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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  5 million views.

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Congresswoman Fudge sends letter to U.S. Justice Department for investigation by it, FBI in 137 bullets deadly shootings of Blacks, says Cleveland Police Department is anti -Black, Mayor Jackson has no Blacks in law enforcement top leadership roles

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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

WASHINGTON, D.C.-Ohio Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge (D-11) (pictured), a Warrensville Hts. Democrat and chairman-elect of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) whose majority Black 11th congressional district includes the east side of Cleveland, its eastern suburbs and a small pocket of Akron and staggering parts of its Summit County suburbs, has called for an independent investigation by the United States Department of Justice and the FBI around the 137-bullets- shooting deaths by a group of White Cleveland police officers  two weeks ago of unarmed Black victims Malissa Russell and Timothy Ray Russell in a letter to U.S. Department of Justice officials dated Dec. 11. It is copied to Steven Dettlebach, the U.S. district attorney for the northern district of Ohio.

"I am writing to request that the special litigation unit of the United States Department of Justice promptly conduct a thorough and independent review of the facts and circumstances leading to the use of deadly force by Cleveland police officers on November 29, 2012 in East Cleveland, Oh.," wrote Fudge  in a letter to Jonathan Smith, chief of the special litigation unit for the office of Civil Rights for the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington D.C. "The high speed pursuit of the vehicle from the City of Cleveland culminated with officers firing 137 bullets at the driver and occupant of the vehicle, claiming the lives of both individuals, Malissa Williams and Timothy Russell. At this writing, no evidence has publicly surfaced that either Ms. Williams or Mr. Russell fired a weapon or had a firearm."

Fudge called the firing of 137 rounds of ammunition at Williams and Russell extreme and said also in the letter that "a pattern of unequal treatment 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."

The congresswoman said in a press release last week to Cleveland Urban News.Com that she supports Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson (pictured in suit) in his call for an internal investigation and a review by the FBI and the U.S. district attorney's office, though community activists and the family members of the victims want more than a review by the FBI. They want the agency to lead, not monitor, the investigation. They argue that some East Cleveland police are former Cleveland police officers, that Russell and Williams will be denied due process and a fair assessment, and that it is ludicrous to think that East Cleveland police can separate themselves from the situation in investigating neighboring police officers relative to criminal allegations of deadly force.

Twelve of the Cleveland police officers involved in the deadly shooting are White, and one Hispanic. And Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson, himself Black like the two gunned down victims, has appointed not one Black as law director, safety director, chief of police, chief city prosecutor or EMS commissioner in the predominantly Black major metropolitan city.

Jackson has previously said that he has no Blacks because his all non-Black law enforcement leadership team appointees are the best qualified, a statement that he may wish he had never spoken in defending his lack of diversity in a venue where the Black community is most vulnerable critics say.

A similar letter to Fudges' that calls for an independent investigation by federal authorities has been sent to the U.S. Department of Justice by Olivet Institutional Baptist Church senior pastor, the Rev. Dr. Jawanza Karriem Colvin.

Some 30 police cars, most from Cleveland and others allegedly from East Cleveland,  were involved in a 25 minute police chase from in front of the Cuyahoga County Justice Center in Cleveland of the car Russell was driving with Williams as a passenger that went into East Cleveland near Heritage Middle School at Wymore and Terrace Avenues with police aggressively shooting 137 bullets into the car.

No gun or gun shell casings were found in or near the car at issue and no gun residue surfaced on the bodies of Williams or Russell, sources say. And neither was wanted by the law.

Community activists say that East Cleveland city officials and police should not be investigating Cleveland officials and police on the matter because it is nothing more than "the fox guarding the hen house."

Art McKoy (pictured), who leads Black on Black Crime Inc. and has held community protests over the deadly shootings, said that the Black community is naive if it tolerates police investigating each other in such a high profile deadly force case.

"East Cleveland police should not be leading any investigation," said McKoy. "We want an official FBI investigation led by the FBI and in the absence of police initiatives in Cleveland, East Cleveland or anywhere else."

A community forum on the unprecedented shootings held last week at Greater Abyssinia Baptist Church in Cleveland and sponsored by Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson and the Cleveland Chapter NAACP got heated. Another forum, also sponsored by the Cleveland Chapter NAACP, is scheduled for 6 pm on Friday, Dec., 14 at the Shaw High School Main Auditorium in East Cleveland. To reach the offices of the Cleveland NAACP by phone call 216-231-6260.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 December 2012 18:21 Read more...

