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If an Ohio law says defendants are innocent until proven guilty and citizens have rights to defend themselves in life threatening situtations; then why did Euclid’s prosecutor file murder charges against Omnisun Azali before police, the coroner and BCI investigated?

CLEVELAND, OHOmnisun Azali’s attorney, Jeffrey Saffold, says his client shot his wife to death after she started shooting first.  According to Saffold his client’s acts were in self-defense.  Mwaka Azali, the mother of Omnisun’s two children, was allegedly trying to take his life just like Calvin Williams’ late brother’s wife took his.  William Williams was shot to death in their Glenville home by a woman, Dana Johnson, who had been his wife.

At the home the Azali couple shared at 144 E. 265th Street in Euclid, Ohio the city’s municipal court records and published reports are showing the Cleveland suburb’s police retrieved and are supposed to be testing two weapons with the help of the Bureau of Criminal Investigations under the supervision of Ohio Attorney General David Yost.  A handgun was found next to Azali’s wife’s body and Euclid police have confirmed that shells from two weapons were fired and retrieved.

Mwaka Azali was shot three times in the head after her husband, Omnisun Azali, accused her of shooting at him first during an argument.

The investigation is ongoing and it’s the reason Euclid police are giving reporters who they’ve unlawfully denied access to the incident report that becomes a public record upon creation.  Incident reports are not “law enforcement investigatory records” and police and prosecutors have no legal authority to withhold them.  That conclusion was made by the Supreme Court of Ohio in 1994 and repeated by the court in 2020 to law enforcement officers, again, in Cobb v. Summit Cty. Prosecutor, 2020-Ohio-636

Incident reports initiate criminal investigations, but are not part of the investigation. Incident reports are thus not confidential law enforcement investigatory records, and are public records subject to immediate release upon request. Maurer at 56; Steckman v. Jackson, 70 Ohio St.3d 420, 639 N.E.2d 83 (1994), paragraph five of the syllabus. 

Untrained, uncertified and violent Euclid police under Mayor Gail Holzheimer aren’t presuming Azali’s innocence in what his lawyer claims was an act of self-defense.  They’re trying to “build” a criminal case against an American citizen who has already been charged with “murder” before the investigation is over in a state that offers citizns facing life and death situations the “self-defense affirmative defense.”

Euclid prosecutor Kelly Sweeney.

Azali could be truthful.  His wife could have indeed been trying to shoot him to death.  But a charge of murder makes Azali appear guilty to the public even before law enforcement officials have completed an investigation.  He’s also been convicted by Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish’s administration with a termination from his job as county Information Technology specialist.

When his mother, an attorney and Cuyahoga County Court of Common pleas judge, tried to surrender Azali to Euclid police by driving him back to the home he’d left in obvious shock over what had happened the city’s cops pulled guns on them both.  Sandra Colliers-Williams is heard telling a Euclid police dispatcher she was a county “judge.”

The dispatcher instructed Judge Colliers-Williams that they both should keep their hands up when she arrived at her son’s home.  She’s heard telling the dispatcher the couple were shooting at each other and she thought her 37-year-old daughter-in-law, Mwaka Azali, might be “wounded.”

Judge Colliers-Williams had called 911 to let Euclid dispatchers know and share her plans but it didn’t matter.  Cops pulled guns on the unarmed mother and son when she arrived at the home the couple shared.  That’s according to “published” media reports.

The only facts known to Euclid Municipal Court Judge Patrick Gallagher when municipal prosecutor Kelly Sweeney’s office filed a “murder” charge against Azali was that a shooting occured at the couple’s home and he was alleging through his attorney, Saffold, that his role in the marital violence was an act of “self defense.”  Mason is a relatively inexperienced attorney the Supreme Court of Ohio’s “attorney directory” identifies as having been admitted to practice law in the state on November 13, 2017.  Attorney Kelly Sweeney is Holzheimer’s director of law and chief prosecutor.

Section 2901.05(A) of the Ohio Revised Code establishes that every person accused of an offense is “presumed innocent,” but that’s not the criminal justice paradigm driving the conduct of Euclid police, prosecutors and now Colliers-Williams fellow judges in Cuyahoga County.  They’ve accepted Sweeney and Mason’s “rush” prosecution and are now processing the criminal charge filed by the city’s prosecutors as valid in a state with its own version of Florid’a “stand your ground” law.

A) Every person accused of an offense is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, and the burden of proof for all elements of the offense is upon the prosecution.  The burden of going forward with the evidence of an affirmative defense, and the burden of proof, by a preponderance of the evidence, for an affirmative defense other than self-defense, defense of another, or defense of the accused’s residence as described in division (B)(1) of this section, is upon the accused.

(B)(1) A person is allowed to act in self-defense, defense of another, or defense of that person’s residence.  If, at the trial of a person who is accused of an offense that involved the person’s use of force against another, there is evidence presented that tends to support that the accused person used the force in self-defense, defense of another, or defense of that person’s residence, the prosecution must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the accused person did not use the force in self-defense, defense of another, or defense of that person’s residence, as the case may be.

Section (B)(1) clearly articulates – had Euclid’s prosecutors, judge and police bothered to read it – that “a person is allowed to act in self-defense…”  With two weapons in the city of Euclid’s possession neither the police nor the prosecuting attorney have evidence that Omnisun Azali was “not” acting in self-defense.  Police captain Mitch Houser’s claim to be pursuing “justice” for Mwaka affirms that before the investigation is over he’s already concluded Omnisun is guilty.

