Cleveland police Chief Calvin Williams is battling the emotional drama of a divorce and restraining order his wife filed against him in May 2020

The messy stress in his domestic life could be seriously impairing Williams ability to fulfill duties that require him to create constitutional compliance within Cleveland's police department


CLEVELAND, OH – Calvin D. Williams has done a lot of crying in public in his sworn and official capacity as Mayor Frank Jackson’s chief of police.  The man’s in over his head as he faces a divorce from his wife and continued complaints about his running the police department like a criminal enterprise from President Joe Biden’s United States Department of Justice.

Biden is one of the sponsors of the 1994 Violent Crime and Law Enforcement Control Act that will have his constitutionally non-compliant policing in focus.  His soon-to-be ex-wife asked for a restraining order against him.

I texted Frank to let him know that Williams’ wife had filed for a divorce last May and named him as a defendant.  She filed on May 11, 2020.  The filing had not yet made it to the docket of the Domestic Relations Court or to the Daily Legal News so I waited.  I don’t get scooped by reporters in this town.

Loretta D. Williams sought a restraining order against Williams.  A mutual one was granted to them both on the day of the filing.

That information was important to me as I had been tipped off around January 5, 2019 that police had responded to either a 9-1-1 call or alarm at the Williams’ home in Cleveland.  He lives in Berea.

My source had shared with me that there had been a domestic dispute between the couple.  I was told that Williams ordered police officers arriving at their home to turn-off their bodycams.

Cutting off the bodycam was the trigger for me to go public with the information I’d learned from my source.  When I think of volatile domestic police relationships I think of Bernita White’s assassination at the Detroit Zoo; and her state police huband, Artis White, being the number one suspect.

White used the Federal Bureau of Investigations National Crime Information Center (NCIC) criminal records history database to track her address.   Like Akron’s former police captain, Douglas Prade, White said it wasn’t him.  Williams’ official conduct as a chief of police causes me not to trust him.

My source was in an area where police met afterwards and discussed what they’d separately put together at his home.

Not all the police officers spoke to Williams.  Some remained near their cars.  The perspective of the officer at the door is different than the one from the street being told “down the chain of command” to turn off their bodycams.

Williams took what I thought was the unusual step of holding a news conference to deny on January 7, 2019 what I’d written on my now-closed Facebook account on January 5, 2019.

“While it has been my policy to never respond to rumors, it has come to my attention that talk of a family disturbance or domestic violence incident occurred at my home. In addition, there have been rumors of my pending resignation. There has been no such incident at my home or anyplace else involving myself or a member of my family. There were, however, calls for service to my home due to activation of a private residential alarm. I take offense to these allegations and attacks on my character, especially in light of the fact that my family has experienced a terrible loss as the result of a domestic violence incident. I have no reason or intention to resign and will continue to serve the citizens of Cleveland as Chief of Police.”

In his statement Williams confirmed what I had shared on my Facebook page; which was that “there were, however, calls for service to my home due to activation of a private residential alarm.”  His wife requested the divorce and restraining order.  The docket shows a full-blown divorce with requests for discovery and interrogatories. The case filings paint a completely different “domestic” picture than the one Williams portrayed when he said “some” of what I’d published in January 2019 was not true.

What Williams should keep in mind is that I would have no knowledge of a resignation.  What I repeated is the information shared with me by a source who later interacted with officers at his home.  Williams referenced his late brother’s tragic homicide in his denial.

Williams’ brother, William D. Williams, was shot to death in his home by his ex-wife in February 2015.  He was dating another woman in the home they once shared as a couple; but continued to live in together after their separation.  Dana Johnson shot herself in front of Pennsylvania State Police after she was stopped for questioning in her estranged husband’s death.

What my sources shared the night of the alarm call was that a woman with whom Williams was having an affair dropped off their child.  His wife’s divorce shows “no children” between them.

Williams has chosen to use convicted ex-Mayfield Heights Mayor Gregory Costabile as his attorney.  Costabile was convicted in 2015 of failing to report over $115,000 in income between two developers.  He was sentenced to 90 days in jail.  The sentence was suspended.  Instead of suspending his law license the Supreme Court of Ohio issued Costabile a “public reprimand.”

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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