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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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(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).

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

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Pictured are Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson (wearing beard and eye glasses), Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas Judge John P. O'Donnell (in sky blue tie),  fired Cleveland police patrolman Michael Brelo (in blue shirt), former Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Tim McGinty (in red-pink tie with polka dots), Community activist Art McKoy ( in red, black and green turban), 137 shots unarmed Cleveland police fatal shooting victim Malissa Williams (in white shirt), and 137 shots unarmed Cleveland police fatal shooting victim Timothy Russell ( in dark blue sweatshirt).


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Mayor Jackson issued a press release on the issue.


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

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


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


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


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

 

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


 

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Last Updated on Saturday, 17 June 2017 19:13

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

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

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

 

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

 

Coach Lue said the fight is on.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Draymond Green led Golden State in rebounds, with 14.

 

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

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Last Updated on Monday, 12 June 2017 17:01
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Tamir Rice's mother and her attorney meet with activists for a meeting led by Kathy Wray Coleman to thank activists, who will picket Prosecutor Michael O'Malley if he does not take the Cleveland police killing before another county grand jury

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Pictured are former Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Tim McGinty (wearing green suit), Current County Prosecutor Michael O'Malley (wearing white shirt and Black suit), who ousted McGinty in Democratic primary election last year to subsequently take the powerful county prosecutor's seat, 11th Congressional District Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge (wearing orange jacket), who endorsed O'Malley, 12-year-old Cleveland police shooting victim Tamir Rice (wearing sweater), Rices' mother, Samaria Rice (wearing breads), and Rice family attorney Subodh Chandra ( wearing eye glasses and gray suit)

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


CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM, CLEVELAND, Ohio– The mother of 12-year-old Tamir Rice, whom Cleveland police gunned down in November of 2014 at the Cudell Recreation Center on the city's west side, and her attorney, Subodh Chandra, met with Black community members and grassroots community activists on Wed., June 7 at Chelsey's restaurant on the city's east side.


The meeting was led by Kathy Wray Coleman, who leads the Cleveland-based grassroots group the Imperial Women Coalition, and who edits ClevelandUrbanNews.Com and the KathyWrayColemanOnlineNewsBlog.Com


A Black journalist, Coleman also trained as an investigative reporter for 17 years at the Call and Post Newspaper in Cleveland, a Black weekly.


Other activist groups represented include Black Lives Matter Cleveland, the Carl Stokes Brigade, the National Black Panther Party, Badass Teachers, the Cleveland Chapter of the National Action Network, BEMAD, Stop Targeting Ohio's Poor, Medina County Together, the Fairfax Business Association, the Greater Cleveland chapter of the Council of Negro Women, Raise Up Cleveland, the Cleveland Peacemakers, and SEIU.


Samaria Rice, Tamir's mother, with the Black boy's sister by her side, thanked community activists for staying the course in getting the firing of Timothy Loehmann, the cop that killed Tamir, and a 10-day suspension of his partner, Frank Garmback, both disciplined last week, and nearly a two and a half years after the Nov 22, 2014 tragic shooting.


Both Loehmann and Garmback are White.


Samaria Rice also said that she intends to start a charter school in Tamir Rice's name, a comment that drew to applause from the audience, who gave her a standing ovation for her strength and tenacity when she walked in the restaurant that was filled to capacity.


"Thank you activists, " said Samaria Rice, with Attorney Chandra adding that "a mother's tear's alone would not have been enough."


Chandra is representing Rice's mother, and the dead boy's estate, along with New York attorney Jonathan Abady, and Chicago attorney Billy Joe Mills, the skilled legal team that won one of the largest wrongful death setllement's involving police in Cleveland history.


A Cleveland resident, former Cleveland law director and former assistant federal prosecutor, Chandra said that community activists were the key to $6 million wrongful death settlement and the discipline last week of the the the two cops involved in Tamir's shooting death.


He also urged community activists to continue the fight, activists voting last night to first picket Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Michael O'Malley if he fails to bring the police killing before another county grand jury for review and potential criminal charges against police, and, if necessary, to work to get the Black community and others to vote O'Malley out of office when his four-year term is up in 2020.


