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Mayor Jackson, Cleveland City Council lose appeal over free speech right of Occupy Cleveland to protest on Public Square, Judge Blackmon writes decision, 2 get convictions here overturned, win is bittersweet for 4 members in prison for plot to bomb bridge

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By Kathy Wray Coleman, Publisher, Editor-n-Chief, Cleveland Urban News. Com and The Cleveland Urban News.Com Blog, Ohio's Most Read Online Black Newspape

CLEVELAND,Ohio- A three-judge-panel of the Ohio 8th District Court of Appeals has ruled a ban by Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson (pictured) and the City of Cleveland through a city ordinance passed by Cleveland City Council that precluded Occupy Cleveland and others from protesting on Public Square without a permit between what the ordinance calls curfew hours of 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. an unconstitutional violation of the protesters rights to free speech and freedom of assembly under the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. And the state appellate court for Cuyahoga County reversed the misdemeanor curfew violation convictions of Occupy Cleveland Members Leatrice Tolls and Erin McCardle in the same decision, which was released on Dec 6 and  is written by Ohio 8th District Court of Appeals Judge Patricia Ann Blackmon (pictured) with appeals judges Frank D. Celebreze Jr. and James J. Sweeney concurring.

"We conclude that the activity of the Occupy Cleveland group, including the appellants, was speech-related activity and is protected under the First Amendment.The First Amendment provides in part that Congress shall make no law abridging freedom of speech," wrote Blackmon in a 16 page opinion for the court. "The appellants [McCardle and Tolls] were engaged in peaceful speech-related activity at the Tom L. Johnson public park. The appellants should not have been required to obtain permission to use the park."

Tolls,47, and McCardle, 24, like the other members or former members of Occupy Cleveland, are not at all shy.

"I look forward to my day in court to see why the City of Cleveland and Mayor Frank Jackson think it is okay to deny me my constitutional right to peacefully assemble and to air grievances about our corrupt government in the free speech quadrant of Public Square," said Tolls during an interview with Cleveland Urban News.Com for a previously published article.

Jackson did not return phone calls seeking comment on whether the city will ask the Ohio Supreme Court to hear the case via the filing of a memorandum in support of jurisdiction within the required 45 days time frame after the appellate decision at issue has been journalized. But interim law director Barbara Langhenry said in a press release that "we are investigating our next steps."

The two defendants, or what is termed appellants on appeal, whose cases were consolidated and who did not get jail time from the trial court judge who stayed the guilty judgment pending the outcome of the appeal, are represented by J. Michael Murray and Steven D. Shafron of the law firm of Berkman, Gordon, Murray and DeVan.

Blackmon also said that the claim by the Jackson administration and interim city law director Langhenry that violating free speech in public venues of Cleveland is okay because the protesting and camping by Occupy Cleveland on Public Square was an inconvenience is unfounded, and  a smokescreen for arrogantly trampling upon the free speech rights of protesters.

"When balancing the City’s need to clean the park with the right of appellants to engage in a communicative activity, the latter should always prevail," Blackmon's opinion reads. "Consequently, we believe the City’s law targets and eliminates more than the evil it seeks to remedy, which it claims is convenience and sanitation. "

The city ordinance at issue was on the books before Occupy Cleveland hit town, an indication that its presence served some good in taking on the adoption of unconstitutional city ordinances by the 19-member Cleveland City Council, nine members of whom or Black that represent most of the wards on the city's majority Black east side, though Cleveland Ward 3 Councilman Joe Cimperman, who is White, represents the downtown Cleveland area where Public Square is located.

The appeal was prosecuted following pleas of no contest to misdemeanor charges including resisting arrest, trespassing on public property and violating the now deemed unconstitutional city curfew ordinance in Cleveland Municipal Court by Tolls and  McCardle, both White community activists. They and nine other Occupy Cleveland members were arrested in October of last year by Cleveland police in swat gear at a protest on public square that drew some 300 people angry at corporate greed and malfeasance by banks and mortgage companies locally and from across the nation.

Mayor Jackson, who is Black, initially allowed permits for the tents and protests but after the permits expired late in 2011 he wanted Occupy Cleveland gone, saying Christmas season was coming and the city had other plans for Public Square, a center of the downtown section of the majority Black major metropolitan city of some 400,000 people.

