 6 in Courtroom 19 A of overseer and Federal District Court of the Northern District of Ohio Chief Judge Solomon Oliver, who is Black.


The address is Carl B. Stokes United States Court House, 801 West Superior Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44113.


The consent degree follows an extensive investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice under then U.S. attorney general Eric Holder that found systemic problems in the largely White Cleveland Police Department, including abuses of Black people, children and the mentally ill, illegal taser usage, and gross disrespect of innocent people in general.


Cleveland is led by three-term Black mayor Frank Jackson, who is up for re-election this year and has not said whether he will embark upon an historic fourth term.


Activists are concerned as to consent decrees nationwide as President Barack Obama officially leaves office on Jan. 20 and U.S Attorney General Loretta Lynch, Holder's successor, leaves her role as attorney general under Obama, the country's first Black president. They do not want them watered down under a Donald Trump administration, and fear that that can easily happen.


President-elect Trump is under fire for nominating U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions, a conservative Republican out of Alabama with a record that the national NAACP says is hostile to Blacks and Civil Rights gains, as U.S. attorney general.


CLICK HERE TO READ THE ARTICLE ON THE ARRESTS OF THE NATIONAL NAACP PRESIDENT AND FIVE OTHERS ON JANUARY 3, 2017 FOR A SIT-IN PROTESTING THE TRUMP NOMINATION OF US SENATOR JEFF SESSIONS AS UNITED STATES ATTORNEY GENERAL AT CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM, OHIO'S LEADER IN BLACK DIGITAL NEWS


Cleveland's consent decree for police reforms also follows racial unrest as to the Cleveland police 137 shots killing of unarmed Blacks Malissa Williams and Timothy Russell in 2012 and the killing, also by Cleveland police, of 12-year-old Tamir Rice and Tanisha Anderson in 2014.


Others erroneously killed by Cleveland police in the last five years include Daniel Ficker, who was White, rapper Kenneth Smith, and Brandon Jones.


Also at issue for community activists is a proposed 'city policy' that would  give Cleveland police authority to arbitrarily send people to mental institutions at traffic stops and otherwise, and in the absence of a court order or recommendation from a trained mental health professional. And the proposed policy would occur as such even if the subject does not pose harm to himself or herself, or others.


"We will be there as community watch dogs and we hope that the Black community is not subordinated relative to the process becuase we have suffered enough," said Cleveland activist Kathy Wray Coleman, who leads the Imperial Women Coalition.


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Last Updated on Saturday, 07 January 2017 00:48

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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