Chandra spoke on how prejudicial the initial grand jury process was under ousted former county prosecutor Tim McGinty, who, according to Ohio 11th Congressional District Congresswoman Marcia Fudge, whose congressional district includes Cleveland, tainted the first grand jury process, including handpicking a law enforcement expert to testify for the grand jury for the cops, and in a prejudicial manner, the grand jury ultimately issuing a no bill, which means no indictment.


McGinty, a former common pleas judge, is White like O'Malley, whom he lost the Democratic primary to last year by 10 percentage points, and with the help of the Black vote in Cuyahoga County, which includes the city of Cleveland and is roughly 29 percent Black, and also a Democratic stronghold.


Kathy Wray Coleman said that Blacks are sometimes repeatedly indicted under the same circumstances until prosecutors get the charges they want, often in an illegal manner, and are maliciously prosecuted and convicted, coupled with excessive bonds and unfair sentences by a cadre  of corrupt and racist judges, who often protect corrupt cops like the county prosecutor's office often does.


Activists chose Coleman to send the letter demanding another grand jury to O'Malley with a June 28 meeting set to discuss his response or lack thereof.


A Democrat and an American-Indian by race, Chandra said that if it comes to pushing the ouster of O'Malley via either a recall or per any upcoming  reelection, he would suggest either Common Pleas Judge Michael Donnelly or retiring Cleveland Municipal Court Presiding and Administrative Judge Ron Adrine, who is in his last year on the bench, as a  good replacement for the county Democratic Party and community activists to consider, Donelly of whom is White, and Adrine, Black.

 

Police were summoned to the Cudell Park and Recreation Center on the city's largely White west side on the evening of Nov. 22, 2014 following a foiled 9-1-1 call to police dispatchers that a child was carrying a likely toy  gun, a toy gun in fact of which was later revealed.


Rookie cop Timothy Loehmann fired the deadly bullet that killed the Black boy after Loehmann and his partner, Frank Garmback, arrived at the scene and zoomed in on Tamir in less than two seconds, Garmback at the wheel of the police cruiser, precautionary action be damned.


Loehmann, however, was not fired for killing Tamir but for lying on his job application about discipline in another city as a former cop, his recent discipline in Cleveland that is more likely to stick than any discipline relative to excessive force.


Ongoing protests erupted nationally and locally in 2014 following the shooting of Tamir Rice, and racial unrest continues to mount against a largely White police department now under a consent decree for police reforms between the city and the U.S. Department of Justice, a consent decree despised by a  police union that is use to doing as it pleases.

 

The Cleveland Police Patromen's Association, led by outspoken union head Steve Loomis, has been staunchly behind Loehmann and Garmback, Loomis saying the kid pulled the toy gun when police arrived, though no such evidence exist to prove such a claim, the union appealing the discipline of the two White cops via the grievance procedure and likely subsequent arbitration.


Activists, during the meeting on Wednesday with Tamir's mother and Attorney Chandra, also agreed to picket Loomis if he continues what they say is harassment of Samaria Rice to the mainstream media.

(www.clevelandurbannews.com) / (www.kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com). Ohio's most read Black digital newspaper and Black blog with some 4.5 million views on Google Plus alone.Tel: (216) 659-0473 and Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Last Updated on Friday, 09 June 2017 16:20
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Cleveland NAACP Freedom Fund Dinner held and chapter president Michael Nelson Sr. defends LeBron James' response to racist graffiti as hundreds attend where actor Hill Harper was the keynote speaker and Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam is honored

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Pictured are  autor and actor Hill Harper (wearing black suit and Black tie). Cleveland Browns franchise owner Jimmy Haslam (wearing orange tie) Cleveland NAACP President Micahel Nelson Sr. (wearing eye glasses and Black suit), Cleveland NAACP First Vice President James Hardiman (wearing turtleneck sweater), former Cleveland NAACP president the Rev. Hilton Smith (wearing red tie and no eyeglasses), former Cleveland NAACP first vice president the Rev. Dr. E. Theophilus Caviness  (wearing  red bow-tie), former Cleveland NAACP third vice president Sara J. Harper, who lost a bid for branch president against Nelson in October 2015,  and George Forbes, a former longtime Cleveland NAACP president and former Cleveland City Council president (wearing blue tie, eyeglasses and dark blue suit).