Euclid police captain Mitch Houser told FOX8 reporter Peggy Gallek he was interested in justice for Mwaka Azali, her loved ones and family. It’s an indication that Euclid’s police, prosecutor and municipal court judge have already made up their minds that Omnisun Azali was “not” operating in self-defense and presumed innocent. Omnisun was her family and loved one.  He has no criminal record.  The “docket” of the Euclid Municipal Court does not show him ever being charged with domestic violence.  Instead of operating with an open mind that Azali might have, indeed, been acting in sef-defense their minds are closed to the fact he might be telling the truth.

Pursuant to Section 2903.02(A) of the Ohio Revised Code a murder charge requires Azali’s shooting of his wife to have been “purposeful” or done while he was “committing or attempting to commit an offense of violence that is a felony of the first or second degree.”

(A) No person shall purposely cause the death of another or the unlawful termination of another’s pregnancy. (B) No person shall cause the death of another as a proximate result of the offender’s committing or attempting to commit an offense of violence that is a felony of the first or second degree and that is not a violation of section 2903.03 or 2903.04 of the Revised Code.  (C) Division (B) of this section does not apply to an offense that becomes a felony of the first or second degree only if the offender previously has been convicted of that offense or another specified offense.  (D) Whoever violates this section is guilty of murder, and shall be punished as provided in section 2929.02 of the Revised Code.

 Nothing in the facts thus far presented through Euclid’s municipal court by the city’s prosecutors fits the elements that support the “murder” charge found in Section 2903.02(A) of the Ohio Revised Code.  Azali had allegedly arrived at the the family’s home to pick up the couple’s son for a doctor’s appointment.  According to one of my sources their children were already in his car when the shooting started.

There was a strong hint of sadness in Judge Cassandra Colliers-Williams’ voice when she told dispatchers her son and grandchildren’s mother were in a gunfight.

In listening to the Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) recording of the conversation between Judge Collier-Williams and a Euclid dispatcher one can hear the sadness in her voice as she offers what it appears she was told by her son.  Omnisun Azali and the mother of her grandchildren were engaged in a gunfight and his wife may be wounded.

Ohio media outlets for some reason have added “no duty to retreat” language to a law that does nothing more than offer the average citizen the same “affirmative defense” as law enforcement officers who claim to be “in fear for their lives” when they shoot and then kill unarmed American citizens.

I’ve shared all of Section 2901.05 of the Ohio Revised Code below that took effect on April 6, 2021.  What I shared above was a summary.  The law does not apply “retroactively” and there are significant language differences between similiar “affirmative defense” laws enacted by Ohio and Florida’s General Assemblies.

The Florida statute is codified as Chapter 776.013 of the state’s Revised Statutes. It is captioned “Justifiable use of force.”  The Florida law means nothing in the state of Ohio.

Home protection; use or threatened use of deadly force; presumption of fear of death or great bodily harm.—  (1) A person who is in a dwelling or residence in which the person has a right to be has no duty to retreat and has the right to stand his or her ground and use or threaten to use(a) Nondeadly force against another when and to the extent that the person reasonably believes that such conduct is necessary to defend himself or herself or another against the other’s imminent use of unlawful force; or  (b) Deadly force if he or she reasonably believes that using or threatening to use such force is necessary to prevent imminent death or great bodily harm to himself or herself or another or to prevent the imminent commission of a forcible felony.

The heading of Section 2901.05 of the Ohio Revised Code reads, “Burden of proof – reasonable doubt – self-defense.”  Omnisun Azali’s attorney has offered it as the affirmative defense he intends to use to defend his client’s “innocence.”  Cleveland area residents following the unfolding events will soon learn if attorney Saffold will make it stick.

(A) Every person accused of an offense is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, and the burden of proof for all elements of the offense is upon the prosecution. The burden of going forward with the evidence of an affirmative defense, and the burden of proof, by a preponderance of the evidence, for an affirmative defense other than self-defense, defense of another, or defense of the accused’s residence presented as described in division (B)(1) of this section, is upon the accused.(B)(1) A person is allowed to act in self-defense, defense of another, or defense of that person’s residence. If, at the trial of a person who is accused of an offense that involved the person’s use of force against another, there is evidence presented that tends to support that the accused person used the force in self-defense, defense of another, or defense of that person’s residence, the prosecution must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the accused person did not use the force in self-defense, defense of another, or defense of that person’s residence, as the case may be.(2) Subject to division (B)(3) of this section, a person is presumed to have acted in self-defense or defense of another when using defensive force that is intended or likely to cause death or great bodily harm to another if the person against whom the defensive force is used is in the process of unlawfully and without privilege to do so entering, or has unlawfully and without privilege to do so entered, the residence or vehicle occupied by the person using the defensive force.(3) The presumption set forth in division (B)(2) of this section does not apply if either of the following is true:(a) The person against whom the defensive force is used has a right to be in, or is a lawful resident of, the residence or vehicle.(b) The person who uses the defensive force uses it while in a residence or vehicle and the person is unlawfully, and without privilege to be, in that residence or vehicle.(4) The presumption set forth in division (B)(2) of this section is a rebuttable presumption and may be rebutted by a preponderance of the evidence, provided that the prosecution’s burden of proof remains proof beyond a reasonable doubt as described in divisions (A) and (B)(1) of this section.(C) As part of its charge to the jury in a criminal case, the court shall read the definitions of “reasonable doubt” and “proof beyond a reasonable doubt,” contained in division (E) of this section.(D) As used in this section:

(1) An “affirmative defense” is either of the following:

(a) A defense expressly designated as affirmative;

(b) A defense involving an excuse or justification peculiarly within the knowledge of the accused, on which the accused can fairly be required to adduce supporting evidence.

