CLEVELAND, OH – Beaver Creek, Ohio police officer Sean Williams’ Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy (OPOTA) credentials expired on December 31, 2013. On January 1, 2014 he was still discharging the duties of a law enforcement officer and carrying a weapon in violation of an unsuspended general law of the state that ordered him to stop.
Had Beaver Creek city manager Mike Cornell discharged the duties of that office Williams should have been terminated on January 1st of that year without any rights as an employee for voluntarily-surrendering his OPOTA credentials. Instead, Beaver Creek police chief Dennis Evers continued to “station and transfer” the law enforcement officer impersonator on various assignments throughout the city as if he were operating with unexpired OPOTA credentials. The problem with Evers assigning Williams anywhere is that his own training had lapsed after 2007. The chief was also impersonating a law enforcement officer.
Prior to that year Chasing Justice founder Mariah Crenshaw said Evers had taken every type of training that existed. After that year … nothing. From then until he retired in 2015 after helping Williams conceal his own training, Evers was a law enforcement officer impersonator conspiring with Williams to conceal their expired credentials from the city manager and council.
Williams, like every Ohio law enforcement officer impersonator operating with expired credentials throughout the state, continued to submit time cards, collect a check, use medical benefits and accrue pension earnings as if he were authorized by law to do so. Evers approved. On the streets he wore a uniform, weapon, drove public safety vehicles, accessed the FBI’s NCIC database through LEADS, stopped citizens, searched citizens, arrested citizens, jailed citizens, sought charges against citizens and testified them into prison. Citizens complained. Evers concealed.
On August 5, 2014 “ticking time bomb” Williams drove a public safety vehicle to Walmart in response to a malicious 911 call about an American Negro man waving a weapon around and pointing it at people. From the time he got the call until he arrived at Walmart, no information Williams received from any source, including the malicious caller, provided him with details that John Crawford was committing a crime. All he heard was a black man had a weapon; and reacted to a bias “under the color of law” to assassinate him in a nation where the U.S. Constitution guarantees every American Negro citizen of this nation a right to bear arms.
By the time Williams shot Crawford to death, Ohio’s general assembly had already codified R.C. 9.68 as an instruction he had not been trained on that an American Negro man with a gun was not probable cause. Every Ohioan has a right to bear arms either openly without a license; or concealed with it. Gun possession in this 2nd Amendment nation is not “probable cause.”
Crawford’s family settled in March 2020, but from until the day he was slaughtered until now, Greene County prosecuting attorney Steven Haller has withheld exculpatory evidence that Williams was not only stealing from Beaver Creek’s taxpayers, he was not authorized to discharge a law enforcement officer’s duties or carry a weapon. The law had told him to stop and he had recklessly refused.
Beaver Creek just settled for $1.7 million with the Crawford family for what they knew at the time of their claim. The discovery of the concealment of Williams’ OPOTA credentials opens up another avenue of grievance for them to redress with its criminally-conspiratorial officials; and to demand a federal investigation into the conspiracy that deprived them of knowledge that Williams was nothing more than an armed, thug, cop impersonator.
Greene County is where Governor Richard Michael DeWine’s law career began as an assistant prosecuting attorney. It was his job to make sure Williams was trained in his official capacity at the time as Ohio’s attorney general.
What DeWine had done with the $64 million the Ohio General Assembly appropriated for training was use it to test the rape kits he’d promised during the campaign against Richard Cordray for the job in 2010. This reckless, duty-exceeding lunatic’s campaign promise was not a factor when the general assembly appropriated money to train police. The conspiracy to conceal Williams and Evers’ expired credentials was aided by DeWine’s derelict way of supervising the agency he assigned Mary Davis to direct.
The “cease” letter DeWine should have supervised Davis to deliver to Beaver Creek’s city manager, and every other city’s mayor, never arrived about Evers and Williams in his home county. DeWine and Davis were operating on an “honor system” instead of enforcing the instructions laid out by the General Assembly as a duty of the office he held in Senate Bill 281. It’s the same reckless shit this lying, lunatic, idiot did when he disobeyed the state’s 26 pandemic mitigating laws and opted for his own set of rules that included social distancing, wearing a mask and cancelling a federal election because this jackazz panicked during the common cold and flu season.
