Sources say Williams is close to resigning now that Jackson’s decided not to seek a 5th term as Cleveland’s mayor and he’s got no political horse to ride for another four

Cleveland's longest serving American Negro chief of police has presided over a police department that has treated his ethnic kinsmen and women so unconstitutionally abusive they might as well be Palestinians

CLEVELAND, OH – Reliable sources say Cleveland police chief Calvin Williams knows he has no law enforcement future with mayoral contenders like Zack Reed so he’s planning to announce, soon, that he’s leaving.  Reed in 2017 wanted to elevate Williams to director of public safety had he defeated Jackson for mayor that year.  Should voters send him to city hall in 2022 Reed wants him gone.  Williams has too much baggage associated with his management of the Cleveland Division of Police and is now presiding over a town faced with record breaking homicides and unsolved crime statistics for its 378,000 population.

The Jackson administration’s sex crime solve rate is only 20 percent and even now Williams is obstructing the public from learning about two shootings involving CMHA and DEA law enforcement officers. The Jackson administration under Williams has thus far refused to turnover footage of the CMHA shooting at King Kennedy.

Jackson appointed Williams to “station and transfer” the city’s police manpower on February 10, 2014 pursuant to Section 737.06 of the Revised Code of Ohio.  At the same time he elevated troubled ex-chief Michael McGrath to director of public safety.  Martin Flask was elevated from director of public safety to Jackson’s executive assistant in charge of all public safety programs including fire and EMS.

Zack Reed has made it clear that if elected mayor the solving of unsolved crimes of violence and unconstitutional policing will be priorities.

When Jackson elevated Flask to oversee the police department as safety director he was authenticating the disciplinary practices that had caused him to be demoted as chief of police under ex-Mayor Michael Reed White.  White replaced Flask with Captain Mary Bounds after learning he was giving written warnings and suspensions to police officers violating local, state and federal laws  Section 737.11 of the Revised Code of Ohio required them to “obey and enforce.”  The word “obey” comes first in the unsuspended state general law.  Jackson told EJBNEWS in 2017 Williams had never read it.

I was employed by White as a special assistant in 2001 and was assigned the task of guiding Flask and Henry Guzman through an interview with a Plain Dealer reporter investigating their use of discipline to obstruct the enforcement of valid criminal complaints citizens had against the city’s police.  White was beginning to understand the nuances of how police management personnel, prosecutors and the judges were obstructing his desire to punish unlawful behavior.

As civil service employees police discipline comes under the authority of the Civil Service Commission and not the criminally-obstructive departmental rules or collective bargaining agreements.  With tenacity and a guided understanding of the bureaucracy she was trying to grasp the Plain Dealer reporter might have earned a problem-solving Pulitzer.  Instead of a series of eye-opening stories she stopped.  In 42-years of competing, editorially, with the Plain Dealer and the city’s other media outlets I’ve watched journalists initiate and then fail to follow-up on stories that have discoverable solutions.

Ex-safety director Michael McGrath resigned days before federal monitors ripped his criminally-obstructive handling of police discipline in the 8th report last year.

All three of Jackson’s top leadership bosses were double-dipping retirees he had no legal authority to leave in the job for longer than 8 months and part-time.  Jackson’s three police retirees are alleged to have received payouts estimated at between $1 million and $1.5 million from their DROP pension fund contributions.  At the time of his appointment Williams had worked for the city of Cleveland since 1986.  DROP is the Deferred Retirement Option Plan that lets cops retire with a lump sum instead of monthly payments.

Between 2004 and 2014 a story published in the Plain Dealer revealed how Cleveland taxpayers paid out more than $8.4 million to settle police brutality cases tied to both the administrations of ex-mayor Jane Campbell and Jackson.  From November 2014 until 2019 the costs jumped to $13.2 million.  $6 million to the estate of Tamir Rice, alone, in 2016.

On March 14, 2013, four months after the November 29, 2012 slaughter of Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams following a 100 car unlawful pursuit of them into East Cleveland, then President Barack Obama’s attorney general, Eric Holder, authorized the United States Department of Justice to launch a “civil investigation” of the Jackson administration’s management of the city’s violent police.  A Black president sent a Black attorney general to a predominantly Black city to tell a Black mayor and police chief they were allowing criminally racist police to terrorize their people.