Occupy Cleveland is a local model of Occupy Wall Street, an international movement against corporate greed and malfeasance. It emerged in Cleveland in July 2011 and after several protests in front of Cleveland City Hall its members took camp in tents in a quadrant of Public Square. It was supported by Cleveland Ward 14 Councilman Brian Cummins and  Ohio Congressman Dennis Kucinich, a Cleveland Democrat and former Cleveland mayor who has been named as a possible contender for next year's Cleveland mayor race among to date Jackson himself, millionaire businessman Ken Lanci, and Community Activist Donna Walker Brown.

The once engaged Occupy Cleveland, though, has all but disbanded in recent months, controversy notwithstanding.

The mayor's spokesperson on Occupy Cleveland told Cleveland Urban News.Com in 2011 shortly after the arrest last year of the Occupy Cleveland 11 that Jackson supports efforts to end foreclosure corruption and mortgage fraud but that he disagrees with the way Occupy Cleveland, a largely White group with most members between the ages of 20 and 35, has gone about doing it.

"Mayor Jackson led Cleveland City Council in passing a predatory lending law long before other cities were even aware of the issues and he sued over banks and mortgage companies for the damages that they caused to Cleveland neighborhoods," said Jackson Chief of Staff Ken Silliman in an interview in 2011.

The free speech win is bittersweet as four former Occupy Cleveland members, all White men, were sentenced to long prison terms by federal district court judge David Dowd after pleading  guilty earlier this year to plotting to bomb Route 82 bridge in April in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park in Sagamore Hills between Cleveland and Akron, Oh. with dummy explosives provided by an FBI informant.

Brandon Baxter, 21, of Lakewood, Oh., was sentenced to 9 years and 9 months in prison, Connor Stephens, 21, of Berea, Oh., received an 8 year prison sentence and Anthony Hayne, 35, received a 6 year sentence.

Ring Leader Douglas White, 27, of Indianapolis, In., was handed a sentence of 11 and 1/2 years in prison.

A fifth suspect Joshua Safford, 23, of Cleveland, is undergoing psychiatric analysis and his case is still pending.

The guilty pleas earlier this year from those sentenced came after former pleas of not guilty and claims by defense attorneys, including Stephens defense attorney Terry Gilbert of Cleveland, that the men were victims of a sting by federal authorities at the hands of paid FBI informant Shaquille Azir, 39, who found them housing and fed them food and drugs.

Last Updated on Thursday, 20 December 2012 23:45 Read more...

Malissa Williams, the second of two unarmed Black victims shot at 137 times and killed by group of White Cleveland police officers, is laid to rest, no complaints against Cleveland police found valid by city officials since 1974

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By Kathy Wray Coleman, Publisher, Editor-n-Chief, Cleveland Urban News. Com and The Cleveland Urban News.Com Blog, Ohio's Most Read Online Black Newspaper

CLEVELAND,Ohio- The second of two unarmed Black victims gunned down last month by a group of White Cleveland police officers was laid to rest Saturday morning as friends, family and community gathered at Integrated Faith Assembly Church on  Cleveland's predominantly Black east side for funeral services for Malissa Williams (pictured), 30.

Timothy Russell, 43, was driving the car that police say backfired in front of the Cuyahoga County Justice Center on Nov. 29, causing some 30 police cars to chase him and Williams, a passenger, for more than 25 minutes until surrounding the car at Wymore and Terrace Avenues in East Cleveland and shooting 137 bullets at it, gangsta-style.

Russell was buried the week before and his family members attended services for Williams.

Both families have called the shootings racist and cold blooded murder. And they want more answers from city officials and police in Cleveland and East Cleveland.

East Cleveland is a small majority Black impoverished suburb of Cleveland, a largely Black major metropolitan city of some 400,000  residents. Both have their own dramas, and citizen driven complaints of police brutality and other alleged egregious interactions by police against the Black communities of both municipalities.

No gun or shell casings other than police debris were found in or near the car, police said. Gun residue tests also clear the alleged victims, sources say.

Both Williams and Russell were Black and Cleveland police union leaders have called the shootings "a good shooting."

The Ohio ACLU and community activists are calling for local and county authorities, including Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Tim McGinty and county sheriff Bob Reid, and police and city officials in Cleveland and East Cleveland, to step away from the investigation and allow federal authorities to intervene to ensure due process protections for Williams and Russell.

Community activists protested at a community forum at Shaw High School last week on the deadly shootings .

Also calling for an FBI takeover of the investigation are the Cleveland NAACP, Ohio Congresswoman Marcia Fudge (D-11), and Olivet Institutional Baptist Church senior pastor the Rev. Dr.  Jawanza Colvin, among others .

