Richmond Heights resident Brandon King has been repeatedly warned by state officials to close East Cleveland's filthy jail. Council vice president wants it either closed or money used to repair it ... immediately.

King is obstructing council from receiving mail that told him not to put anyone in jail

CLEVELAND, OH – On September 20, 2020 I published a 13-page letter law enforcement officer impersonator Scott Gardner received from the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections on January 2020 instructing the “municipal corporation” – through one of its public employees – that the jail was supposed to already have been closed.  No one was supposed to have been housing in it throughout 2019, but council did not know.  Mayor Brandon King, a resident of Richmond Heights, conspired with Gardner to ensure council did not see it.

The letter Gardner received belonged to the municipal corporation though it was addressed to him.  It should have been addressed to the mayor and the president of the legislative authority.  Council’s clerk should have placed the correspondence under the “Receipts of Communication” section of the regular meeting agenda to be read into the record.  The council president then should have assigned the issues the letter addressed to the council committee responsible for digging deeper.  Then, the council president could have determined from the committee reports whether a full congressional-like investigation was needed to dig even deeper by questioning employees and citizens who’d been housed in the jail.

What I’ve described are the “civil rights of the office” of the legislative branch of government King and Gardner’s concealment obstructed.  Both should be facing criminal charges for dereliction of duty, theft in office, obstruction and conspiracy to violate rights under the “color of law.”  Every citizen they caused to be placed in the jail after the state ordered it closed has a civil rights claim against the city.  East Cleveland will never get out of the financial hole caused by the negligence of King and his predecessor, Gary Norton.  Should a citizen sue the city council should direct the city director of law to file cross-claims against King and Gardner because keeping the jail open exceeded the authority of their public offices once the state ordered it closed.  Dereliction of duty pursuant to R.C. 2921.44(d).

King and Gardner both told council after I published my September 2020 story about the jail that it was being repaired.  Gardner assured council repairs were being made.  What they didn’t share was a September 2, 2020 letter from Cuyahoga County that instructed the city’s officers, again, about the conditions that made the jail uninhabitable for any human more than two years ago when King, Gardner and law enforcement officer impersonator Michael Cardilli were told in 2019 that no one should be housed in it.  That letter was not delivered to the council clerk to be received by the legislative authority as a “receipt of communication” and read into the record.

So when law enforcement officer Larry McDonald called law enforcement officer impersonator Beeman over to arrest Justyn Anderson for disorderly conduct for using the word fuck, and caused him to be jailed, the arrest and the charges for the misdemeanor were invalid. The use of the word “fuck” was protected under the First Amendment in Cohen v. California, 403 U.S. 15 (1971).  McDonald’s arrest, jailing and prosecution before Judge Will Dawson then, constitutes a conspiracy to “violate his rights under the color of law.”

The FBI agent I spoke to after Anderson’s “kidnapping” arrest clearly understood the “color of law” connections that Dawson and McCollough don’t.  He knew the arrest for the use of the “F-word” was unlawful.  He knew both McCollough and Dawson should have been reporting McDonald and Beeman to federal prosecutors pursuant to the federal “misprision of felony” law found in 18 U.S.C. 4.   As the federal law requires “anyone with knowledge of a felony” to report it to a court where the offense was committed, I shared what I knew with law enforcement officers under the supervision of the U.S. Attorney General.

Korean Stevenson and East Cleveland council are not without power.  All of the city’s “property” is under council’s authority.  The simplest solution is for the legislative authority to enact a resolution requiring all mail to be delivered to the Clerk of Council.  That official can then open the mail, copy what goes to the mayor to deliver to his employees; and let him disburse it to them from his office.  I chose to have all mail delivered to my office and distributed it to the council and employees; and shared it with residents during my 178 weekly and televised town hall meetings.  There are no secrets in “open government Ohio.”

Law enforcement officer impersonator Scott Gardner and Richmond Heights resident Brandon King.

King didn’t take the required Ohio Attorney General’s class on open government.  He sent a surrogate and now he, personally, does not have vital information he is required by law to have to avoid violating the laws he’s violating by concealing public information from council.  As a journalist in this state since 1978, I’ve used its open government laws throughout all its “amendments.”  I also know how to bypass it to get the information I want.