Martin Flask was demote as Mayor Michael White’s chief of police and reassigned to airport security. Mayor Frank Jackson elevated him to safety director and assigned him to oversee all of the city’s safety forces.

The revelation that under Williams – as deputy chief of operations – federal authorities found 600 incident reports with confirmed accounts of unlawful license plate searches, stops, detentions, searches, arrests and prosecutions shines as a moment of infamy in American Negro history.  It was akin to learning that an American Negro was the power behind the Ku Klux Klan and Nazi’s.

In his capacity as deputy chief of operations Williams oversaw police street activity in the districts making him directly in charge of cops engaged in the unlawful criminal prosecutions as well as the brutality federal officials revealed had been covered up.  Even now police under Williams claimed William Raspberry was a law enforcement officer instead of a private citizen when he left Target’s parking lot in his personal truck on West 117th Street to pursue a carjacking suspect into East Cleveland.  The pursuit resulted in the death of 13-year-old Tamia Chapmann.

Chapmann’s death caused East Cleveland council vice president Juanita Gowdy to question Cleveland council president Kevin Kelley in writing after being sworn in in January 2020 about whether or not the two city councils had authorized cross border warrantless pursuits pursuant to Section 2935.03 of the Revised Code of Ohio.  Cops are not authorized to pursue across borders without agreements enacted by neighboring city councils.

Kelley failed to respond directly to Gowdy and instead dismissively turned her request to him into a request for public records.  City officials could identify no agreements between East Cleveland and Cleveland city councils that authorized police on either side to pursue without warrants across each’s borders.  Cops operating outside their municipal borders without legislative authority are impersonating law enforcement officers and should be arrested.

Mayoral wannabe Kevin Kelly has already signalled a “Jane Campbell” like consciousness regarding police violence when he led a lynch-mob-type news conference threatening citizens that he’ll authorize police to pursue anywhere with no regard for the innocent lives lost and property damage. With him is Ward 2 councilman Kevin Bishop. Kelly was also joined by Blaine Griffin, Kerry McCormack and Charles Slife.

The agreements detail how pursuits are to be coordinated between law enforcement agencies as well as who’s responsible for the damages to property and life when they occur.  Williams like his precedessors unlawfully entered agreements between police chiefs outside the mayor and council’s knowledge and authority.

Police chiefs have no contract signing authority pursuant to any Ohio law, but Williams was authorizing police working for Cleveland Clinic, RTA, CMHA and others to make arrests off their property and on Cleveland streets in violation of R.C. 2935.03. Gowdy has since worked with East Cleveland’s council majority to enact the Tamia Chapmann Act in February 2021.  Under the new ordinance East Cleveland police have no pursuit authority outside East Cleveland and should be arresting police officers from surrounding suburbs who enter the city’s borders.

Gowdy affirmed that East Cleveland city council has authorized no agreements pursuant to R.C. 2935.03 with any other city council.  The Tamia Chapmann Act provides a tool for criminal defense and civil rights attorneys to validate that law enforcement officers were authorized by law to engage in arrests and pursuits.  One of the authorizing documents for a warrantless pursuit across borders are agreements enacted by city councils pursuant to R.C. 2935.03.  Williams, at our first and only face-to-face encounter in the basement of city hall, told me he had no knowledge of R.C. 2935.03.