(2) “Dwelling” means a building or conveyance of any kind that has a roof over it and that is designed to be occupied by people lodging in the building or conveyance at night, regardless of whether the building or conveyance is temporary or permanent or is mobile or immobile. As used in this division, a building or conveyance includes, but is not limited to, an attached porch, and a building or conveyance with a roof over it includes, but is not limited to, a tent.

(3) “Residence” means a dwelling in which a person resides either temporarily or permanently or is visiting as a guest.

(4) “Vehicle” means a conveyance of any kind, whether or not motorized, that is designed to transport people or property.

(E) “Reasonable doubt” is present when the jurors, after they have carefully considered and compared all the evidence, cannot say they are firmly convinced of the truth of the charge. It is a doubt based on reason and common sense. Reasonable doubt is not mere possible doubt, because everything relating to human affairs or depending on moral evidence is open to some possible or imaginary doubt. “Proof beyond a reasonable doubt” is proof of such character that an ordinary person would be willing to rely and act upon it in the most important of the person’s own affairs.

Read Ohio Criminal Rule 11 and the “pleas, rights upon plea” rights that come with every arrest to understand why Basheer Jones’ disappearing arrest records made Judge Dawson curious

CLEVELAND, OHIO – I have published Ohio Criminal Rule 11 in its entirety at the bottom of this story so readers will fully-understand the relevancy behind the question I asked East Cleveland Municipal Court Judge William Dawson about the status of Ward 7 Councilman Basheer Sudan Jones’ case.  Jones was arrested by two East Cleveland police officers on April 19, 2019.

Jones was charged 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 his “arrest without a warrant” or the basis for the search of the Cleveland politician’s vehicle.  Jones was a suspect of something and they found what had been claimed was an improperly handled gun during a search of his vehicle.

Unsworn private attorneys Willa Hemmons and Heather McCollough appear to be cooperating with an East Cleveland police scheme to obstruct Judge William Dawson from dismissing and deciding the outcome of arrests.

Dawson wrote to EJBNEWS that Jones was not brought before him as required of municipal law enforcement officers in Section 2935.05 of the Revised Code of Ohio.

“There is nothing in our court system which leads me to assume that it never resulted in a formal charge by the prosecutor’s office,” Dawson wrote.  “I am saying he was never arraigned before me for those charges.”

Section 2935.05 of the Revised Code of Ohio exists under the heading, “Filing affidavit where arrest without warrant.”  The statute makes reference to another statute within it, R.C. 2935.03, that describes every category of Ohio law enforcement officer authorized to arrest and / or pursue without a warrant.  R.C. 2935.05 gave the individuals discharging law enforcement officer duties pursuant to R.C. 737.11 very specific “mandatory” instructions to follow during every arrest.

Basheer Jones was arrested by East Cleveland “cops” John E. Hartman and Michael Woodside, and someone other than Judge William Dawson called themselves “dismissing” the case.

When a person named in section 2935.03 of the Revised Code has arrested a person without a warrant, he shall, without unnecessary delay, take the person arrested before a court or magistrate having jurisdiction of the offense, and shall file or cause to be filed an affidavit describing the offense for which the person was arrested. Such affidavit shall be filed either with the court or magistrate, or with the prosecuting attorney or other attorney charged by law with prosecution of crimes before such court or magistrate and if filed with such attorney he shall forthwith file with such court or magistrate a complaint, based on such affidavit.”

East Cleveland Councilwoman Juanita Gowdy has confirmed to EJBNEWS that police under twice-indicted felon and law enforcement officer impersonator Scott Gardner’s management “dismissed” the gun charges against Jones.   That’s the information she acquired from self-employed attorney Heather McCollough discharging the duties of a prosecuting attorney without an oath of office; and handling undisclosed private cases on the side.

Gowdy has promised to fire McCollough and attorney Willa Hemmons as East Cleveland’s next mayor.  She’s campaigning to replace Richmond Heights resident Brandon King.

Council Vice President Juanita Gowdy confirmed that Cleveland councilman Basheer Jones’ arrest was “dismissed” by the police and not at the request of the prosecutor to Judge William Dawson.  Judge Dawson expressed concern about the violation of R.C. 2035.05 to EJBNEWS.

Jones was charged, apparently only by the police and not the city’s prosecutor or judge, 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 what cops claimed was the improperly handled gun he had a right to possess and transport.

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.

A warrantless arrest by a law enforcement officer or private citizen triggers 4th Amendment rights under the Constitution of the United States of America that are implemented into practice through Ohio Criminal Rule 11 and other criminal and civil rules of procedure.  The only way to adjudicate an arrest is in an open court before a judge, magistrate or jury.  Any dismissal Jones sought or was given should have been upon request of the prosecuting attorney – either McCollough or Hemmons – before Dawson.