Jeff Follmer, president of the Cleveland Policemen's Association, balked at anybody but the locals he knows and McGinty, who took campaign contributions and was endorsed by the Cleveland police union for county prosecutor this year, to handle the case.

All of the 13 Cleveland police officers involved in the shootings are White, except one, and he is Hispanic. Those accused are either on paid administrative leave or have been returned to work, Cleveland officials have said.

Since 1974 no citizen complaint against Cleveland police has been found valid by Cleveland officials, data show.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 December 2012 15:55 Read more...

Cleveland area community activists to hold vigil to remember 20 school Connecticut children, 6 adults gunned down by 20-year-old suspected shooter Adama Lanza

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By Kathy Wray Coleman, Publisher, Editor-n-Chief, Cleveland Urban News. Com and The Cleveland Urban News.Com Blog, Ohio's Most Read Online Black Newspaper

CLEVELAND, Ohio-Greater Cleveland community activists will hold a vigil to remember the Connecticut shooting victims of 20 elementary school children and six adults on Sunday, Dec 16 at 7 pm in the parking lot of WERE 1490 AM radio station,  the building at 2510 St Clair Ave in Cleveland that also houses Radio One and WZAK 93.1 FM, said Donna Walker Brown, founder of the Urban Educational Justice League and one of the organizer's of the event. (For more information call Art McKoy at 216-253-4070 or Judy Martin at 216-990-0679)

"We are holding a candlelight vigil by greater Cleveland community activists to send our condolences to the families of those affected by the killings in Newtown, Conn. and the citizens of the town," said Walker Brown "This is particularly devastating to that town because they have never experienced any type of tragedy of this magnitude as a community."

Newtown, Conn became a household name on Friday, Dec 14 when alleged shooter Adama Lanza (pictured), 20, shot his mother divorcee mother in the face multiple times and killed her and then starred in a massacre close to the Newtown home where he and his mother lived,  gunning down 20 elementary school first graders and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School, including the school principal, a psychiatrist, teachers and a school guidance counselor.

Lanza then turned the gun on himself and died of a self inflicted gunshot wound to the head. He left behind a slew of unanswered questions, and a ferocious debate on gun violence and gun control that promises to linger into the new year.

The shootings have devastated the country, drawing a media frenzy along the lines of the 9/11 attacks.

Art McKoy, founder of Black on Black Crime who along with Community Activists Al Porter produces The Art McKoy University of Common Sense Show that airs on Sunday's from 5 pm to 7 pm on WERE 1490 AM, said that he will discuss the unprecedented shootings tonight and then join his fellow activists after the show at the candlelight vigil.

Other groups that attended the vigil include Survivors/Victims of Tragedy, also a sponsor of the event, Peace in the Hood, and The Imperial Women.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 December 2012 04:35 Read more...
Anger, sadness mix at East Cleveland forum on use of deadly force

Plain Dealer article on Cleveland NAACP forum at Shaw High School on deadly 137 bullets shooting, Mayor Norton, Cleveland NAACP leaders, victims family members speak, community activists protest, want McGinty, sheriff, local authorities off case

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Impatient crowd implores NAACP, East Cleveland mayor and police chief for justice in Nov. 29 Cleveland police shooting (Plain Dealer article where community members, victims family attend Cleveland NAACP forum on 137 bullets shooting of Malissa Williams and Timothy Ray Russell (both pictured) at Shaw High School Friday evening. Before the forum community activists, led by Art McKoy, Donna Walker Brown, Imperial Women Representative Genevieve Mitchell and Khalid Samad,  protested in front of Shaw High School demanding that local authorities and police, Cuyahoga County Sheriff Bob Reid, and county prosecutor Tim McGinty step aside to ensure a neutral investigation and allow the FBI to take total control over the case)

Martha Williams sobs as she's comforted by Genevieve Mitchell after Williams spoke at a forum against the use of deadly force. The session was put on by the NAACP and the city of East Cleveland December 14, 2012. Williams's daughter, Malissa, and Timothy Russell were killed by Cleveland police in a chase that took them to East Cleveland. (Gus Chan / The Plain Dealer)

By Pat Galbincea, The Plain Dealer

EAST CLEVELAND -- Impatient and irritated citizens, upset that little information has been released in the two weeks since a man and woman died in a police shooting following a high-speed chase, spoke angrily Friday night at a forum sponsored by the NAACP.

Many of the 175 who attended the meeting at Shaw High School in East Cleveland were family members who wondered aloud why information from law officials has been so sparse and slow.

The Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation is assisting the East Cleveland Police Department in unraveling what happened on Nov. 29 in the 26 minutes between when Cleveland officers allegedly heard a gunshot outside the Justice Center and Timothy Russell, 43, and Malissa Williams, 30, died in their car in a hail of bullets in a middle school parking lot in East Cleveland. Thirteen Cleveland police officers fired 137 shots at the car after a high-speed chase.

The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner said Russell was struck 23 times, and Williams 24.

Impatience with the investigation was evident before the start of the 6 p.m. forum as several community leaders held a press conference outside the school to protest the way the case is being investigated.

"Investigators are keeping quiet hoping people will calm down, and down the road the case will be whitewashed," said Earnest Harris, president of Black on Black Crime. "But the truth about this is 13 officers fired 137 shots at two people who didn't have firearms. This is the straw that broke the camel's back...the camel has no more back to break."

At the meeting East Cleveland Mayor Gary Norton, East Cleveland Police Chief Ralph Spotts and NAACP president-elect Rev. Hilton Smith urged patience with the ongoing investigation. But audience members did not want to wait.

The first person to speak, Michelle Russell -- Timothy's sister -- asked if the officer involved in the initial chase of her brother was questioned by investigators, and involved in the shooting. She also asked why gun residue tests are taking so long.

Spotts and East Cleveland Det. Sgt. Scott Gardner said the officer had been questioned, but was not one of the shooters.

Spotts warned that his answer about the medical examiner's work would not be popular but gun residue testing had to be verified several times before final results could be released.

Trina Williams -- Malissa's cousin -- asked why a helicopter was not used to help police.

Spotts said Cleveland's police helicopter was grounded because no one trained to fly it was available at the time. He added that "even if the helicopter had been up in the air, I'm not sure it would have helped."

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Last Updated on Sunday, 16 December 2012 18:33

Kyrie is back as he and Kobe dazzle fans at the Q as Cavaliers beat the Lakers 100 to 94, Cavs Coach Byron Scott says excellent defense was key to winning

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By Karl Kimbrough, Sportswriter, Cleveland Urban News. Com, Ohio's Most Read Online Black Newspaper

CLEVELAND, Ohio-The Quicken Loan arena was a buzz Tuesday night. You could tell something special was about to happen. The fans who came to see the Cleveland Cavaliers take on the Los Angeles Lakers were not disappointed as the Cavs would win 100 to 94.

After the game Cavaliers Coach Bryon Scott (pictured) said that his team came through because of excellent defensive strategies, though he acknowledged that Kyrie helped too.

“As much as we talk about Kyrie, as much as we talk about some of the other individuals who had great games, defensively we were great, really, for 48 minutes," said Scott. "We played some of our best defense.”

After three long weeks of absence, Kyrie Irving (pictured) was back, and he brought his awe inspiring skill set with him. Adding spice to this match up between the Lakers and the Cavs was the challenge to a game of one on one basketball made by Kyrie to Kobe Bryant (pictured) of the Lakers during the pre-Olympic training camp last summer. Whether this challenge were the loser will give $40,000 to the winners charity actually happens is yet to be determined. But the match up last night between Kobe and Kyrie, with both superstars trying to deliver a win for their struggling teams, would bring thrills and chills. This was a true example of a game within a game between two of the NBA's great players.

As the game began, Kyrie started the scoring out with one of his signature moves. He faked left with the ball on the dribble, then right behind his back. He finished off the move with a spinning turn around jumper fading away. The ball went in the basket softly, tickling the twine of the net. Kyrie's body language seemed to say let's get it on Kobe as he backed peddled away. Immediately Kobe ran down the court, he jostled for position with Kyrie.

After receiving the ball Kobe showed Kyrie his own turn around fade away jumper that touched nothing but the bottom of the net. This was a message sending shot that implied, okay my young friend, let's do this. The game between the Cavs and Lakers would continue with several dazzling shots by Kobe and Kyrie along with quick slashes to the basket.

There was one possession in the third quarter that brought fans to their feet. Kyrie found himself matched up with Kobe one on one at the top of the key. Kyrie faked left then right and after two more quick dribbles back and forth he settled for a jump shot right in front of Kobe's condor like arms, and he promptly swatted the shot down as the crowd sighed.

Kyrie and the Cavs would win the game. It would come down to the fourth quarter as most NBA games often do. In the last four minutes of the fourth quarter Kobe and Kyrie would continue to make shots.