The letter Cornell should have received from DeWine would have been on a letterhead that bore his name. When DeWine said he wouldn’t indict the cops who gunned down Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams in East Cleveland in 2012, he was covering for himself with his claim that the fault did not all belong to the police. This criminal in office should be charged, arrested, prosecuted, convicted and sentenced for life to the bottom of the ocean in a submarine to be forever forgotten as an example of public service in Ohio.
Thanks, again, to DeWine, Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson does not know he has negotiated collective bargaining agreements with so-called Cleveland Police Patrolmen’s Association (CPPA) presidents Jeffrey Folmer and Steve Loomis. Neither does Cleveland council president Kevin Kelly as he’s presided over Cleveland council meetings to approve the negotiated agreements.
Had chiefs of police and safety directors Calvin Williams, Michael McGrath and Martin Flask in all their public employee iterations not concealed the “cease” letters DeWine’s office did send to them from Jackson and the council’s safety committee, Folmer and Loomis would have been arrested and prosecuted when they showed up to negotiate. They really should have been arrested for showing up at every crime scene that involved a cop who gunned down yet another unarmed American citizen.
The same with Scott Gardner in East Cleveland, Michael Cardilli, Larry McDonald, Kenneth Lundy and 24 others. The same with the entire roster of police working for the Cleveland Metropolitan School District. Chief of police Dennis Hill is not even certified by OPOTA to work as an armed security guard. Beachwood chief of police Kelly Stillman’s uncertified. All of the police at Rocky River and Maple Heights are uncertified. Maple Heights Mayor Annette McMillan Blackwell is inflamed.
“I’ve attended all these meetings with Squire, Patton & Boggs serving as the lawyers for the Cuyahoga County Mayors & Managers Association and this topic has never been discussed,” she told EJBNEWS. I know she’s correct as a former mayor and member of that same association. The same with the National League of Cities and the U.S. Conference. Nothing from the Ohio Municipal League and nothing as an instruction from the Auditor of State. Nothing from the Ohio Attorney General’s office DeWine led for 8 years in the form of an “opinion.”
Police chiefs, prosecutors and judges across Ohio are all players in a right now real time conspiracy with Attorney General David Yost to conceal from the state’s mayors and councils how they’ve allowed private citizens with no credentials to discharge the duties of law enforcement officers and wear weapons. Local officials have no idea about the potential avalanche of lawsuits they’ll face once the millions of Ohioans uncertified police interacted with or arrested find out.
Between January 1st and December 1st of every year, law enforcement officers in Ohio must receive 24 hours of training. December 31st, every law enforcement officer in Ohio is required to “cease discharging the duties of a law enforcement officer and wearing a weapon” without exception. The e-online “training” is not training. Ex-Canton Mayor William Healey is not a certified trainer. His credentials, too, expired. Judge Richard McMonagle wants this information sealed. Bullshit … Dick. Shame on you “Jamie.”
These are but some of the discoveries Chasing Justice founder Mariah Crenshaw made when she mailed 900 public records requests to Ohio police chiefs and got over 200 returns to defunct police departments on the Ohio Attorney General’s list. Crenshaw wanted to see their OPOTA training records. Many did not have them. They thought OPOTA did. OPOTA officials reminded them of language in the statute that made it their duty to keep and provide to the public under the state’s open records laws their own training records.
24 East Cleveland police officers have already resigned as Crenshaw has filed an injunction to close it; something the city’s director of law should have done pursuant to R.C. 733.57 when police avoided the “public duty” of maintaining their certifications. East Cleveland’s police chief, Scott Gardner, has been twice convicted on felony indictments he plead to misdemeanors. R.C. 2923.43 prevented him from ever holding OPOTA credentials again. So Gardner and other uncertified East Cleveland cops created an elaborate scheme to conceal their cease orders with fake training they submitted to the state with alterned names. Kenneth Lundy was once Kenneth DiSalvo in Toledo. Gardner alters his middle initial in public records; or omits it.