State laws require judges to strip cops who are indicted for felonies and plead to misdemeanors of their OPOTA certifications. They’re done as a cop forever in Ohio. Scott Gardner’s been indicted and convicted twice for felonies in separate counties between 2013 and 2014; and he hasn’t stopped working. He’s even submitted fraudulent documents to OPOTA to so he doesn’t have to stop stealing from East Cleveland taxpayers and running the police department like an organized crime gang with Larry McDonald.

What’s pathetic is Jones is campaigning for mayor of Cleveland to hold office as the city’s chief law enforcement officer; and he’s accepting side deals to avoid the embarassment of an arrest instead of fighting for constitutional rights East Cleveland cops violated.  What’s clear is his constitutional rights were violated with the arrest and he was too cowardly to fight for them.

If he won’t fight for his own rights he won’t fight for anyone else’s if given management of the police department and city prosecutor’s office.  There’s no police reform legislation bearing his name as a councilman.

East Cleveland police under King’s twice-convicted police chief, Gardner, and the crew of non-Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy certified organized criminals impersonating law enforcement officers they manage, have been accused of making arrests go away in exchange for special favors.

They’ve had their child. Sergeant Dominique King is not pregnant at the time. But imagine filing a complaint against Larry McDonald with internal affairs and it goes to his baby mama.

Hemmons cut a side “cash for dismissal of charges” deal with the five Cleveland police supervisors charged with dereliction of duty in the Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams pursuit and slaughter inside East Cleveland.  Larry McDonald offered to get charges dismissed against a woman he wanted to date; and in exchange for dinner.

Kenneth DiSalvo changed his name to Kenneth Lundy after he resigned from the Hamilton County Sheriff’s department.  In the other county he told a jailed female American citizen he’d give her food in exchange for showing him her breasts.  He now works for King as a commander.

It’s been alleged that arrest records are disappearing for cash, car titles, drugs and sex.  A citizen complaining to East Cleveland’s internal affairs officer about McDonald gets “sergeant” Dominique King with whom he has a child.

The prosecutor’s office did not review or rule on McDonald’s shooting of Vincent Belmonte in the back of the head after he snatched off his bodycam. A “committee” of law enforcement officer impersonators cleared him of Belmonte’s shooting.  There are no controls over these law enforcement officer impersonating criminals.

Judge Dawson and the council must investigate what are clearly criminal acts surrounding warrantless arrests that individuals wearing law enforcement uniforms and carrying weapons are engaging in on East Cleveland streets.  Jones’ arrest coupled with Dawson’s questions about what happened to it offers the best evidence for an investigation’s launching point into what transpired between him and the police.

Who intervened on his behalf?  What was the favor or deal?

Read Criminal Rule 11 below.

Rule 11 – Pleas, Rights Upon Plea
(A) Pleas. A defendant may plead not guilty, not guilty by reason of insanity, guilty or, with the consent of the court, no contest. A plea of not guilty by reason of insanity shall be made in writing by either the defendant or the defendant’s attorney. All other pleas may be made orally. The pleas of not guilty and not guilty by reason of insanity may be joined. If a defendant refuses to plead, the court shall enter a plea of not guilty on behalf of the defendant.
(B) Effect of guilty or no contest pleas. With reference to the offense or offenses to which the plea is entered:

(1) The plea of guilty is a complete admission of the defendant’s guilt.
(2) The plea of no contest is not an admission of defendant’s guilt, but is an admission of the truth of the facts alleged in the indictment, information, or complaint, and the plea or admission shall not be used against the defendant in any subsequent civil or criminal proceeding.
(3) When a plea of guilty or no contest is accepted pursuant to this rule, the court, except as provided in divisions (C)(3) and (4) of this rule, shall proceed with sentencing under Crim.R. 32.
(C) Pleas of guilty and no contest in felony cases.

(1) Where in a felony case the defendant is unrepresented by counsel the court shall not accept a plea of guilty or no contest unless the defendant, after being readvised that he or she has the right to be represented by retained counsel, or pursuant to Crim.R. 44 by appointed counsel, waives this right.
(2) In felony cases the court may refuse to accept a plea of guilty or a plea of no contest, and shall not accept a plea of guilty or no contest without first addressing the defendant personally and doing all of the following:

(a) Determining that the defendant is making the plea voluntarily, with understanding of the nature of the charges and of the maximum penalty involved, and if applicable, that the defendant is not eligible for probation or for the imposition of community control sanctions at the sentencing hearing.
(b) Informing the defendant of and determining that the defendant understands the effect of the plea of guilty or no contest, and that the court, upon acceptance of the plea, may proceed with judgment and sentence.
(c) Informing the defendant and determining that the defendant understands that by the plea the defendant is waiving the rights to jury trial, to confront witnesses against him or her, to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in the defendant’s favor, and to require the state to prove the defendant’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt at a trial at which the defendant cannot be compelled to testify against himself or herself.
(3) With respect to aggravated murder committed on and after January 1, 1974, the defendant shall plead separately to the charge and to each specification, if any. A plea of guilty or no contest to the charge waives the defendant’s right to a jury trial, and before accepting a plea of guilty or no contest the court shall so advise the defendant and determine that the defendant understands the consequences of the plea.

If the indictment contains no specification, and a plea of guilty or no contest to the charge is accepted, the court shall impose the sentence provided by law.