Cleveland detective Daniel Lentz was arrested and charged with felonious assault on June 24, 2018. Pursuant to Section 2929.43 of the Revised Code of Ohio, peace officers indicted on felonies who plead to misdemeanors as Lentz did must surrender their Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy certification. The law reads beginning at 2929.43(b)(1) as follows and the question of why he’s still allowed to work in the Jackson administration begs to be answered: (B)(1) Prior to accepting a plea of guilty to an indictment, information, or complaint charging a felony, the court shall determine whether the defendant is a peace officer. If the court determines that the defendant is a peace officer, it shall address the defendant personally and provide the following advisement to the defendant that shall be entered in the record of the court. “You are hereby advised that conviction of the felony offense to which you are pleading guilty will result in the termination of your employment as a peace officer and in your decertification as a peace officer pursuant to the laws of Ohio.” Upon the request of the defendant, the court shall allow the defendant additional time to consider the appropriateness of the plea of guilty in light of the advisement described in division (B)(1) of this section. The court shall not accept a plea of guilty of a defendant who is a peace officer unless, in addition to any other procedures required under the Rules of Criminal Procedure, the court determines that the defendant voluntarily and intelligently enters that plea after being given the advisement described in division (B)(1) of this section. (2) After accepting under division (B)(1) of this section a plea of guilty to an indictment, information, or complaint charging a felony, the court shall provide to the clerk of the court of common pleas a written notice of the plea of guilty of the defendant peace officer, the name and address of the peace officer, the law enforcement agency or other governmental entity that employs the peace officer and its address, the date of the plea, the nature of the felony offense, and certified copies of court entries in the action. Upon receiving the written notice required by division (B)(2) of this section, the clerk of the court of common pleas shall transmit to the employer of the peace officer and to the Ohio peace officer training council a report that includes the information contained in the written notice and the certified copies of the court entries in the action.

Williams has further, like his predecessors, signed LEADS/NCIC participation agreements that should have been signed by Jackson with council approval to allow police officers to access the FBI’s criminal records history databases while on the streets.  The FBI’s NCIC 2000 Manual clearly instructs police officers across the nation that “an NCIC hit alone is not probable cause to arrest.”

The language exists under the heading Data and Probable Cause.  The authorized uses of the database and a clear process for citizen complaints involving misuse is required by Congress.  Local police departments are required to also provide citizens with the information that’s stored on them in the databases.  Despite these very clear federal instructions, Cleveland police under the Jackson administration and others have used the information gained from unlawful license plate searches to establish “probable cause.”

The Government Accounting Office (GAO) has repeatedly warned Congress the information in the NCIC database is inaccurate on half the individuals whose names are found in it.  Council, under Kelly’s oversight as the legislative authority’s president, has never held the type of public hearings that would generate legislation from council which dealt with the chronic problem of training and unconstitutional policing.  The city’s unused civil rights ordinance was enacted in 1974.

Former US Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio Steve Dettelbach’s Russian-Mexican immigrant wife, Karil Bialostosky, worked for both the administrations of Jane Campbell and Frank Jackson. Dettelbach, a Russian American, said Campbell’s administration, with Jackson as council president, did nothing with the federal government’s first two investigations when he led the third. But instead of investigating the 600 incident reports of known cop crimes criminally, Dettelbach’s investigation was civil.  Karil Bialostosky is the daughter of illegal Russian aliens Saul and the late Dinorah Bialostosky who immigrated to Brownsville, Texas from Mexico city for “business” purposes in 1979.  That’s what Dinorah told Brownsville’s daily newspaper.  Saul was a partner in a gift shop and Dinorah an interpreter for Cameron County courts.  The Bialostosky’s reasons for immigrating to the US made them inadmissible.

With no political horse to ride into the next administration Williams appears to be out of options to stay on past Jackson.   The 8th and 9th reports of the Cleveland Police Monitoring Team were critical of the administration’s criminally-obstructive handling of discipline as well as Williams ordering police to gas and shoot rubber bullets at American citizens protesting at the Justice Center last year.

Clevelanders are not Palestinians.  The late James Skernivitz had no legal authority to snatch the late Scott Dingess off Cleveland streets to use as an informant in a drug buy that got them both killed.

Despite the mayor and council’s agreement to allow Israel’s flag to be flown over city hall, Cleveland is not Israel.  Williams violated the Logan Act and Espionage Act when he communicated with the Ambassador of Israel about finding the killer of an Israeli citizen on the city’s east side.  He should have referred the foreign government official to the United States Department of State.

Cleveland’s longest serving police chief stayed too long after his retirement and now he leaves office in disgrace.

Williams is also involved in a public divorce thanks to the diligent reporting of EJBNEWS.  Not Cleveland Scene’s editorial thief, Mark Puente.  We exposed the other woman in Williams’ life and their two children in Berea.  She’s a cop he “stations and transfers” under Ohio law named Sherrie Flores.

Williams’ wife, Loretta, like the rest of Cleveland seems to have had enough.

 

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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