CLEVELAND, OH – When East Cleveland police arrested Ward 7 councilman Basheer Jones on April 19, 2019 they sought to charge him with “improper handling of firearms in a motor vehicle.” The offense was a 4th degree felony violation of Section 2923. 16 of the Ohio Revised Code. The incident report East Cleveland’s cops generated doesn’t identify the reason for the arrest or the basis for the search of the Cleveland politician’s vehicle. Jones was a suspect of something and they found the improperly handled gun.
Had Jones investigated the Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy credentials of the cops who stopped him and searched his vehicle he would have learned they were law enforcement officer impersonators. A further investigation would have revealed neither of the private attorneys discharging the duties of a prosecuting attorney were administered oaths of office; and had no legal authority to represent the city or “state” against him in any court.
Pursuant to Section 2938. 13 of the Ohio Revised Code Jones and every other criminal defendant has the right to ask Judge William Dawson not to advance any prosecution brought forth by admittedly private attorneys Willa Hemmons or Heather McCullough. Each is discharging the duties of public offices they have usurped without oaths of office filed with the clerk of council pursuant to Section 705.28 of Ohio’s revised code.
Had he learned anything about the duties of a councilman while representing Cleveland’s Ward 7 Jones could have used what should have been a competent knowledge of laws to challenge his arrest and the charges against him. The statute that disqualifies Hemmons and McCullough as private attorneys operating in East Cleveland municipal court is clear.
“In any case prosecuted for violation of a municipal ordinance the village solicitor or city director of law, and for a statute, he or the prosecuting attorney, shall present the case for the municipal corporation and the state respectively, but either may delegate the responsibility to some other attorney in a proper case, or, if the defendant be unrepresented by counsel may with leave of court, withdraw from the case. But the magistrate or judge shall not permit prosecution of any criminal case by private attorneyemployed or retained by a complaining witness.”
Within 48 hours after his probable cause-less arrest the Sixth Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America required King to ensure that qualified and oath sworn prosecutors to have police deliver Jones before East Cleveland Municipal Court Judge William Dawson for an arraignment and a bond hearing. It is before an oath sworn Judge Dawson that oath sworn prosecutors could have expressed their disagreement with the requested charges against Jones and sought a dismissal to be entered into the record. Dawson would have had the option of dismissing the charges against Jones with or without prejudice. Jones would have had the right to ask that charges be brought against the police for the unlawful acts they committed against him.
Between the police and the prosecutor’s office under Richmond Heights resident Mayor Brandon King’s control the case against Jones simply disappeared although not really. The record of Jones’ April 19, 2019 arrest appears to have still been entered in the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Crime Information Center (NCIC) criminal records history database Ohio police can access through the Law Enforcement Automated Data Systems (LEADS) portal. That’s where Lake County Sheriff’s deputies found Jones arrest records when they denied his request for a concealed carry permit on December 26, 2019.
But Dawson wrote to EJBNEWSthat Jones was not brought before him. He, too, looked into the arrest to learn what had happened.
“There is nothing in our court system which leads me to assume that it never resulted in a former charge by the prosecutors office,” Dawson wrote. “I am saying he was never arraigned before me for those charges.”
EJBNEWS sought to learn if East Cleveland police had bypassed the city prosecutor and delivered Jones to Cuyahoga County prosecuting attorney Michael O’Malley for a direct indictment. Like the East Cleveland municipal court the county court of common pleas has no record of Jones’ arrest turning into an arraignment with formal charges. Between the two courts with the authority to have arraigned Jones his criminal records history is clean.
Jones just relocated to Cleveland from Cleveland Heights in December 2020 and his April 2019 East Cleveland gun arrest was introduced to the public by EJBNEWS for inclusion in the discussion about his campaign for mayor of Cleveland and whether or not he’s competent enough to discharge the duties of a municipal chief law enforcement officer. Why Jones was not arraigned has become a local political mystery.
The Cleveland politician’s Sixth Amendment or “speedy trial” rights and opportunity to face his accusers have long ago been violated by East Cleveland officials who obstructed the statutory and constitutional process for adjudicating criminal charges. So on its face the arrest should be dismissed through East Cleveland’s municipal court records so the information on the FBI’s NCIC database can be updated to reflect that some adjudication occurred.