 

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


By Kathy Wray Coleman, editor-in-chief

 

CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM-CLEVELAND, Ohio- The Cleveland NAACP on Sat., June 3 honored Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam with the organization's Freedom Fund Award for making the Brown's franchise one of the most diverse in the county, the football team now led by Black head coach Hue Jackson.


Hundreds were in attendance at the group's Freedom Fund Dinner at the Renaissance Hotel in downtown Cleveland Saturday evening, including corporate types, business groups,  Black leaders, and elected officials,


Those in attendance include Black Cleveland councilpersons Zack Reed, Jeff Johnson, Blaine Griffin and Kevin Conwell, state Rep. Janine Boyd and Stephanie Howse, Cuyahoga County Councilwoman Chantel Brown, the Rev, Eugene Ward, Cleveland Browns player Josh Cribbs, Michael House, Cleveland Municipal Court judicial candidate Sheila Turner-McCall, and Cleveland Municipal Court judges Janet Colaluca, Michael J Skindell and Ron Adrine, Adrine also among those honored.


Councilmen Johnson and Reed are among a crowded field of potential mayoral candidates seeking to unseat three-term Black mayor Frank Jackson this year, candidate Brandon Chrostowski, also a mayoral candidate, and also among those in attendance at the event.


The mayor did not attend.


A longtime Cleveland NAACP affiliate, Adrine, the presiding and administrative judge of the 13-member largely Black Cleveland Municipal Court, is in his last year on the bench due to the state law age limit for judges of 70,  and was also among the honorees.


No grassroots community activists were honored, though they have been in the trenches for years on issues from arbitrary police killings of Black and other people in recent years such as Tamir Rice, Malissa Williams, Timothy Russell, Brandon Jones, and Daniel Ficker, and Tamir Rice, violence against women, education, politics, and heightened crime in the majority Black major American city where the population continues to dwindle.


But the local Civil Rights organization and its chapter president, Michael Nelson Sr, a local criminal defense attorney, and the executive board got some flack from activists and others for honoring Haslam, a White billionaire, including some independent journalists like Roldo Baltimole, who is White, and the White managed Cleveland Scene Magazine. (Editor's note: Haslam also owns the Pilot Flying J truck stop chain, which has steeped in controversy, and has a purported net worth of $3.7 billion).


And this was after the Cleveland NAACP, this year, supported a $140 million deal to refurbish Quickens Loan Arena where the Cavaliers play, including an $88 million contribution by City Council from the impoverished city of Cleveland. (Editor's note: Community groups, led by the Greater Cleveland Congregations and the Cuyahoga County Progressive Caucus, have submitted petitions with some $20,000 signatures for a referendum vote on the Q-Deal as to city' council's $88 million contribution and have said they will sue if city council and the mayor continue to stall on putting the measure before voters on a lame claim that contractual obligations with the Cavaliers and others preclude compliance with the city charter that permits such a referendum vote)


Nelson told the Cleveland NAACP executive board, some members voting against Haslam getting the organization's most distinguished award, that Haslam deserved the honor.


The keynote speaker was author, actor and intellectual Hill Harper, 51, who has three ivy league degrees, including a law degree, and who attended Harvard Law School with former president Barack Obama, whom he campaigned for in Cleveland in 2008, the year Obama was elected as the first Black president of the United States of America.


In addition to acting in numerous television shows and films, including Spike Lee's 'Get on the Bus,' Harper, who is Black, played a key acting role for nine seasons on the hit television show CSI: New York, and he is currently the host of HNN's cable television CNN series "How it Really Happened with Hill Harper."


Harper lectured to the tenative audience on Black empowerment and unity, among other issues, and he spoke on the need for Black people amd organization's such as the NAACP to remain strong, unified and resilient at a trying time for Blacks in America.


Both Nelson and Haslam praised Cavaliers megastar LeBron James for his sophistication in addressing racist graffiti on his Los Angeles home on the eve of the NFL Finals, Cleveland losing Game 1 of the Finals on Thursday night to the Golden State Warriors and Game 2 of which is today, June 4, at 8 pm at the Oracle Arena in Oakland.


In response to the  N-word graffiti on his LA home James, a previous Cleveland NAACP honoree himself, said the incident "goes to show that racism will always be a part of the world, a part of America."


The annual Freedom Fund Dinner has ceased to be annual since 2013.


