Basheer Jones didn’t fight for his rights when he was arrested by East Cleveland cops in 2019 for handling a semi-automatic weapon

Had he mastered our constitutions, federal and state laws, Jones could have turned the unlawful arrest around and himself into a civil rights hero; but he didn't! Jones lacked the knowledge and courage.

CLEVELAND, OH – An elected “law maker” who is too afraid to fight for his own Constitutional and legal rights is not going to fight for anyone else’s.  It’s especially true for a politician with a lot of undercover shit to hide.

Basheer Jones was arrested by East Cleveland police on April 19, 2019.  Time.  11:07.  a.m.

The citation code is a 5294.  Improperly handling firearm in a motor vehicle.  The narrative describes the Cleveland councilman as a “suspect” of something who was found to have a loaded firearm.  It defeats the purpose of having a firearm to travel with an unloaded one.

Right off the “rip” I have a problem with the “narrative.”  No probable cause.  I also know John E. Hartman and Michael Woodside were impersonating law enforcement officers as the city’s former mayor.

Their Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy credentials are fraudulent. They weren’t hired through the Civil Service process.  They have no oaths of office on file with the Clerk of Council.  If they accessed the FBI’s NCIC criminal records history database by running his plates they violated state and federal criminal laws.

As it appears Jones was not told what he was “suspected” of doing as the basis for the stop, he should have Facebooked live the entire incident for his social media page like he did his trip to Egypt.

The reviewing supervisor is “Dominique King.”  No OPOTA certifications.  No civil service test.  No oath of office filed with the Clerk of Council.

The police chief is unauthorized to even be a cop, Scott Gardner, with two felony indictments that were pleaded to misdemeanors.  Jones sabotaged the late American Negro attorney and federal prosecutor Annette Butler’s campaign for Cuyahoga County Prosecuting Attorney to help Michael O’Malley.  He could have took the facts above to his “boy” and and looked like a hero.

More specifically, Jones has a right to bear arms pursuant to the 2nd Amendment of the United States Constitution.  The “improperly handling firearm in a motor vehicle” is a local ordinance superseded by Section 9.68 of Ohio’s Revised Code.  The state embedded the 2nd Amendment’s unrestricted right to bear arms in R.C. 9.68.

City councils can’t enact any local gun ordinances.  Police can’t enforce a local gun ordinance. R.C. 9.68 gives every Ohioan the right to wear weapons like back in the cowboy days.

Jones had the power to file a civil claim against East Cleveland for the stop.  Had he read the United States Department of Justice’s investigations and conclusions about Cleveland’s constitutionally non-complaint police, he would have read a letter informing the city that a weapon should be seen as no different than a cell phone.  This “kid” ain’t ready for prime time.  The law below is what he did not use to defend his own rights.  It’s been in effect since March 14, 2007.

9.68 Right to bear arms – challenge to law.  (A) The individual right to keep and bear arms, being a fundamental individual right that predates the United States Constitution and Ohio Constitution, and being a constitutionally protected right in every part of Ohio, the general assembly finds the need to provide uniform laws throughout the state regulating the ownership, possession, purchase, other acquisition, transport, storage, carrying, sale, other transfer, manufacture, taxation, keeping, and reporting of loss or theft of firearms, their components, and their ammunition. The general assembly also finds and declares that it is proper for law-abiding people to protect themselves, their families, and others from intruders and attackers without fear of prosecution or civil action for acting in defense of themselves or others. Except as specifically provided by the United States Constitution, Ohio Constitution, state law, or federal law, a person, without further license, permission, restriction, delay, or process, including by any ordinance, rule, regulation, resolution, practice, or other action or any threat of citation, prosecution, or other legal process, may own, possess, purchase, acquire, transport, store, carry, sell, transfer, manufacture, or keep any firearm, part of a firearm, its components, and its ammunition. Any such further license, permission, restriction, delay, or process interferes with the fundamental individual right described in this division and unduly inhibits law-abiding people from protecting themselves, their families, and others from intruders and attackers and from other legitimate uses of constitutionally protected firearms, including hunting and sporting activities, and the state by this section preempts, supersedes, and declares null and void any such further license, permission, restriction, delay, or process.

(B) A person, group, or entity adversely affected by any manner of ordinance, rule, regulation, resolution, practice, or other action enacted or enforced by a political subdivision in conflict with division (A) of this section may bring a civil action against the political subdivision seeking damages from the political subdivision, declaratory relief, injunctive relief, or a combination of those remedies. Any damages awarded shall be awarded against, and paid by, the political subdivision. In addition to any actual damages awarded against the political subdivision and other relief provided with respect to such an action, the court shall award reasonable expenses to any person, group, or entity that brings the action, to be paid by the political subdivision, if either of the following applies:

(1) The person, group, or entity prevails in a challenge to the ordinance, rule, regulation, resolution, practice, or action as being in conflict with division (A) of this section.