Without an order from Judge Dawson the April 19, 2019 arrest record remains associated with Jones’ name on the FBI’s NCIC criminal records history database and will continue to affect his rights as a citizen of the United States of America. Had Judge Dawson journalized a dismissal of the case or accepted dropped charges from the prosecuting attorney Jones’ conceal carry permit wouldn’t have been denied in December 8 months after his arrest.
What Jones would have been potentially left with was the misdemeanor offense of giving false information to the police and failing to update his drivers license. Jones and his family have not ever resided at 1383 E. 94th Street which is the address police recorded from his drivers license.
As a 2017 candidate for Cleveland city council Jones and his family lived at 1670 Belvoir Road in South Euclid. From South Euclid the Jones’ relocated to 3936 Orchard Avenue in Cleveland Heights while he continued to serve unlawfully on Cleveland city council and claiming 1383 E. 94th Street as his residential address. Jones purchased a home on E. 66th Street in Cleveland last March 2020. His family was relocated from Cleveland Heights to their Cleveland home in December 2020 after it was renovated.
CLEVELAND, OH – The Plain Dealer and cleveland.com’s editorial board has done a horrible job of endorsing candidates for elected office. When the newspaper’s endorsed candidates commit crimes in office or demonstrate incompetence its publishers, editors and writers just act like it didn’t happen. Ignore their ongoing offenses until law enforcement authorities step in.
Gary Alexander Norton, Jr. is the latest Plain Dealer endorsed political candidate to be convicted of crimes he didn’t get caught committing until he was out of elected office. Norton showed up at East Cleveland city hall after voters recalled him in 2016 and offered to demolish up to 10 homes for free. After leaving city hall he became an UBER driver. What council didn’t know about Norton’s overly-generous offer was that it wasn’t true.
The ex-mayor ended up with a demolition contract he was given by ex-police chief secretary Vanessa Veals after she signed community development director Melran Leach’s name to it. Both subsequently received a visit from and ended up being arrested by FBI agents after being told to keep their mouths shut about the visits. Instead of keeping their mouths shut Norton discussed it with Veal and she discussed it with another employee.
Veal tried to destroy Norton’s email not knowing the data is stored permanently on her email service’s servers. When the woman Norton was alleged to have been caught with in an uncompromising position Forest Hill Park was confronted by FBI agents about their conversations they each lied.
Norton and Veals’ decisions to run their mouths resulted in federal agents aborting the investigation and holding them accountable for the obstruction. Both were indicted for lying to FBI agents on November 21, 2019. Norton entered a guilty plea in December 2020. He was sentenced to one year’s probation for the felony on May 13, 2021.
According to Norton’s Thompson, Hines & Flory lawyer, John Mitchell, East Cleveland’s disgraced and recalled ex-mayor can never serve in elected office again. He can’t vote and he’s already been globally discredited with all the negative print, broadcast and online references to his crimes in office. His attorney said the public won’t even hear from him as Mitchell pleaded for extreme leniency to help his allegedly contrite client. Norton selected the same law firm that represents Forest City Enterprises. Mitchell wrote the following about his client.
“Gary is a 49-year old, non-violent, first-time felon that no person could possibly claim to be a threat to society. The citizens of the United States, and Cleveland, Ohio, in particular, will not be “less safe” if Gary receives a humane sentence. This is particularly true because of the facts of this case, because the circumstances leading to Gary’s conviction will never reoccur. He is not under any investigation. He will never hold public office again. In short, by virtue of this conviction and his voluntary choice to leave the political arena, this Court should recognize that this will be the only time it ever sees Gary Norton.”
Mitchell’s “help a brutha out” pleading identified the wrong city as the one Norton harmed by referencing Cleveland instead of East Cleveland as being “less safe” from his presence on the streets. In other sections of the document Mitchell submitted to U.S. District Court Judge Dan Polster, he appears to ignore crimes that Norton and his wife committed while holding public offices and employment.
Shalom Norton was a Cleveland school principal when she stole over $10,000 from the treasury of the principals association and delivered a portion of it as gifts to Gary and their children. The Norton’s three daughters now have two parents with criminal records. Shalom Lawrence-Norton and Gary are now divorced.