Timothy Ray Russell, one of two unarmed Black victims gunned down and shot at 137 times by a group of White Cleveland police officers, is laid to rest

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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

TWINSBURG,Ohio- Timothy Ray Russell (pictured), one of two unarmed Black victims gunned down a week and a half ago by a group of anxious White Cleveland police and shot at 137 times after a car chase from Cleveland that ended in tragedy in East Cleveland, was laid to rest on Saturday at the Sanctuary of Praise in Twinsburg, Oh, a Cleveland suburb.

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 passenger Malissa Williams, 30, for more than 25 minutes until surrounding the car at Wymore and Terrace Avenues in East Cleveland and putting 137 bullets into it.

No gun or gun shell casings were found in or near the car, police said and police union leaders told reporters last week that what happen to Williams and Russell was "a good shooting."

Arrangements for Williams are pending and her family members were among those at the funeral services for Russell.

"We were there for support," said Walter Jackson, an uncle of Williams and a family spokesperson during a segment Sunday night on the Art McKoy University of Common Sense Show, which airs weekly on WERE AM 1490 NewsTalk Radio.

The unprecedented incident has outraged community activists, family members of the victims, and officials of the Cleveland NAACP, who are calling for an examination of police policies by the city of Cleveland on police chases and deadly  police force.

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Last Updated on Monday, 10 December 2012 10:57

Community forum sponsored by Mayor Jackson, Cleveland NAACP on 137 bullets shooting deaths by White police of Black unarmed victims Malissa Williams and Timothy Ray Russell with mayor, police chief, community activists gets heated, racism, murder alleged

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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-A community forum held yesterday at Greater Abyssinia Baptist Church in Cleveland and sponsored by the Cleveland Chapter NAACP and Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson to address community outcries over the 137-bullets-shooting deaths by a group of White Cleveland police officers of Black unarmed victims Malissa Williams and Timothy Ray Russell, neither of whom was in trouble with the law, got heated as family members, community activists and others looked for answers.

"We are here to bring calm to the community," said the Rev. E. Theophilus Caviness, senior pastor at Greater Abyssinia Baptist Church who is also second vice president of the Cleveland NAACP and the executive director of The Southern Christian Leadership Conference.

The church meeting room where the event went on was packed to the hilt with some 250 people, including members of the Cleveland Police Patrolmen's Association and its president, Jeffrey Follmer.

Black elected officials in attendance include Cleveland City Council members Jeff Johnson and Kevin Conwell, state Rep. Bill Patmon (D-10), and Cuyahoga County Councilwoman Yvonne Conwell (D-7), who is also the wife of Kevin Conwell, chair of the safety committee for city council.

"No justice, no peace," community activists chanted as the meeting got contentious after family members of the victims told Jackson, Community Relations Director Blaine Griffin, police chief Michael McGraft and Safety Director Martin Flask that police had murdered Williams and Russell in cold blood.

"Do you think it was racist?," asked Walter Jackson, an uncle of Williams to McGraft, who said "yes," to a whisper by Jackson to rethink his comment.

Still McGraft stayed firm and said that though not all Cleveland police officers are racist he supports most of what was said by Walter Jackson, who is no relation to the mayor.

Community Activist Art McKoy, who leads Black on Black Crime Inc, told the mayor that his worst nightmare had come to fruition and he could understand if he were scared behind it.

Mayor Jackson, in turn, griped that he is a man and has no fear and said that "a scared man is a dangerous man."

McGraph said that while some Cleveland police officers involved see his demand for a thorough investigation as ditching them, he sees it as necessary.

"Although I've been criticized for what some say is my attempt to throw people under the bus my primary concern is that we have a responsibility and a duty to disclose the truth," said McGraph

Abdul Quahhar, chairman of the Cleveland Chapter of The New Black Panther Party, said that the Black community has always had a hostile relationship with Cleveland police and that the shootings at issue only heightened tensions between police and Blacks.

Some 30 police cars, most from Cleveland and others from East Cleveland,  were involved in a 25 minute police chase from the Cuyahoga County Justice Center in Cleveland of the car Russell was driving with Williams as a passenger that went into East Cleveland near Heritage Middle School at Wymore and Terrace Avenues with 137 bullets into the car.

Police have said that police allegedly heard a gunshot or a muffler backfire. Others sources say a hit was out on Williams, that Russell was trying to get to safety,  and that Williams' alleged friend, Ebony Hall,  is allegedly in hiding from police. Such allegations could not yet be confirmed.