OPOTA executive director Dwight A. Holcomb in a letter on October 15th instructed every police chief or safety director responding to Crenshaw’s request to obey the state’s open records laws found in R.C. 149,43 of Ohio’s Revised Code. They were instructed to consult with their law directors and the sections of the Revised Code of Ohio they had duties to obey. In conversations with state officials, Crenshaw said it’s their perspective the duty to “cease discharging the duties of a law enforcement officer and wearing a weapon” is on the law enforcement who refuses to stop when they know their OPOTA credentials expire on December 31st.
Every prosecuting attorney who presented grand jury or other charges against an American citizen, that came from a private citizen impersonating a law enforcement officer with expired OPOTA certifications, aided in a federal, felony “color of law” conspiracy against that citizen’s rights. The 1994 Violent Crime and Law Enforcement Control Act was upgraded from misdemeanors to felonies by Congress. Sections 241 and 242 were written specifically with the intent to let the “criminal justice system” know conspiracy against rights under the color of law was a felony crime that came with up to 10 years in prison and death sentences.
What’s taking place under the noses of unsuspecting mayors and members of council is the biggest conspiracy against their rights in the history of Ohio. Please who have been impersonating law enforcement officers across Ohio will see these laws identified in their federal indictments as citizens learn their rights were violated by them. There is a “death penalty” provision for law enforcement officers whose “color of law” deprivation of civil rights causes deaths like Williams’ did. The words are actually quite chilling as they reflect Congress’ mood about the quality of law enforcement in the nation.
241. Conspiracy against rights . If two or more persons conspire to injure, oppress, threaten, or intimidate any person in any State, Territory, Commonwealth, Possession, or District in the free exercise or enjoyment of any right or privilege secured to him by the Constitution or laws of the United States, or because of his having so exercised the same; or If two or more persons go in disguise on the highway, or on the premises of another, with intent to prevent or hinder his free exercise or enjoyment of any right or privilege so secured, They shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both; and if death results from the acts committed in violation of this section or if such acts include kidnapping or an attempt to kidnap, aggravated sexual abuse or an attempt to commit aggravated sexual abuse, or an attempt to kill, they shall be fined under this title or imprisoned for any term of years or for life, or both, or may be sentenced to death.
242. Deprivation of rights under color of law. Whoever, under color of any law, statute, ordinance, regulation, or custom, willfully subjects any person in any State, Territory, Commonwealth, Possession, or District to the deprivation of any rights, privileges, or immunities secured or protected by the Constitution or laws of the United States, or to different punishments, pains, or penalties, on account of such person being an alien, or by reason of his color, or race, than are prescribed for the punishment of citizens, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than one year, or both; and if bodily injury results from the acts committed in violation of this section or if such acts include the use, attempted use, or threatened use of a dangerous weapon, explosives, or fire, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both; and if death results from the acts committed in violation of this section or if such acts include kidnapping or an attempt to kidnap, aggravated sexual abuse, or an attempt to commit aggravated sexual abuse, or an attempt to kill, shall be fined under this title, or imprisoned for any term of years or for life, or both, or may be sentenced to death.
The problem, today, as it was when Sentate Bill 281 was enacted on March 2006, was who Holcomb sent the letters. He addressed it to “law enforcement executives” instead of to the “appointing authorities” identified in the Ohio general law he has a duty to obey and enforce. Holcomb’is the Executive Director of OPOTA and it’s now his duty to ensure that OPOTA’s laws are obeyed as written. The individuals he’s addressed the letters to are evidence he did not deliver it to the “appointing authority” identified in the unsuspended general law he has a duty to obey and enforce. Right now every mayor in Ohio should be demanding a meeting with Yost. They should also “immediately” be removing uncertified police from their payrolls. They have no employment rights without the certifications.
The correspondence with the police chiefs instead of the mayors is an act of dereliction of duty for which Holcomb should be criminally prosecuted,along with obstruction of official business, for obstructing a right of the mayor’s office. He’s exceeded the authority of his public office by intentionally directing his communication to the wrong official as he has a duty to know the appointing authority is who he should be sending the notice.
Part of the problem is a General Assembly whose state senators and representatives don’t hold hearings on the laws they’ve enacted to immediately learn how they were implemented. They don’t investigate to learn if bureaucrats have replaced clearly-articulated laws with their made-up policies to criminally-circumvent discharging the mandatory duties described laws. The use of the word “shall” before any set of instructions in a law makes the instructions “mandatory” and gives the official instructed no other choice but to discharge the duty was written in plain English.