If the indictment contains one or more specifications, and a plea of guilty or no contest to the charge is accepted, the court may dismiss the specifications and impose sentence accordingly, in the interests of justice.

If the indictment contains one or more specifications that are not dismissed upon acceptance of a plea of guilty or no contest to the charge, or if pleas of guilty or no contest to both the charge and one or more specifications are accepted, a court composed of three judges shall:

(a) determine whether the offense was aggravated murder or a lesser offense; and (b) if the offense is determined to have been a lesser offense, impose sentence accordingly; or (c) if the offense is determined to have been aggravated murder, proceed as provided by law to determine the presence or absence of the specified aggravating circumstances and of mitigating circumstances, and impose sentence accordingly.
(4) With respect to all other cases the court need not take testimony upon a plea of guilty or no contest.
(D) Misdemeanor cases involving serious offenses. In misdemeanor cases involving serious offenses the court may refuse to accept a plea of guilty or no contest, and shall not accept such plea without first addressing the defendant personally and informing the defendant of the effect of the pleas of guilty, no contest, and not guilty and determining that the defendant is making the plea voluntarily. Where the defendant is unrepresented by counsel the court shall not accept a plea of guilty or no contest unless the defendant, after being readvised that he or she has the right to be represented by retained counsel, or pursuant to Crim.R. 44 by appointed counsel, waives this right.
(E) Misdemeanor cases involving petty offenses. In misdemeanor cases involving petty offenses the court may refuse to accept a plea of guilty or no contest, and shall not accept such pleas without first informing the defendant of the effect of the plea of guilty, no contest, and not guilty.

The counsel provisions of Crim.R. 44(B) and (C) apply to division (E) of this rule.

(F)Negotiated plea cases. When a negotiated plea of guilty or no contest to one or more offenses charged or to one or more other or lesser offenses is offered, the underlying agreement upon which the plea is based shall be stated on the record in open court. To the extent required by Article I, Section 10a of the Ohio Constitution or by the Revised Code, before accepting the plea, the trial court shall allow an alleged victim of the crime to raise any objection to the terms of the plea agreement.
(G) Refusal of court to accept plea. If the court refuses to accept a plea of guilty or no contest, the court shall enter a plea of not guilty on behalf of the defendant. In such cases neither plea shall be admissible in evidence nor be the subject of comment by the prosecuting attorney or court.
(H) Defense of insanity. The defense of not guilty by reason of insanity must be pleaded at the time of arraignment, except that the court for good cause shown shall permit such a plea to be entered at any time before trial.

Chinese New York mayoral candidate Yang wants cops purple belt jiu jitsui trained, to be called “Guardians” and on the Breakfast Club he volunteered that they should be defunded

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.

Leading mayoral contender Eric Adams said opponent Andrew Wang jumped on the bandwagon not to defund police only after a shooting occured a block from his home

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.

Scene’s Mark Puente ripped off the Calvin Williams “baby mama drama” story from EJBNEWS without attribution and he’s old enough to know better

CLEVELAND, OHCleveland Scene reporter Mark Puente acted as if he discovered one of the other women and the divorce drama surrounding Mayor Frank Jackson’s double-dipping chief of police.   He didn’t.  I did.  I also reported the disturbance at Calvin Williams’ Hough home with Loretta Williams in January 2019 and posted it on my now banned Facebook page.  Fuck Mark Zuckerberg.  Williams held a news conference to call me a liar although he didn’t mention me by name.

I can name the source who delivered the information about the dispute at Williams’ former home in January 2019 but I won’t.  The point is that I know exactly how I obtained the information and who confirmed it.  I also know who delivered the information to me about Sherrie Flores’ two children with Williams.  I learned of Loretta’s decision to seek a divorce from Calvin and identified the address in Berea as the home he shares with Sherrie.

Calvin Williams was responding to my Facebook post when he held this news conference to address the 911 call to his home and an alleged argument with his wife.

It’s a story that completely originates with me but that’s not how it was covered by Puente.  Cleveland Scene’s editorial thief claimed to have learned of Williams’ divorce and baby mama drama through “city hall sources.”

Yeah.  Everybody at Cleveland city hall read, shared or discussed the three stories I wrote about Williams and Flores’ affair and two children.  I even texted Jackson to ask if he knew about the divorce.  He didn’t text back.  I understand.  Members of council told me I’d caught everybody off guard.

The ethical way for Puente and his Cleveland Scene employer to have introduced my story to their readers was for them to have summarized my work and credited EJBNEWS as the source.  Instead, Puente lifted my information and appears to have asked around city hall to see if he could get an independent source who would confirm what I’d already revealed.

No one but the officials of domestic relations court, their lawyers, family members, close friends and me knew Loretta filed for a divorce from Calvin a year ago.  If the town’s other reporters knew, unless they love Williams’ dirty drawers so much they’ll hide the stains in it, they would have reported it.  The entire drama is a readership growing scoop that I, alone, published first.  Read Puente’s words.

As Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams went through a divorce last year from his wife of 24 years, there were whispers that he was romantically involved with a junior Cleveland police officer with whom he had at least one child.  According to police and City Hall sources, it was more than a rumor. 

Documents also show that when his wife filed for the divorce in May 2020, Chief Williams’ mailing address listed with the court was a southwestern suburban home owned by that junior officer, Sgt. Sherrie Flores.