Nelson resurrected the local branch of the NAACP since it fell apart after longtime former chapter president  George Forbes, a former longtime city council president and attorney, quit in 2012, and the Rev Hilton Smith , that same  year, was elected to the helm of the chapter presidency.


No Freedom Fund Dinner was held under the leadership of Smith and the local chapter went virtually broke, Smith choosing to fore go reelection and Nelson elected chapter president in October 2015 over retired 8th District Court of Appeals judge Sara Harper, then the third vice president, and a Smith ally who is has no relationship to Hill Harper.


The fallout between the Nelson regime, that includes his allies of chapter first vice president and local attorney James Hardiman, and Smith's team, including Smith supporters of Harper and the Rev Dr. E.Theophilus Caviness, senior pastor at the prestigious Greater Abyssinia Baptist Church in Cleveland and the former first vice president, stifled the group for a while if not forever.


At one point the national chapter, which, last month, fired its  CEO and president Cornell Brooks, who has led the group since 2014, saying he was not assertive enough during a Donald Trump presidency that is harming the Black America, intervened in the election of Nelson due to heightened infighting that has caused membership to decline.


Brooks, who will officially step down this month, said his dismissal caught him off guard and that he thought he was doing a good job, including getting peacefully arrested earlier this year with five others for picketing and refusing to leave the then Mobile, Alabama district office of then U.S. senator Jeff Sessions, now the U.S. attorney general with the Trump administration.CLICK HERE TO READ THE CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM ARTICLE ON THE ARREST OF CORNELL WILLIAM BROOKS AND FIVE OTHERS AS TO THE PICKET AND SIT-IN REGARDING NOW US ATTORNEY GENERAL JEFF SESSIONS


Caviness, Harper and Smith were no shows on Saturday, and they remain discontented with chapter President Michael Nelson Sr and chapter vice president James Hardiman, sources said yesterday.


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


Last Updated on Monday, 05 June 2017 19:36

Ohio judge tosses out new law that prevents Cleveland and other communities from hiking the minimum wage above the state limit saying it was attached to a non-singular bill that became law and that the Ohio constitution requires single subject bill

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


By Kathy Wray Coleman, editor-in-chief


CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM-CLEVELAND,OHIO- An Ohio  judge has tossed out a new law passed last year by the Ohio State Legislature that prevents communities like Cleveland from increasing the minimum wage above the state limit saying it violates the one subject bill rule, meaning it was passed as as amendment to an unrelated bill rather than on its on individual merit.

 

The Ohio Constitution requires singular bills and related amendments and  Franklin County Common Pleas Judge Richard Frye ruled, following a lawsuit filed by 50 cities villages and townships, that the bill was a  runaway bill with no singular concept.

 

Senate Bill 331, dubbed the Christmas Tree bill because it was passed last December during a lame duck state legislative session and contains numerous amendments to what was initially a dog bill relative to regulating the sale of dogs at pet stores and other retail outlets, had several unrelated add-on changes or amendments of which included the aforementioned minimum wage law.

 

The controversial new law stopped an effort by Raise Up Cleveland and the Service Employees International Union to get Cleveland voters to approve a hike in minimum wage to $15.

 

Those groups secured a ballot initiative in Cleveland, and the measure can now go forward before voters on the Nov 8 ballot, at least for now.

 

Ohio's minimum wage is currently set at $8.30 per hour.

 

A bill is proposed legislation that may or may not become law and it can be introduced as a new law or an amendment to a law. It becomes law in Ohio when it is passed by the Ohio House and Ohio Senate and signed by the governor.

 

The state legislature can pass another bill in a singular fashion, which fuels the debate during an election year for Cleveland mayor and the 17 city council seats, Mayor Frank Jackson, City Council President Kevin Kelley leading the charge in getting the General Assembly to pass the town defunct law and outspoken city councilman Jeff Johnson,  a candidate for mayor this year, standing with activists, unions and the underprivileged that want the wage hike.

 

Raise Up Cleveland and the Service Employees International Union have endorsed Johnson, who is Black,  for mayor and he is among some seven possible mayoral candidates, including the incumbent Jackson, a three term Black mayor of the majority Black city, Ward 2 Councilman Zack Reed and former East Cleveland mayor Eric Brewer, both of them also Black, and Brandon Chrostowski, an east side restaurant owner and the lone White guy.