For each of the six years he served East Cleveland as mayor, local and state records on file with the office of Ohio’s Auditor of State show him annually engaging in dereliction of duty and obstructing the city’s official business by recklessly exceeding the budget council approved. It took him 33 months to return the city to fiscal emergency after racking up a debt of nearly $11 million. Norton’s misspending caused serious harm to the city’s residents when he was unable to deliver an EMS vehicle that would transport them to hospitals during life-threatening emergencies.
Even now the residents of East Cleveland still struggle with the aftermath of the illegal construction and demolition debris landfill he and the city council Brandon King and Thomas Wheeler presided over allowed George Michael Riley to build. Riley is currently in trial and Norton’s name has figured prominently in how he and Christine Beynon acquired the former site General Electric used to manufacture lights at 1740 Noble Road. Instead of ensuring that Riley and Beynond readied the property for redevelopment as the ordinance council enacted required. Norton cut a side deal with Riley and delivered him title to the property without council approval.
According to a woman named Nikki, who claimed that she and Norton shared a child, the former mayor gave her $700 a week in cash she claimed he was receiving from Riley. Norton’s legal salary as mayor was $40,000 annually.
Norton and Delos Cosgrove further conspired to close Huron Hospital in violation of an ordinance Dr. Joy Jordan led council to enact that instructed the mayor not to even have a meeting with Cleveland Clinic about the closure. Norton had zero legal authority to sign the contract the two “teams” of lawyers created.
This information was also concealed from East Cleveland residents and greater Cleveland by the Plain Dealer and cleveland.com since the hospital’s board included their publisher. Terrence CZ Egger. In that deal Cosgrove delivered $8 million to an account Norton had set up without council’s knowledge or authority to receive it. Council’s under Ohio law receive and appropriate all of a municipal corporation’s funds. The agreement signed by this devil-ish duo claimed it was being binding whether council agreed or not. Not so under any Ohio law.
Norton told Plain Dealer reporter Chris Feran he would spend the money to eliminate the debt he’d created by exceeding the budget council approved. This was in 2011. Norton returned East Cleveland to fiscal emergency 33 months after taking office after exceeding budgets approved by council by more than $11 million. Residents of the city never saw a dime of the money spent on improving the city. Feran didn’t return with a Plain Dealer or cleveland.con story that Norton had lied.
The sentencing memorandum Mitchell submitted to Polster acknowledges that as far as his future, Norton’s name is now trash. He’s lucky, according to Mitchell, to be employed as a used car salesman for Rick Case at 49 years of age. He didn’t even want Norton fined.
“Regardless of this Court’s sentence, Gary has already been and continues to be punished for his offense. As the result of this investigation and his conviction, Gary has gone from being a highly respected member of this community and his neighborhood to a convicted felon. He will now be unable to exercise certain civil rights, such as the right to vote. Moreover, this case has garnered significant negative publicity for Gary in news articles published in print and online that will forever tar him as a felon. For those who do not know him, he will now be best known for this conviction rather than his successes in life.”
In private conversations with people with both know, Norton has shared that his life was ruined by this writer. In all the acts described above this writer was nowhere within Norton’s inner-circle as an advisor. The one piece of advice he got from me “officially” came in the form of my decision to veto a self-dealing ordinance he’d asked council to approve in 2009 during a “special meeting” I’d called as mayor.
His ordinance was not on the agenda and Norton knew it wouldn’t pass with a new council. What he wanted was to add $45,000 to $65,000 to the salary of the director of public safety and assume the title and the wages. I vetoed it as a violation of the state’s open meetings laws. Norton and the idiots on council at the time overturned it.
Norton was warned that if he started off stealing he wouldn’t stop. I repeatedly warned him, editorially, to consider his family. Today his wife’s left him and their three daughters have a “mommy and daddy” with criminal histories as thieves and felons they’re stuck with having to explain to all their friends. I’ve always said people will fuck up the perfectly good children God gives them to lead. No bad children. Just bad parents.
They were so young when voters chose Norton over me on September 29, 2009, six days after the day he disseminated pictures stolen from my personal computer to the city’s electorate the same day my father died, they don’t even remember me. Mitchell claimed in Norton’s sentencing memorandum that his client now feels the pressure of the media that has deterred him forever from wanting to hold another elected office again.
