CLEVELAND, OH – A Ward 7 resident drove by E. 79th and Superior the day before Christmas and couldn’t believe the eyes that spotted Basheer Jones with boxes of toys he’d dumped on the filthy sidewalk to “supposedly” distribute to the ward’s children. Unlike former Councilman T.J. Dow who he narrowly defeated by 14 “recounted” votes, the toys weren’t gift wrapped and set-up in a warm comfortable building where he knew residents would participate. Jones dumped the cheap, shitty toys he’d obviously already picked through on the sidewalk and anyone who drove or walked by could grab them.
“I’m just out here for my people” Jones says with his always shifting eyes. Jones didn’t drive the black Jaguar he doesn’t park at the address he uses at 1384 E. 94th Street as his fake Cleveland residence; and that his “come up” on a Cleveland instead of South Euclid council salary gave. On the $87,000 a year he gets as a councilman, and his “all you can steal” mindset, Jones looked like a straight up African potentate with his jewel-adorned coat collar.
If a Caucasian member of council treated Black people with such contemptuous disrespect there’d be a rally to condemn him. But Jones, who’s earned the nickname Sellout Jones for calling police on over 200 black men, women and children who’d gathered to hear speakers at the African American History Museum, continues to get “we don’t police our own” pass from a stolen council seat.