Prior to the divorce, a family disturbance occurred at the Williams’ eastside home in January 2019. Chief Williams denied rumors of a domestic violence incident and called stories an attack on his character.

Puente once wrote for the Plain Dealer before he left Cleveland for Florida and a job with the St. Petersburg Times around September 2010.  The Plain Dealer’s James McCarty wrote a story describing how Puente was embroiled in a scandal where he allegedly ratted out former Lorain city police officer Joseph Montelon as the author of anonymous letters that ripped chief of police Cel Rivera’s management as full of brutal misconduct.  Rivera retired in 2019.  Puente was already in Florida when McCarty’s story was published in Cleveland.com in November 23, 2011.  So much for his protection of a source.

Retired Lorain police chief Cel Rivera benefitted from his learning the name of the person writing anonymous letters about his unlawful acts from former Plain Dealer reporter Mark Puente.

Puente appears to have been aiding the reputations of fellow Hispanics Rivera and Lorain deputy sheriff Richard Resendez with a claim that he, too, was investigating the source of the anonymous letters he and other reporters were receiving about the Lorain police chief’s tolerance for unconstitutional policing.  That’s the information in documents Montelon filed in federal court after the unconstitutional raid.

Puente delivered Montelon’s name to ex-Lorain police captain Richard Resendez who delivered it to Rivera.  The Communist-thinking ex-chief of police then contacted ex-Lorain prosecuting attorney Dennis Will who identified the “menacing by stalking” misdemeanor to Rivera as a crime associated with the anonymous letters they had to prove Montelon had written and disseminated.

Rivera assigned Thomas Nimon and Andrew Matheson to investigate Montelon.  He also assigned them to confiscate Montelon’s trash from his Wickliffe home far outside their jurisdiction to conduct their “misdemeanor” investigation.  When their diving for trash produced no evidence, the cops spying on Montelon and his family without probable cause he’d committed any crime decided to obtain a search warrant.  The basis of their search warrant was their claim of seeing someone from inside the home watching them.  That act and their wild imaginations led to the conclusion that Montelon was going to destroy the evidence of the correspondence Resendez said Puente claimed he’d written.

Mark Puente was identified in federal court records as burning “source” Joseph Montelon by giving his name to a former Lorain, Ohio police captain. Real journalists protect sources.

Loraine Ritchey operates a WordPress website called “That Woman’s Weblog” and she reached out to Puente after his former employer’s headline described him as a “confidential informant” for Lorain police.  He wrote back that he was never the police department’s confidential informant.  Apparently the Plain Dealer and cleveland.com whose executives once supervised his work and authorized his wages are not truthful, Puente’s answer implied.

Before he left the Plain Dealer on July 20, 2010, cleveland.com published a story Puente wrote about Resendez being laid off with another captain by then Sheriff Phillip Stammati.  One of my cousins was a deputy for Stammati so Resendez’s name is familiar to me.  Another cousin served on Lorain city council.  I’m also familiar with Rivera’s work. What Puente left out of the “lay off” story about his boy was any of the drama they’d been involved in together.

To Mark and his Cleveland Scene employers.  I know I’m the best investigative journalist … ever.  The Plain Dealer would have had a wall of Pulitizer’s had my work been published on its pages over the past 42 years.  My stories have been “copped” by other writers for the past 42 years and more recently without attribution.  The Plain Dealer’s been the worst offender followed by WOIO.

Former Cleveland Scene writer Kevin Hoffman penned a “Pretender to the Throne” story about former East Cleveland councilman O. Mays that I researched. While taking personal shots instead of simply acknowledging my excellence, Hoffman called himself confirming what I’d written by repeating what I’d written. Scene’s arrogance is in its writers thinking they get to validate other writers by stealing their work. Hoffman wrote the stupid statement that I “used the guise of reporting to lash out at enemies” in reference to my reporting about ex-East Cleveland Mayor Emmanuel Onunwor. Had they followed the stories instead of me they would have shared the information I’d shared with former State Auditor Jim Petro in a letter that resulted in an audit Assistant U.S. Attorneys Steve Dettelbach and Benita Pearson used to convict him. I’ve dealt with this type of editorial racism all my career in Cleveland.

As I don’t read Cleveland Scene unless someone sends me a story, I can’t say how many of my stories have been redone without attribution.  After I published a front page story about former East Cleveland councilman O. Mays using a California serial killer’s transcript to teach in the Cleveland Municipal School District they followed up with their own “Pretender to the Throne” story.

The point, Mark, is the shit you did was foul and I’m not the mutha fuckin’ one.  You are not going to build your identity as a writer off my mutha fuckin’ work.  Your employers, co-workers and colleagues in this town’s media have lied all over my name to create a false impression of me before the public while using my stories without attribution to boost your readership and careers.

I am the best journalist this town has ever seen.  Y’all are just too petty-azzed small-minded to acknowledge it.

The FBI warned Ohio’s governor, mayors and sheriffs in 2006 that white supremacists were infiltrating law enforcement agencies

CLEVELAND, OH – In November 2006 I reviewed an FBI bulletin released October 17, 2006 which sought to alert elected officials that white supremacists were infiltrating law enforcement offices.  At the time I was serving my 10th month as East Cleveland’s mayor and director of public safety.  The late Patricia Lane was the civil service chief of police I had inherited.   The late Almeta Johnson, Cleveland’s first female chief prosecuting attorney, served as my director of law and chief prosecutor.