(2) The ordinance, rule, regulation, resolution, practice, or action or the manner of its enforcement is repealed or rescinded after the civil action was filed but prior to a final court determination of the action.

(C) As used in this section:

(1) The possession, transporting, or carrying of firearms, their components, or their ammunition include, but are not limited to, the possession, transporting, or carrying, openly or concealed on a person’s person or concealed ready at hand, of firearms, their components, or their ammunition.

(2) “Firearm” has the same meaning as in section 2923.11 of the Revised Code.

(3) “Reasonable expenses” include, but are not limited to, reasonable attorney’s fees, court costs, expert witness fees, and compensation for loss of income.

(D) This section does not apply to either of the following:

(1) A zoning ordinance that regulates or prohibits the commercial sale of firearms, firearm components, or ammunition for firearms in areas zoned for residential or agricultural uses;

(2) A zoning ordinance that specifies the hours of operation or the geographic areas where the commercial sale of firearms, firearm components, or ammunition for firearms may occur, provided that the zoning ordinance is consistent with zoning ordinances for other retail establishments in the same geographic area and does not result in a de facto prohibition of the commercial sale of firearms, firearm components, or ammunition for firearms in areas zoned for commercial, retail, or industrial uses.  Amended by 132nd General Assembly File No. TBD, HB 228, §1, eff. 12/28/2019.  Effective Date: 03-14-2007.

Had Jones spent more time in our two Constitutions, Federal laws, State laws and Cleveland’s ordinances instead of in India and Egypt hanging out with Communists and ex-patriates, he might have fought for his own rights instead of hiding like a coward.  The fight in East Cleveland should have been one he took to Cleveland city council to ensure that all its unconstitutional and civil rights violating gun ordinances were repealed.

Dancing and singing in Egypt during the coronavirus instead of studying and improving the lives of Clevelanders on city council. Basheer Jones’ reminds me of Kwame Kilpatrick, Gary Norton, Jeffrey Johnson, Joe Jones and a whole bunch of other politicians who got caught lying and stealing.

Think about it. The effective date of R.C. 9.68 is March 14, 2007.  It was in effect 7 years before Tamir Rice was gunned down by Fred Loehman on November 22, 2014.  It was in effect 12 years later when Jones was arrested by East Cleveland police on April 19, 2019.

Here’s Jones’ reason for hestitancy in being a warrior and the reason he’s politically ineffective.  The incident report confirms “residency” crimes he’s committed against the City of Cleveland as a non-resident when he campaigned in 2017.  It also reveals issues with his Ohio Drivers License. Too much to hide on top of the campaign finance law violations I pointed out in 2018; as Sam Allard of Cleveland Scene recently confirmed he’s still violating.

Jones purchased a home at 1898 E. 66th Street in Cleveland on March 5, 2020.  The address on the Ohio motor vehicle license he supplied to East Cleveland police is 1383 E. 94th Street in Cleveland.  The Ross family or Generational Wealth Management Group LLC owns it.  The Ross’ appear to have owned the 1383 E. 94th Street home in some way or the other since January 1, 1975.

Basheer Jones’ drivers license listed 1383 E. 94th Street as his place of residence in Cleveland during his time on city council while he was living in South Euclid and Cleveland Heights with his family. No one on the street has seen Jones’ Jaguar and his wife’s Mercedes SUV parked in the driveway since he claimed to live in this ‘hood instead of his suburban ‘hoods.

Jones lived with his family at 1670 Belvoir Road in South Euclid when he campaigned for the seat on Ward 7 city council in 2017 and used the address at 1383 E. 94th Street.  He relocated to 3936 Orchard Avenue in Cleveland Heights in 2018.  Jones purchased the home on E. 66th Street in March 2020.  He did not relocate his family into it until renovations were completed in December.

He was required under the state’s motor vehicle laws to maintain a drivers license at his actual place of residence.  The address to East Cleveland police and the court is not where he received his mail or paid his utilities.  He produced a drivers license with the 1383 E. 94th Street address to officials of the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections when his address was challenged in 2017 by incumbent Ward 7 Councilman TJ Dow.

Instead of leading a civil rights campaign against the corrupt East Cleveland police impersonators, and filing a complaint with his political friend, Cuyahoga County Prosecuting Attorney Michael O’Malley, Jones allegedly begged not to be embarrassed.   He didn’t want to see the back of the jail.  Please, oh please, hide this incident report.  Well.  It ain’t hidden.

Y’all got a good one Ward 7.  The only person I know who is “really” in Jones’ corner is Mansfield Frazier.  The guy who sold Jones his house for $39,000 and some change.  He owns Neighborhood Solutions Inc.

If you got a sucker you keep him.  I understand … Mansfield.  Do your thang.

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.

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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.

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