What Mitchell shared that I know as a journalist and newspaper publisher in this town since 1978 is that honest public attention can put the fear of God in an elected or appointed public official who knows accountability comes after their misdeeds in office are publicly-exposed and proven. Plain Dealer reporters “promoted” Norton instead of covering him. So did the other media. Reporters ignored that council had legitimate issues with their endorsed candidate’s failure to abide by his oath of office.
Had the Plain Dealer’s publisher, Egger, not possessed an economic and personal interest in closing Huron Hospital as a board member, the news man in him should have stepped down with a warning to his Cleveland Clinic colleagues that he was going public with Cosgrove’s illegal deal with Norton. Dr. Joy Jordan, Chantelle Lewis (Supreme Court Justice Bill O’Neill’s Lt. Governor running mate), Nathaniel Martin, Barbara Thomas and Mansell Baker had enacted legislation instructing Norton not to meet with Cleveland Clinic officials about closing Huron Hospital. So the contract Cosgrove and Norton signed was a sham and Egger knew it.
Had Plain Dealer and cleveland.com writers reported the truth instead of concealing vital facts from East Cleveland residents and higher authorities an intervention could have prevented the single-most significant act that led to the city’s financial demise. 1100 workers. 300 of them – at least – residing in the surrounding apartments a walking distance from work. $1.3 million in annual income tax revenue. East Cleveland’s #1 employers. An asset left from the legacy of John D. Rockefeller whose destruction appears to have been intentional. In no paragraph or sentence of her June 2011 story about the deal Cosgrove and Norton entered to close Huron Hospital did cleveland.com writer Ellen Kleinerman report that East Cleveland city council enacted legislation instructing the mayor he had no authority to discuss the hospital’s closing or to sign any contracts.
Because of Huron Hospital’s emergency room, the average East Cleveland or nearby Cleveland Heights resident had a four minute drive to health care. The same for nearby Cleveland residents at East Cleveland’s borders. The physicians Dr. Gus Kious assembled at Huron Hospital’s emergency room had become life-saving specialists who were increasing the survival and improval rate of gunshot victims. In East Cleveland was the state’s #1 gunshot wound trauma center. The homicide rate is higher because gunshot wound victims are bleeding out while waiting for treatment. Physicians must be placed on EMS squads. On the scene trauma specialists will drive down the homicide rate.
Dr. Kious and I were discussing using section 749.01 of the Revised Code of Ohio to create a municipal hospital board that would provide free healthcare to the city’s residents and workers. It’s the 67 year old state law that lets city councils tax property owners $1 per $1000 to fund a free municipal hospital like Cleveland had until 1957.
Huron Hospital also had a nursing school that taught skills as a licensed practical nurse and as a nursing assistant. I invested federal block grant training money in teaching the women who wanted to be nurses assistants how to be licensed practical nurses. More money for them and their families.
In the sentencing memorandum, Mitchell, Norton’s attorney, glossed over his 12 years in office between council and mayor. That experience to Mitchell appears to have been the equivalent to a hypen on a headstone at a gravesight identifying the buried person’s dates of birth and death. Yeah. They had a life but let’s not talk about it.
Polster should have heard from the residents of East Cleveland as the parties harmed by Norton’s actions. They voted him out of office because of his incompetence and stealing in 2016 since the county prosecutor and state auditor refused to act. And after intentionally removing him from office Norton kept on stealing from East Cleveland voters through the network of corrupt workers and contractors loyal to him instead of the oaths of office he’d failed in his duties as mayor to administer to them. That’s how the FBI got him.
That’s not the story Polster heard and it’s the travesty in his sentence. Lying to the FBI wasn’t Norton’s first crime. It wasn’t the only crime he committed that got him arrested and before the federal judge. It was simply the one crime in a long list of crimes he committed while in and out of public office that someone finally said “enough.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
CLEVELAND, OH – If Chinese child of immigrants Andrew Yang were in a martial arts film he’d have insulted China when he told Americans while a candidate for President of the United States of America last year that he wanted cops to possess purple belts in Japanese jiu jitsu. Anyone who’s watched IP Man, a Chinese proganda film starring Donnie Yen from the beginning, knows the Imperialist Japanese who occupied parts of China during the second Sino-Japanese War between 1937 and 1945 considered Chinese Kung Fu to be inferior. What’s next? Undercover Ninja cop squads as Yang promotes assigning “plain clothes” police to the streets like they do in Communist China and Russia.