The state through two felony indictments pleaded down to misdemeanors has already confirmed that law enforcement impersonator and two-time ex-offender Gardner is a criminal.  The 1735 Elsinore Road address King listed on board of elections records was raided twice by East Cleveland police because Sheldon King was selling drugs out of it.  This was at the same time his mayor brother was claiming it as the address he lived in that qualified him to campaign for council in 2015 and mayor after Norton was recalled.

Private citizen and law enforcement officer impersonator Larry McDonald kidnapped Justyn Anderson for talking.

So either the mayor wasn’t at home when his dope dealing brother was busted twice; or police missed him because he was in Richmond Heights where he lives and cares for his mother.  He may be a good son but he’s a criminal as East Cleveland’s mayor. Since I know his family, and I know another relative had “couldn’t keep his hands off the taxpayer’s shit” when he served on the city’s library board under James Rogers as its director, I’ll take the perspective that the King’s “think they slick.”

I’ve exposed “slicks” for 42 years.  King is the dumbest slick I’ve ever seen.  And the easiest slick to bust.  This boy’s on his way to jail and he’s ignoring all the warnings.  All he has to do is read and obey the laws prescribed to the duties of the mayor’s office as written. If you do not read you cannot mutha fuckin’ lead.  Period.


Eric Jonathan Brewer

Cleveland's most influential journalist and East Cleveland's most successful mayor is an East Saint Louis, Illinois native whose father led the city's petition drive in 1969 to elect the first black mayor in 1971. Eric is an old-school investigative reporter whose 40-year body of editorial work has been demonstrably effective. No local journalist is feared or respected more.

Trained in newspaper publishing by the legendary Call & Post Publisher William Otis Walker in 1978 when it was the nation's 5th largest Black-owned publication, Eric has published and edited 13 local, regional and statewide publications across Ohio. Adding to his publishing and reporting resume is Eric's career in government. Eric served as the city's highest paid part-time Special Assistant to ex-Cleveland Mayor Michael R. White. He served as Chief of Staff to ex-East Cleveland Mayor Emmanuel Onunwor; and Chief of Communications to the late George James in his capacity as the Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority's first Black executive director. Eric was appointed to serve as a member of the state's Financial Planning & Supervision Commission to guide the East Cleveland school district out of fiscal emergency and $20 million deficit. Former U.S. HUD Secretary Alphonso Jackson told Eric in his D.C. office he was the only mayor in the nation simultaneously-managing a municipal block grant program. Eric wrote the city's $2.2 million Neighborhood Stabilization Program grant application. A HUD Inspector General audit of his management of the block grant program resulted in "zero" audit findings.

As a newspaper publisher, Eric has used his insider's detailed knowledge of government and his publications to lead the FBI and state prosecutors to investigations that resulted in criminal prosecutions of well-known elected officials in Ohio; and have helped realign Cleveland's political landscape with the defeat of candidates and issues he's exposed. Eric's stories led to the indictments of the late Governor George Voinovich's brother, Paul Voinovich of the V Group, and four associates. He asked the FBI to investigate the mayor he'd served as chief of staff for public corruption; and testified in three federal trials for the prosecution. He forced former Cuyahoga County Coroner Dr. Elizabeth Balraj to admit her investigations of police killings were fraudulent; and to issue notices to local police that her investigators would control police killing investigations. Eric's current work has resulted in Cuyahoga County Judge John Russo accepting the criminal complaint he guided an activist to file against 24 civil rights-violating police officers in the city he once led for operating without valid peace officer credentials. USA Today reporters picked up on Eric's police credentials reporting from his social media page and made it national.

Eric is the author of of his first book, "Fight Police License Plate Spying," which examines the FBI and local police misuse of the National Crime Information Center criminal records history database. An accomplished trumpet player and singer whose friendship with Duke Fakir of the Four Tops resulted in his singing the show's closing song, "Can't Help Myself": Curtis Sliwa of New York's Guardian Angels counts Eric among his founding chapter leaders from the early 1980's role as an Ohio organizer of over 300 volunteer crime fighters in Cleveland, Columbus and Youngstown, Ohio. For his work as a young man Eric was recognized by Cleveland's Urban League as it's 1983 Young Man of the Year.

Known in Cleveland for his encyclopedic knowledge of government and history, and intimately-connected with the region's players, every local major media outlet in Cleveland has picked up on one of Eric's stories since 1979. There is no mainstream newspaper, television or radio outlet in Cleveland that does not include an interview with Eric Jonathan Brewer in its archives over the past 40 years.


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