The “police chiefs”are not the “appointing authorities” Senate Bill 281 identified when the General Assembly of Ohio passed legislation to set firm standards and add money for police, sheriff and highway patrol trooper training on March 2006. The “elected” sheriff is the “appointing authority” for deputies. The county executive is the appointing authority where the sheriff is appointed. In cities supervised by city managers that official is the appointing authority for police.
The duties of chiefs of police are found in R.C. 737.06, and they are to “station and transfer” police officers under the rules and regulations of the safety director. Pursuant to R.C. 733.02 the safety director can’t implement a rule without the mayor’s approval as the chief law enforcement officer of the municipal corporation. No police chief has “contract signing authority” that can “bind a municipal corporation” to any agreement. The participation agreement to use the NCIC / LEADS criminal records history databases police chiefs are signing with the Ohio Highway Patrol are illegal and obstructive as the mayor’s signature belongs on that document.
As a former elected mayor of a federal plan chartered municipal corporation, I know the duties of the “office” of mayor under the state’s general laws are found in R.C. 733.03 under the “Officers” chapter. I served, dually, as the director of public safety to discharge that officials duties pursuant to R.C. 737.02 and 737.06.
The mayor’s duties are in Section 113(A) of East Cleveland’s charter where I served. The heading of R.C. 733.03 as an unsuspended state general law is “General powers of mayors in cities – merger of certain departments.” As the mayor of a “chartered” municipal corporation the duties of the office I held are in the oath of office I was administered by former Commissioner Peter Lawson Jones on January 1, 2006. Non-charter Ohio cities give contract signing authority for the police and fire department to the safety director. No laws lets a police chief sign anything other than his OPOTA certification. R.C. 733.06 explains below.
Under the direction of the mayor, the director of public safety shall be the executive head of the police and fire departments and the chief administrative authority of the charity, correction, and building departments. He shall have all powers and duties connected with and incident to the appointment, regulation, and government of such departments except as otherwise provided by law. He shall keep a record of his proceedings, a copy of which, certified by him, shall be competent evidence in all courts. Such director shall make all contracts in the name of the city with reference to the management of such departments, for the erection or repair of all buildings or improvements in connection therewith, and for the purchase of all supplies necessary for such departments.
The General Assembly’s plain English instructions to every classification of law enforcement officer in the state was clear in Senate Bill 281. Either keep your training current or don’t discharge the duties of a law enforcement officer and wear a weapon. Minimum training was set at 24 hours a year. Deadlines were set as January 1 through December 31st.
Training had to be pre-approved by the director of the Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy. Completed no later than December 15th. Conducted by a certified trainer with sign -sheets for each employee attending. The state reimbursed when training was mandated. Regardless of whether training was mandated in any given year; pre-approved training of the appointing authority’s choice by a certified trainer was a minimum of 24 hours a year. Within 30 days after the training the proof was required to be submitted to OPOTA.
Those who missed training for extenuating circumstances had to ask the “appointing authority” to ask the executive director in writing for an extension no later than December 15th. By December 31st, if the training was not completed, the law enforcement officer voluntarily surrendered their OPOTA certification. They were on January 1st to “cease discharging the duties of a law enforcement officer and wearing a weapon.” There were no required “warnings” any official was required by any law to further alert the law enforcement officer to stop.
The law gave them an “individual duty” to discharge on their own. It’s just like the citizens they were stopping and citing for expired license plates, expired drivers licenses or “lapsed” automobile insurance. The difference, however, is in the driver’s class of minor misdemeanor crime for operating with expired credentials; versus the felony crime the armed law enforcement officer impersonator committed by operating with expired OPOTA credentials when they stopped and cited the driver.
Without OPOTA credentials they were nothing more than armed and potentially-violent thugs kidnapping unsuspecting Americans off the streets, jailing, prosecuting and ruining lives. Every dime they caused an American citizen to pay for a fine, court costs, jail reimbursements and more was money judges and prosecutors were aiding in their conspiracy to steal.