Fox host Tucker Carlson featured a piece praising New York mayoral candidate Eric Adams over Yang and correctly described him as the “sanest” candidate in the race. Adams said he would carry a weapon and refuse to travel the city with security. If city is safe the mayor doesn’t need a security detail. I agree. I carried a piece and traveled without security as East Cleveland’s mayor.
Yang was educated as an attorney but he doesn’t practice law. The mayor of New York leads the 4th largest government in the United States of America. That’s behind the United States government and the states of California and New York.
Each of the nation’s 19,429 mayors and city managers operates as their municipal corporation’s chief law enforcement officer. It means that instead of reforming governments based on a candidate’s ideas, the mayor is charged with enforcing current federal, state and local laws as written.
What Yang, like most novice political candidates demonstrates with his ideas, is that he doesn’t know the laws of his nation, state and city. Neither do the New York police he wants to manage.
As the child of Chinese immigrants from Taiwan, Yang like many children of aliens doesn’t think anything American families have built in this nation since 1776, including our Constitution, is sufficient enough for them. Everything about America could stand to use the improvement immigrant ideas offer.
During his presidential campaign last year Yang told the host of the Breakfast Club he wants to defund New York police more than the $1 billion already taken from the police department’s budget by Mayor William DeBlasio and the current council. Carlson showed a clip of the interview in his profile about Adams.
On May 8, 2021 Yang changed his “defund the police” mind after someone shot and wounded four people in Times Square. Now he thinks defunding police is ridiculous, but he hasn’t backed off calling for them to be judo purple belts and Guardians.
Yang still appears to think jiu jitsu would help cops diffuse situations without weapons and make them healthier. Brazilian jiu jitsu has been used by Marietta, Georgia police since the department implemented a training program on April 1, 2019. The decision came about a month after Marietta police beat and tazed Renardo Lewis at an IHop.
Lewis and his wife were not happy with their order and asked the IHop employees for the number of the corporation’s corporate offices to lodge a complaint. Six Marietta police arrived – all white with one female – and escalated the situation to an arrest of the unarmed man as he and his wife were trying to leave. They accused him of threatening to kill the IHop workers with a claim that wasn’t supported by any patron.
Yang’s call for the use of jiu jitsu training is exactly not the type of training police need to learn when in state’s like Ohio it’s their duty to obey and enforce federal, state and local laws they’re not trained to know. Since he’s never represented an American citizen in a criminal trial, Yang would not know why law enforcement officers need to be trained to know laws as well as the U.S. constitution instead of jiu jitsu.
It’s the knowledge of laws and not jiu jitsu that would teach police to restrain themselves during their interactions with American citizens. New York voters have a primary election on June 22, 2021 and a general election to select the next mayor on November 2.
CLEVELAND, OH – Council Vice President and East Cleveland Sunrisepublisher Juanita Gowdy is counting on the truth that the voters of East Cleveland know more than a few things about Mayor Brandon King that disgusts them as she challenges him for the “chief law enforcement officer”s job he holds illegally as a Richmond Heights resident. Elected officials under Ohio laws must be residents of the community they’re elected to serve.
For the past nearly two years, Gowdy and East Cleveland Sunrise co-publisher Justyn Anderson have been distributing their 5000 circulation newspaper to every household, door-to-door, providing information-starved voters and residents with details about the “dirty dealings” taking place inside the King administration. Gowdy and Anderson told EJBNEWS they got the idea to spread regular doses of the truth from the East Cleveland Challengerand the East Cleveland Tattler.
King and his friends were and are robbing the city blind while making up lies to deceive residents who thought they could trust him, Gowdy said. “We had to do something when his administration started losing $50 million lawsuits we know voters will never be able to pay.”
Gowdy said residents now know King doesn’t live in the city and lied about his residency when he ran for council and then mayor. King doesn’t live at 1735 Elsinore Road in a rowhouse apartment his brother resides in that’s been raided twice for drugs.
1735 Elsinore is where several King brothers fraudulently claim to live in Sheldon King’s apartment so they can vote in the city in violation of election laws, according to Cecil King. Sheldon King is the brother convicted for drug dealing and child endangering from inside the apartment the mayor’s voting address claims adult King men with families share. The mayor and his brothers must not have been at the apartment and left Sheldon to take the hit for the King organized crime family during the raids.