The original version of the FBI’s bulletin was heavily-redacted as it portrayed how white supremacist law enforcement officers had access to “intelligence gathering” tools such as its National Crime Information Center (NCIC) database or Ohio’s Law Enforcement Automated Data Systems (LEADS) to acquire information about their “elected official” targets or people who were “protected” as sources.

The Congress of the United States of America’s Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties last September 2020 released the unredacted version of the 2006 FBI Bulletin during a hearing.  U.S. Rep. Ayonna Pressley in the video I’ve shared above is shown accepting testimony from witnesses about the continued problem with white supremacists who have now become embedded within law enforcement since the FBI Bulletin’s release 15 years ago.  The concept of law enforcement officers who were white supremacists working as police, dispatchers, jailers, prosecutors, probation officers, baliffs and judges was alarming when I read the redacted FBI Bulletin in 2006.

I had worked as a reporter for the Call & Post newspaper and had read stories in its “morgue” that covered jail hangings occurring in Cleveland and the surrounding suburbs with all Caucasian criminal justice workers.  The FBI’s warning gave them a new perspective.

So have the warrantless pursuits that are commonly mislabled “high speed police chases.”  So did prosecutors going through great lengths to avoid cops being charged for crimes; or police chiefs and safety directors calling crimes and civil rights abuses violations of “administrative offenses.”

The infiltration effort was organized, according to the FBI’s 2006 bulletin.  The infiltrators were described as “ghost skins” who could “avoid displays of their beliefs to blend into society and covertly advance white supremacist causes.”

The October 17, 2006 FBI bulletin used the example of an internet posting that promoted the infiltration as a form of “role playing.”

“You must get inside the mind of the person you are trying to duplicate,” the FBI bulletin explained.

It further went on to explain how white supremacists could infiltrate law enforcement and have access to tools and access to prosecutors, other federal and state law enforcement officers to learn of investigations that were targeting white supremacists or skinheads. The states identified in the report where white supremacists were infiltrating police departments were Ohio, Illinois and Texas.

After I terminated Lane and appointed Ralph Spotts to replace her as police chief, I chose to get involved in the interviewing process for new police hires.  After recommendations were made by Spotts the applicants met with me.

I asked Caucasian applicants from small police departments in cities with no or few American Negro residents why they sought employment in a city with a 96 percent American Negro population.  I got answers from some that they wanted the “action” or “experience” which from my perspective was a disqualifier.  It was not my intent to hire inexperienced action junkies from any ethnic group to patrol a city where I had relatives and friends; and voters who had elected me to discharge the duties of a “chief law enforcement officer.”

I knew Section 737.11 of Ohio’s Revised Code required law enforcement officers to “obey and enforce” all the criminal laws of the United States and the State of Ohio.  I knew upholding the Constitution of the United States of America and the Constitution of Ohio was language included in the oaths of office I would administer to new hires.

After administering the oaths of office I asked each newly-appointed law enforcement officer if they’d read the two constitutions and all the federal and state criminal laws they had duties to uphold and obey.  They hadn’t.

They were informed that at some point in the future they’d see the oath of office they’d signed during a disciplinary hearing.  At that time they’d be reading criminal charges that were going to be filed against them for violating the constitutions and laws they hadn’t read but had promised to uphold and obey.

They were also reminded that the oath of office did not include obeying the collective bargaing agreement that my administration negotiated with the Fraternal Order of Police and that I knew better than them.  I wrote my own responses to their grievances.  Civil Service laws trumps collective bargaining agreements.

Clevelanders will remember that on July 21, 1999, former Mayor Michael R. White held a news conference to share how racist graffiti that included Nazi swatiskas was found written on the walls inside the police districts.  Anthony Ruffin held the office of president of the Black Shield.  Martin Flask served as White’s chief of police.  Henry Guzman held the office of director of public safety.  Bob Beck held the office of president of the Cleveland Police Patrolmen’s Association.  Mike asked me to join his administration a year later as a special assistant.  Barry Withers was Mike’s “EA” or executive assistant over public safety.

Ted Almay served as the late then Republican Governor George Voinovich’s superintendent of the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation. He explained how the number 311 referenced the Ku Klux Klan.  The “3” represented the three K’s in Ku Klux Klan.  “K” is the 11th letter in the alphabet.  Mike’s claim was no bullshit.

Before the former Cleveland mayor held his news conference he should have dispatched a team of photographers to each district to photograph the racist filth written all over bathroom stalls and in other areas of the public buildings.  I had worked as a police reporter for the Cleveland Press in 1981 and knew he was right from what I’d seen written on the bathroom walls in the Justice Center.  It was the same when I published the Crime Reporter in 1988 and visited the Justice Center daily to look up police reports.  The first cell phones with cameras in America were released in November 2002.  You couldn’t hide a 35mm.

After Mayor White’s news conference the walls in the districts and downtown at the Justice Center were scrubbed and the proof of his claim erased.  Beck could then run his mouth with reporters and claim he’d never seen it.  The CPPA’s vice president, John Kincaid, made a predictable denial that there were not any racists or white supremacists working as Cleveland police officers.

White asked United States Attorney Emily Margaret Sweeney to investigate.  He also asked Cleveland State University associate professor Ronnie Dunn to investigate.