Jackson, Flask and Police Chief McGraph said that a thorough investigation is underway, though East Cleveland will lead it , and will recommend any criminal charges, since the deadly car chase ended there.

Also at the forum were media cameras galore and representatives from the United States Department of Justice,  which is also looking into the situation.

Whether the FBI is officially investigating the case is not clear, though McGraph suggested that they are not.

Sara Harper, 86, a retired Ohio Eighth District Court of Appeals judge and the third vice president of the Cleveland NAACP, spoke during the forum and said that East Cleveland officials investigating the case should have been there.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 December 2012 08:55 Read more...

Three-year-old Emilliano Terry laid to rest

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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- Three-year-old Emilliano Terry, whose lifeless body was found in a trash bag in an Oakwood Village landfill last month, was laid to rest today after a private funeral at Pernel Jones and Sons Funeral Home in Cleveland.

The boy's mother, 20-year-old Camilia Terry, did not attend the funeral and is in the Cuyahoga County Jail on a $2 million bond. She was indicted  earlier this week by a Cuyahoga County Grand Jury on 10 counts, including aggravated murder and abuse of a corpse.

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Last Updated on Monday, 10 December 2012 00:22

Cleveland NAACP wants a review of Cleveland city police policies after 137-bullets-shooting-deaths of Black victims Malissa Williams and Timothy Ray Russell by White cops, calls shootings avoidable

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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(www.clevelandurbannews.com)


CLEVELAND, Ohio- The Cleveland Chapter NAACP, led now by corporate execute Hilton Smith, also an associate minister of Greater Abyssinia Baptist Church in Cleveland, and interim executive director Arlene Anderson, released a press statement earlier this week condemning the 137 bullets-shooting-deaths of Black unarmed victims Malissa Williams and Timothy Ray Russell by a group of White Cleveland police officers last week.


Cleveland Police Union President Jeffrey Follmer has called the unprecedented shootings "a good shooting," a comment that has outraged both community activists and Cleveland NAACP officials.


"The recent high speed chase that started in downtown Cleveland and ended in a hail of deadly gun fire in East Cleveland was unfortunate, unacceptable and appears to have been avoidable," the press release from Anderson reads in part. "Conversely, the police union in a transparent and unnecessary attempt to vilify the victims and fan the flames of discord has issued statements that, at best, are irresponsible and at worst, unnecessarily inflammatory."


The press release says that the NAACP has a long and storied history of opposing police misconduct, especially in cases involving high speed police chases and deadly force. It seeks policy change by the city of Cleveland s in "high speed chases, use of deadly force, and the interdepartmental participation by law enforcement agencies."


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Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 December 2012 18:20

Memorial service for community activist, former Call and Post reporter Grace Waite- Jones is Saturday, Dec 8, 1pm, Lucas Memorial Chapel in Gardfield Hts, Ohio near Cleveland

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

CLEVELAND,Ohio- The memorial service for Grace Waite- Jones (pictured), a community activist and former reporter for The Call and Post Newspaper who also fought against apartheid in South Africa,  will be held on Saturday, Dec. 8, at 1 pm at Lucas Memorial Chapel, 9010 Garfield Blvd in Garfield Hts, a suburb of Cleveland.

Waite- Jones, 65, died suddenly at her home in Cleveland on Nov. 27.  The cause of her death was unknown at press time.

Waite- Jones and her twin sister Gloria were the youngest of 10 children.  In 1967 Waite Jones wed Richard E. Jones. The couple divorced in 1970.

Waite- Jones was employed in different capacities including as a Call and Post reporter in the 1970s and 1990s and briefly as its editor in the late 1990s. As a reporter for the Black press she  interviewed notables such as singer Stevie Wonder, Earth Wind and Fire group members, and the Harlem Globe Trotters. She is also a former secretary of internationally renowned boxing promoter Don King, publisher of the Call and Post which has distributions in Cleveland, Columbus and Cincinnati.

A graduate of John Adams High School in Cleveland, Waite- Jones was a community organizer on the streets of the  majority Black east side of Cleveland during the 1980s and 1990s who fought against racial injustice and bigotry against the Black community and others. In 1994 she traveled to South Africa as then the local president of TransAfrica and as a delegate for The Africa Fund to help monitor the elections process and to assist Nelson Mandela in his appointment as South African president.

Community activists said that she will be sorely missed.

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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