Gowdy said residents now know King is a hot-tempered thief who’s employees like Michael Smedley and Melran Leach, along with ex-mayor Gary Norton, are either being criminally-investigated or named in federal indictments for crimes in public office. Numerous residents know King received a subpoena from the Ohio Ethics Commission for records associated with his selling office supplies to city hall as part of an ongoing criminal investigation.
Gowdy said King’s chief of police, Scott Gardner, was twice-convicted for felonies he pleaded down to misdemeanors that makes him ineligible to be certified as a law enforcement officer, according to section 737.02(2)(a) of the Revised Code of Ohio. Gardner was indicted back to back by two prosecutors between Cuyahoga and Medina county in 2013 and 2014.
Gowdy said King would have made himself look like a hero to East Cleveland residents had he fired him after Norton failed to do so. The heading for the law is “Felony conviction precludes or terminates employment.”
(2)(a) The director of public safety shall terminate the employment of a chief of police, member of the police department, or auxiliary police officer who does either of the following: (i) Pleads guilty to a felony; (ii) Pleads guilty to a misdemeanor pursuant to a negotiated plea agreement as provided in division (D) of section 2929.43 of the Revised Code in which the chief of police, member of the police department, or auxiliary police officer agrees to surrender the certificate awarded to the chief of police, member of the police department, or auxiliary police officer under section 109.77 of the Revised Code.
Gowdy told EJBNEWS that had King fired Gardner like a state general law requires, so many residents the police the unfit “chief” stations and transfers have been pursuing and shooting to death might still be alive or uninjured. The members of the city’s Civil Service Commission resigned in February after not operating lawfully since 2016. None of the police hired or promoted have been appointed through Civil Service testing. That list includes Larry McDonald who removed his bodycam before shooting Vincent Belmonte in the back of the head.
The state Civil Service Commission is investigating the Civil Service law violations and King has been warned to take the investigation seriously. Gowdy said Gardner will have no future with East Cleveland as his two convictions mean the private security company owner should have long ago been fired.
Gowdy said once elected she’s going to follow the model the Brewer administration implemented by making public employee accountability and an obedience to federal, state and local laws a mandate. Without all the police pursuits, violence towards citizens and police killings, Gowdy said East Cleveland residents remember how crime in every category was reduced by 40 to 70 percent between January 1, 2006 through December 31, 2009.
During an interview, Gowdy told EJBNEWS how she disagrees with demolishing homes that could be renovated with the same money. Instead of demolishing 125 homes like King is planning as a way to direct more no-bid contracts to his friends, she wants them renovated and sold at cost.
“If it costs $25,000 to renovate a home in our landbank we can sell it for $25,000 and reinvest the money into another property and resell it at cost … too,” Gowdy said. “The “D” in “HUD” is “Development” and not “Demolition.” She wants resident homeowners to have access to HUD dollars to help with their repairs.
Gowdy said she disagreed very strongly with former Mayor Gary Norton’s decision to aid Cleveland Clinic’s plan to close Huron Hospital in 2011; and to be paid $8 million in exchange for losing the income taxes that came from its 1100 workers. 300 of the hospital’s workers were residents and the closing emptied the apartment buildings surrounding the hospital for workers who could walk next door or across the street to work.
Gowdy blasted Norton for taking the $8 million and spending it as he pleased. Norton didn’t spend a dime of the money for new service vehicles to plow or repave and clean the city’s streets and parks; or for new fire safety equipment. Norton spent nothing for tree trimming equipment in a city full of trees.
Gowdy wants council and the residents once she’s mayor to support a small property tax to build a free fully-equipped emergency room for residents who would pay only $1 a year for every $1000 in property value. $25 a year on a $25,000 home.
With the $25 million the city is getting from the federal government, Gowdy wants the current council and a new one to use a portion of the money to build the emergency room and the small tax would fund it. The emergency room would be free to residents with no health care. Whatever Medicare, Medicaid or a person’s health care coverage paid would cover the additional costs. Residents would have no “out of pocket” costs. Non-residents would be required to pay.
“We have to consider putting physicians instead of untrained EMS workers on our ambulances. We have residents being shot and beaten; or involved in car crashes that causes serious injuries,” Gowdy said. “The nearest emergency room is University Hospitals and more of our people are dying after Huron Hospital and its gunshot wound trauma center closed. Free emergency room care would add an extremely affordable value to being an East Cleveland resident and increase the desire for people to live in our city.”