 

"The state legislature  will just pass another bill blocking minimum wage hikes above the state limit, and as a singular bill, " an Ohio state legislator told Cleveland Urban News.Com on condition of anonymity.

 

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White Cleveland cop that shot and killed 12-year-old Tamir Rice fired with applause from community activists upset because his partner got a lenient 10 day suspension....Activists Alfred Porter Jr, and Kathy Wray Coleman comment

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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

 

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By Kathy Wray Coleman, editor-in-chief

 

CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM, CLEVELAND, Ohio– The White Cleveland cop that gunned down 12-year-old Tamir Rice in November 2014 was fired Tuesday by Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson, and his partner, also a White policeman, was handed a 10-day suspension, community activists applauding the firing of the killer cop and expressing dismay over the leniency in discipline of what they say is his partner in crime.

 

"We are pleased that Timothy Loehmann, the policeman that killed Tamir, was fired, but we are disappointed that his partner, veteran Frank Garmback, escaped with a lenient 10-day suspension," said community activist and Black on Black Crime Inc President Alfred Porter Jr." Activists have fought this case since its inception because we knew from day one that the cops were wrong."

 

Kathy Wray Coleman, who leads the Cleveland-based Imperial Women Coalition, agreed.

 

"It is a victory but the ultimate victory comes when the police in this case are prosecuted, found guilty and imprisoned, and when true systemic police reforms relative to excessive force and other police misconduct, locally, countywide and nationally materialize," said Coleman, also a local journalist who edits ClevelandUrbanNews.Com and the KathyWrayColemanOnlineNewsBlog.Com, and who trained as a journalist for 17 years at the Call and Post Newspaper.

 

Police were summoned to the Cudell Park and Recreation Center on the city's largely White west side on Nov. 22, 2014 following a foiled 9-1-1 call to police dispatchers that a child was carrying a likely toy  gun, a toy gun in fact of which was later revealed.


Rookie Timothy Loehmann fired the deadly bullet that killed the Black boy after Loehmann and his partner, Frank Garmback, arrived at the scene and zoomed in on Tamir in less than two seconds, Garmback at the wheel of the police cruiser, precautionary action be damned.


Loehmann, however, was not fired for killing Tamir but for lying on his job application about discipline in another city as a former cop, his recent discipline in Cleveland that is more likely to stick than any discipline relative to excessive force.


Greater Cleveland arbitrators, data show, are prone to overturn discipline involving excessive force and Cleveland police, an example being supervisor discipline relative to the 2012 police killings of unarmed Blacks Malissa Williams, 30, and Timothy Russell, 43, both gunned down in cold blood by 13 non-Black cops slinging 137 bullets.

 

Ongoing protests erupted nationally and locally in 2014 following the shooting of Rice, and racial unrest continues to mount against a largely White police department now under a consent decree for police reforms between the city and the U.S. Department of Justice, a consent decree despised by a  police union that is use to doing as it pleases.

 

The Cleveland Police Patromen's Association, led by outspoken union head Steve Loomis, has been staunchly behind Loehmann and Garmback, Loomis saying the kid pulled the toy gun when police arrived, though no such evidence exist to prove such a claim, the union vowing Tuesday to fight Tuesday's discipline of the two White cops via the grievance procedure and arbitration.

A 9-1-1 dispatcher that answered the call from a bystander who allegedly said Tamir was pointing a likely toy gun when police anxiously arrived was suspended in March for eight days and an off-duty cop for two days.

 

Neither the dispatcher nor the off-duty cop did the killing and both were disciplined by Police Chief Calvin Williams, who is Black, Constance Hollinger the dispatcher at issue, and William Cunningham, the off duty cop just simply on the premises, but allegedly without permission, city officials have said.

 

Loehmann and Garmback were not indicted on criminal charges 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.

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.

Loomis and his Cleveland Police Patrolmen's Association are President Donald Trump supporters, Loomis having pushed his union colleagues to endorse Trump for president last year, which met criticism from the Cleveland NAACP, Black leaders, and grassroots community activists, among others.

 

The controversial Loomis, also criticized  for backing wrongdoing fellow cops  no matter what they do, was a key speaker at a pro-Trump rally held earlier this year in downtown Cleveland, 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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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