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Cleveland NAACP to hold community forum on 137 bullets deadly police shootings on Friday, Dec 14 at Shaw High School, Mayor Norton, police to take questions from community, activists to protests, want FBI takeover of investigation, recusal of Tim McGinty

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By Kathy Wray Coleman, Publisher, Editor-n-Chief, Cleveland Urban News. Com and The Cleveland Urban News.Com Blog, Ohio's Most Read Online Black Newspaper

EAST CLEVELAND,Ohio- East Cleveland city officials, Mayor Gary Norton and police investigating the 137-bullets deadly shootings two weeks ago by a group of White Cleveland police officers in East Cleveland of unarmed Blacks Malissa Williams, 30, and Timothy Ray Russell, 43, will join Cleveland Chapter NAACP  leaders for a community question-and-answer forum on Friday, Dec. 14 at 6 pm at the Shaw High School Main Auditorium in East Cleveland, Cleveland NAACP Interim Executive Director Arlene Anderson said yesterday in a press release to Cleveland Urban News.Com. (Reach the Cleveland Chapter NAACP by phone at 216-231-6260).

"The NAACP has a long and storied history of opposing police misconduct, especially in cases involving  high speed chases and deadly force," said Anderson in the press release. "The greater Cleveland community and the NAACP deserve to have a thorough explanation of the policies of the involvement of the police departments pertaining to high speed pursuits and the use of deadly force."

East Cleveland Mayor Gary Norton, who enlisted the Ohio Bureau of  Criminal Identification and Investigation in the case, said that he will be speaking at the forum and that it is designed to inform the community as much as possible around the unprecedented shootings, though the mayor of the impoverished predominantly Black suburb of Cleveland emphasized that it is Cleveland police and not his police force that are at the center of the investigation.

"I will speak at the forum," said Norton.

And at 5:30 pm., shortly before the forum, community activists, led by Art McKoy of Black on Black Crime, Cleveland Mayoral Candidate Donna Walker Brown, Genevieve Mitchell of The Imperial Women and The Carl Stokes Brigade, Oppressed People's Nation Leader Ernest Smith, and Khalid Samad of Peace in the Hood will hold a press conference and protest in front of the school to demand that neither Cleveland officials, the county sheriff's office,  nor  police or East Cleveland officials investigate the shootings. They want an official FBI investigation and intervention by the U.S. Department of Justice in taking total control over the investigation.

Other activist groups that will protest include the faith based organizations United Church of Christ Justice and Witness Ministries, Shurah Council and the Nation of Islam.

Activists said also that they will address the role of Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Tim McGinty, who took campaign contributions and was endorsed by the Cleveland Police Patrolmen's Association earlier this year relative to his win to replace former Democratic county prosecutor Bill Mason. They want McGinty out of any investigation and the possible prosecution by his office of any felony indictment charges that might come against the 13 Cleveland police involved in the deadly shootings, none of whom are Black, and all of whom are on paid administrative leave.

"We request that FBI and  not East Cleveland officials or police be the lead investigator because East Cleveland lacks resources for a thorough and comprehensive investigation and the city and its police department have a history of sweeping viable complaints and alleged police misconduct under the rug," said McKoy, a longtime East Cleveland community activist. "Though we respect the sovereignty of  the City of East Cleveland when it comes to police investigating each other we take issue with that partly because we know that over 4,000 internal complaints against police in Cleveland have all resulted in outcomes favoring police, and East Cleveland is no different."

Activists said that they will call for a special prosecutor in place of McGinty at Friday's press conference

"We  want Tim McGinty to recuse himself and will have a press conference and protest before the rally and  make our concerns known ," said Walker Brown, the first to take petitions out to run next year in Cleveland against popular mayor Frank Jackson, who said that he will seek a third four-year term.

The Ohio ACLU also wants McGinty and local authorities off the case too and sent a letter to the county prosecutor asking that he recuse himself from the matter.

Family members of the victims, who have called the police shootings racist and cold- blooded- murder, have said they will attend the forum.

Ohio Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge, a Warrensville Hts Democrat, whose 11th congressional district includes parts of Cleveland and East Cleveland in its entirety, also chair-elect of the Congressional Black Caucus, sent a letter yesterday to U.S. Justice Department officials requesting an independent and comprehensive investigation around the deadly shootings by its office of Civil Rights as well as an official FBI investigation. The families of the victims want such too and have said publicly that they do not want either East Cleveland or Cleveland officials or police investigating anything, more less themselves, or neighborhood police accused of unnecessary and deadly force against the Black Community.

Fudge has also said that the Cleveland Police Department exhibits a " pattern of unequal treatment that exposes African-Americans to practices and policies by the Cleveland Police Department in egregious violation of their civil rights including the use of excessive force."

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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