Dunn examined 186,000 citations and learned that 85 percent were written to “dark skinned” American Negro males.  The remaining 15 percent went in the following order to dark-skinned American Negro females; dark skinned Hispanic males; dark skinned Hispanic females; light-skinned American Negro males; light-skinned American Negroes; light-skinned Hispanic males; light-skinned Hispanic females and then Caucasian males and females.

Dunn confirmed a similar set of facts with citations issued by Shaker Heights police.  The evidence proved racial bias was embedded within police thinking.

Former Cleveland Mayor Michael Reed White saw and acted on the white supremacist consciousness he saw emerging in the Cleveland police department in 1999; but his request for an investigation appears to have been misdirected by the United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio.

Instead of investigating the racism United States Attorney Sweeney investigated police use of deadly force.  She did so as a civil instead of criminal investigation.  Sweeney may come from a “law enforcement family” and have a pro-police or “protect my relatives” bias.

White had been replaced by Jane Campbell as Cleveland’s mayor in 2002 when the deadly force report was released; and in 2003 when the violation of constitutional rights in the city’s jail was released.  White retired in 2001 after 12 years in office.

Subodh Chandra served as Campbell’s director of law but he had worked for Sweeney in the United States attorney’s on health care fraud.  Former Russian Jewish Assistant United States Attorney Steve Dettelbach’s wife, Karil Bialotosky-Dettelbach, a Mexican immigrant, worked for both the Campbell and Jackson administrations at the time Justice Department officials were investigating their inability to manage police within constitutional and lawful boundaries.

Chandra, an Asian Indian, asked the USDOJ to end the use of deadly force investigation of his boss, Campbell, early. Former Mayor White’s 1999 request for an investigation of white supremacy in the Cleveland Division of Police was thwarted by what could be perceived as white supremacist sympathizers controlling the office of the United States Attorney and FBI in the Northern District of Ohio.

I can recall no case where federal prosecutors operating out of the United States Attorneys Office for the Northern District of Ohio have used Section 241 and 242 of Title 18 of the United States Code as Congress intended when it upgraded the two federal laws from misdemeanors to felonies during passage of the Violent Crime and Law Enforcement Control Act of 1994.

Dettelbach proved a conspiracy existed to violate rights under the color of law with his investigation of 600 police incident reports that identified the “conspiracies” Cleveland police engaged in to conceal their crimes.  There are penalties of up to 10 years in prison or the death penalty for 18 U.S.C. 241 and 242 violations he chose not to use to give justice to the families of Timothy Russell, Malissa Williams, Tamir Rice and other police crime victims.

Something other than laws are motivating prosecutors not to criminally charge cops for known crimes. Something other than the federal and state criminal laws municipal law enforcement officers have duties to obey before they attempt to enforce them is guiding their warrantless pursuits and violent interactions with American citizens.

Zack Reed has no more patience with Calvin Williams as Cleveland’s incompetent and adulterous chief of police

CLEVELAND, OH – Zack Reed wanted to elevate Calvin Williams from chief of police to director of public safety had he defeated Mayor Frank Jackson in November 2017.  Today Reed wants Williams to either resign on his own or be fired by Jackson.

“All he’s doing is collecting a pay check,” Reed told EJBNEWS when he called after reading the story I’d written about the $184,000 a year cop boss’ domestic disputes.    The exclusive story with pictures of Williams “cop baby mama” came after EJBNEWS revealed Williams’ wife had filed for divorce.

Reed said he’s campaigning for Cleveland mayor again and sees no improvement in the mitigation of violence in the city.  1o  homicides for the month of January 2021.  177 homicides in 2020.  Over 60 percent unsolved and far below the national average.

Reed now sees Williams as incompetent as he sees staffing in the homicide unit with only 24 police officers covering two shifts.  The late Cleveland Mayor George Voinovich ended the 3rd shift for the detective bureaus after Governor Richard Celeste made good on his commitment to let police unions negotiate wages and benefits in 1983.  Cleveland taxpayers couldn’t afford the cost of negotiated wages and benefits so the cuts in services began and never stopped.

Thanks to collective bargaining Cleveland police captains are set to earn $101,000 each before overtime in 2021.  Public employee unions in Ohio are out-of-control; and so is the widespread theft of “unwatched” public funds during the cold and flu season pandemic mayors like Jackson are using to circumvent and obstruct the enforcement of constitutions and laws.

Reed told EJBNEWS he observed Councilman Blaine Griffin’s “Zoom’d” safety committee hearing and was completely unsatisfied with Williams’ smug response to the violence police directed at protestors after George Floyd’s death.  Reed was at the protest and saw first hand how police instigated violence with tear gas and rubber bullets.

He said Williams’ was lying with claims that protestors had tried to enter the Justice Center.  He said police provoked the destruction of downtown Cleveland.

“Either they won’t let him do what he knows or he doesn’t know what he’s doing.  He’s managing the department just like McGrath [Michael].  All these specialized units are not working,” Reed said.  “No one’s being held accountable.”

Reed said Williams and Jackson have also been weak in sending the message that Timothy Loehman, Tamir Rice’s killer, is not going to work, again, as a Cleveland police officer.  He praised former Cleveland Mayor Michael White for being louder about his thoughts on cops like Loehman.

Reed placed second behind Jackson in the 2017 primary election.

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