Gowdy also wants a portion of the money to be spent on upgrading all the equipment in the city’s service department that Norton did not upgrade with the $8 million in Huron Hospital closing dollars he wasted. She wants the baseball diamonds improved in the parks as well as the tennis courts.
“Our residents lived a much better suburban lifestyle with greater health amenities before criminals took over our government,” she said.
During her first year on city council, after winning in 2019, Gowdy has been investigating problems with King’s management of the municipal workforce as well as his contracting and compliances problems. She’s found that King has not been administering oaths of office to employees and delivering the oaths to the council clerk.
This has been a problem issue, particularly, for the city’s law department King lets private attorney Willa Hemmons leads. Neither attorney has obtained the approval of or reported to council before they initiated or responded to litigation as required by Ohio laws. Hemmons is a resident of Beachwood who has no legal authority to discharge the law director’s duties as a private contract attorney. Gowdy said the ate Almeta Johnson was the last person qualified under Ohio law to serve as the director of law.
Gowdy said Hemmons and Heather McCullough can expect to be fired. So can Michael Smedley. Police officers without certifications and still discharging a law enforcement officers duties can expect to be held fully-accountable within laws.
“We don’t need a high speed pursuit policy and the police chief doesn’t get to write a police department’s rules or regulations under Ohio law,” Gowdy said. “We already have a state law that instructs them when they can and cannot pursue or cross the borders of another city. The Ohio Revised Code gives the Director of Public Safety rule writing authority for city police. Rules written by the police chief is evidence of a police chief exceeding the authority of their public employment.”
Gowdy said Ohio’s general assembly has written a warrantless pursuit “general law” and she just got council to approve an ordinance that requires the director of law, prosecuting attorney and judge to use R.C. 2935.03 in evaluating every pursuit. Ord. No. 525.03 is named the Tamia Chappman Act.”
The local law Gowdy sponsored makes it a requirement for the law department to ensure every police officer bringing charges against a citizen is authorized by law to do so by delivering the oath and training records to every person they arrest. If they pursue outside the law the pursuing “law enforcement officer impersonators” will be responsible for their own legal representation and damages.
They must possess an oath of office that’s filed in the clerk of council’s office pursuant to R.C. 705.28; in addition to maintaining current and approved Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy credentials as required of R.C. 109.81.
They’ve also got to operate the equipment in police cars in obedience with federal and state criminal laws; and not violate R.C. 2913.04 or the FBI’s NCIC 2000 Manual to access the Mobile Display Units. All this information is required to be delivered to citizens in criminal proceedings to ensure the city isn’t later sued for a civil rights violation. Gowdy is opposed to police using automatic license plate readers that council has not authorized them to buy or use through an ordinance or resolution.
“The taxpayers of East Cleveland are not going to pay for their unlawful behavior and violations of civil rights,” Gowdy said.
The twice-convicted Gardner exceeded the authority of the police chief when he wrote an opinion to council claiming the ordinance was unconstitutional; and that he wasn’t going to enforce it. Gowdy said the ordinance authorizes residents to file criminal complaints against the law enforcement officer who violates it; and requires Judge William Dawson and the prosecutor to enforce it. She said Gardner has no legal opinion-writing authority and intends to deal with his duty-exceeding criminal misconduct once elected as the city’s chief law enforcement officer.
“I’m not worried about Scott Gardner,” the East Cleveland Sunrise publisher told EJBNEWS. “East Cleveland’s policing will be reformed. The slave-catching mindset of the city’s police officers will not be tolerated in 2022.”
East Cleveland’s charter is partisan. Since no Republicans or third party candidates have competed in the last three elections the Democrat who wins the primary heads, alone, to the November general election. Voters will have once chance during the primary to elect the candidate of their choice.
[DISCLOSURE: This writer is the former Mayor of East Cleveland, Ohio and I have been aiding Council Vice President Juanita Gowdy and co-East Cleveland Sunrise publisher Justyn Anderson for the past three years in understanding the complexities of municipal management from a statutory perspective.]
CLEVELAND, OH – Since Irish Catholic Kevin Kelley announced his plans to replace Frank Jackson as Cleveland’s mayor the city’s voters have been searching for another choice. Cleveland’s vote-suppressing imitation of the legendary “Willie Lynch” is arguably the most un-Democratic and offensive candidate to “ever” seek the job.
Voters saw his mindset on full display in front of a Washington Park gazebo with councilmembers Blaine Griffin, Kevin Bishop, Martin Keane and Kerry McCormack as his backup singers during a news conference. A Caucasian woman had been injured during a carjacking in Tremont; assumably by American Negro or Hispanic youth. The implied message from this quintuplet of non-reading civil rights violators was simple.
“Put your hands on another white woman and we’ll send the cops to chase you down. Lynch mob and slave catching style. Any resident who dies along the chase is “collateral damage.”
This dude and his politically-foolish supporters must have taken the trip to Israel and been indoctrinated into believing Americans can be treated like Palestinians. Whoever is seeking to replace them on city council should find themselves with plenty of support after their shared and shameless display of racism and self-loathing.
Some Cleveland and non-Cleveland residents breathed a sigh of relief from Kelley’s political lunacy when American Negro Zack Reed announced he was running for the mayor’s job again. For some Reed offers a familiar face and the hope for the city’s American Negro voting majority that they won’t be as dogged as they were under Jackson and Kelley. He may even reverse Jackson’s hiring practice of letting non-residents control 85 percent of the city’s jobs; and giving American jobs to alien or immigrant workers who can’t prove they’re legal.
The comfort for Reed among some Cleveland voters is that they think they know him. Warts and all. The expectation is that he’ll offer no surprises unless the job goes to his head and he changes. Though he won 2nd place and the right to challenge Jackson in 2017, his biggest mistake during that race was in accepting an endorsement from the Cleveland Police Patrolmen’s Association when voters were educating themselves to reject police union-backed candidates.
Reed also wanted to elevate police chief Calvin Williams when a growing number of Cleveland voters wanted him fired. After EJBNEWS revealed how the married Williams was living with a Cleveland cop with whom he’d fathered two children, the Cleveland mayoral contender reached out to make known his dissatisfaction with Jackson’s double-dipping police chief. Williams’ wife filed for a divorce last May 2020.
During his conversation with EJBNEWS, Reed said Williams should be fired for failing to address problems with violence and unsolved homicides. Williams preference for Berea as a residence instead of Cleveland where he works demonstrates his interest in raising his family in a safer city than the one he protects; and one with better schools than those his boss, Jackson, oversees with Kelley. Williams’ family can walk or drive Berea streets without fear of reckless police high speed chases Kelley wants that threatens their lives and safety. 20 percent of school-aged children in Berea aren’t contemplating suicide like they are in Cleveland.
Reed should have no problem with the other potential contenders; especially Basheer Jones who has served illegally on the Cleveland city council as an initial resident of South Euclid before he relocated with his family to Cleveland Heights. After stealing from Cleveland taxpayers as a non-resident for the past three years, the Jaguar driving Jones just relocated to the city in December 2020. Instead of seeking the mayor’s job he should be facing criminal prosecution. The Political Action Committee his one Cleveland and two suburban supporters have created will end up being investigated for “money laundering” his large, single-sourced donations that violate the $1500 limits set by Cleveland’s charter.
Outside of his family and friends, the voting public doesn’t know Justin Bibb. State Senator Sandra Williams is also largely untested as a municipal candidate. Anyone pushing a campaign for mayor on social media isn’t campaigning.
Former United States Rep. and Croatian American Dennis Kucinich’s two, 2-year terms as the city’s mayor before he was defeated by then Lieutenant Governor and Serbian American George Voinovich was seen as a disaster. It will be difficult for Kucinich to get past his being seen as too “unregistered foreign agent” conflicted with his being a guest on Vladmir Putin’s RT or Russia Today.
There are those who haven’t forgotten his role in criminalizing the city’s housing ordinances to help University Circle developers and Cleveland Clinic officials steal Winston Willis’ E. 105th Street properties where the William O. Walker building sits largely unused. His assigning Cleveland police to investigate George Forbes and 8 American Negro members of council for bringing carnivals to east side wards still leaves a bitter taste in the mouths of east side voters with longer memories.
If Reed plays his cards right he should make it to the runoffs again. With his announcement that he’s going for mayor, he’s diminished Kelley from the status of an early front runner to now fighting with the other potential contenders for the number two slot.