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Call and Post (Newspaper) - January 28, 2015, Cleveland, OhioSports awards a enter Rose honors a Sun a Ball an sex ening in. A i Cardale Jones of elegance see Story on Page 6c see Story on Page 18 �-3 03 m r 2 a m ? of t m -3 to it it january 28, 2015 february Rel o a Quot 8-=. 11800 Shaker blvd. Cleveland of 44120 All Ohio edition copyright 2015, Don King i Cpd chief Calvin Williams on 60 minutes a of course there Are bad Cut since taking Over for embattled former Cleveland chief of police Martin flask in lingering outrage Over Gangland style deaths of Timothy Russell and Malissa february chief Calvin Williams has faced one crisis after another. Inheriting the Williams he has had to Deal with the police connected deaths of Tamir Rice and Tanisha Anderson on his watch while protesters have taken to the streets. Photo by Emanuel Wallace by James w. Wade in staff reporter this past sunday Cleveland police chief Calvin Williams was featured on cd so a �?o60 minutes a where he discussed his reaction to the recently released department of Justice do report and Overall actions of his Force. The do report talked about the a systemic deficiencies. �?o60 minutes asked Williams if there were any bad police officers in the department. A of course there Are a he said. A and its my Job to make sure we Weed out the with a no More campaigns to run a Obama refuses to Back Down bad people from this division and that we nurture and grow and support for the Good officers that Are out when asked about the City being a predominantly Black City with a majority White police Force and if that need to change Williams said a diversity is always at the forefront of what in a trying to do in this City. But if you come from the premise that Only an african american can police other african americans then we re All doomed to Williams has been a police officer in Cleveland for 29 years. He a faced one crisis after another since assuming command in february. No incident in Cleveland has been More horrifying than the killing of 12 year old Tamir Rice. A there Are some issues within the Cleveland division of police As they pertain to use of Force As they pertain to reporting and Community issues. And we Are working diligently with both the department of Justice and with the Community to make sure that we Correct chief Calvin Williams with mayor Frank Jackson in the background addresses the Tamir Rice killing at a press conference in november. A photo those things a said Williams. Since the release of the report Cleveland City Council has held listening Tours. Many have complained that they Are nothing but a dog and Pony show and nothing will be done. The City of Cleveland has been talking and trying to put something in motion to implement some changes. Exactly How Long it will take to implement some of the changes in the Cleveland division of police will depend on the willingness of the departments leadership. When we put in a Call to the mayors office for comments about the �?o60 minutes segment the communications department explained that producers actually taped mayor Frank g Jackson and Cleveland chief Calvin Williams. But for some reason they Only aired Williams segment. See cops/2a by George e. Curry Nipa editor in chief news analysis Washington Nipa the strongest line in president Obama a state of the Union address tuesday night was Adli bed. When he said toward the end of his one hour speech a i have no More campaigns to run a republicans laughed. He quickly shot Back a i know because i won both of that Brief Exchange tells us what we can expect in Obama a final two years in office and reflects two different realities. A confident and relaxed Obama making it very Clear that he is not going to curl up in a Comer and concede the next two years to republicans outlined his bold vision for the future a vision that does not abandon his key policy positions. Though Obama did indeed win both times his name was on the ballot democrats suffered major losses in the 2014 midterm elections. Consequently republicans hold a 247-188 Edge in the House. In the Senate there Are 54 republicans 44 democrats and two independents who usually vote with democrats. On tuesday night president Obama seemed to be setting the stage for 2016 when in addition to the White House there will be a major Battle for control of the Senate where 25 republicans will be up re election compared to Only 10 democrats. Though it will be difficult to get Many of the proposals president Obama said will be in his budget when it is delivered to Capitol Hill in two weeks he argued forcefully that his polices had worked despite strident Republican opposition Over the past six years. A we Are 15 years into this new Century a he began in his address to a joint session of Congress. A fifteen years that dawned with terror touching our shores that unfolded with a new generation fighting two Long and costly wars that saw a vicious recession spread across our nation and the world. It has been and still is a hard time for Many. A but tonight we turn the Page. Tonight after a breakthrough year for America our Economy is growing and creating jobs at the fastest Pace since 1999. Our unemployment rate is now lower than it was before the financial crisis. More of our kids Are graduating than Ever before. More of our people Are insured than Ever see Obama/4c groups demand change based on do findings by James w. Wade Iii staff reporter North Randall a mayor Smith rebukes claims by James w. Wade Iii staff reporter last week we reported about the alleged problems with the Black contractors being shut out of the bid process for the demolition of Randall Park mall. This week mayor David Smith had a Chance to share his Side of the Story. Smith has been the mayor of the Village of North Randall since 2003 and has always prided himself and his area on providing the Best services possible and has always believed in being fair with diversity and inclusion. In a phone interview Smith seemed very much upset by the claims that he was not Black enough or acting against the Blacks trying to secure business in his area. A i grew up on 79th and Rawlings and i know what it is to be Black a he said. Developer Stuart Lichter is working on making the location an Industrial Park. He estimated it had the potential to create 1,000 jobs at the site. He said rehabbing All of the property was not practical Given its intended use for warehousing and Light Industrial manufacturing. He did say new life would be brought to the old Sears building and the magic Johnson movie theater. The design of both buildings fits the purpose of a Light Industrial operation. The building where Macy a once stood and where the Burlington coat factory continues to operate will not be affected by the development project at least not yet. Lichter a company does not own either property. Smith said right now the demolition is being done privately and when the part comes along for Public funding he will take bids and they will have minorities working on the Job site. A we have worked hard and Long to get someone in Here to do something with this property. My residents Are Happy with the Progress of everything out in the past Smith talked about How people have wrote his North Randall area off. A the memories of what was. And they have very fond memories of shopping there and being entertained there and also they see the sadness that was left behind after the closure of the mall a said Smith. The mall has been closed for nearly 11 years. The Village of North Randall has been talking to developers about redeveloping the mall site Ever since it closed. A we mean business Here a Smith added. See Smith/2a Rev. Jawanza Colvin the greater Cleveland Community has been very vocal since the shooting of 12-year-old Tamir Rice and about the department of Justice do report that came out around the same time. The City a Council members held a listening tour and concerned citizens came to express their frustration with the police department. Greater Cleveland congregations acc has stepped up to express their concerns regarding the do report. Acc is a nonpartisan coalition of Faith communities and partner organizations in Cuya hoga county working together to build Power for social Justice. Acc unites people across lines of race class religion and geography to promote Public private and civic sector actions which strengthen and improve the Quality of life of our neighbourhoods. A the Call to action represents an unprecedented Opportunity for greater Cleveland congregations to have an influence on the 4cnow i n in w s direction of the criminal Justice system in Cleveland a said Rev. Jawanza Colvin pastor of Olivet institutional Baptist Church. Acc has held planning meetings to ensure recommendations can be made while the City and . Department of Justice negotiate a consent decree to cure systemic deficiencies in the police department As found by the do. A this is a Way of making sure our voices Are heard a said co chair rabbi Joshua Caruso of the Ashe Chesed Fairmount Temple. Acc formed 3 years ago to build Power for social Justice. The organization includes some of Northeast Ohio a most prominent Faith communities. It has worked for school Reform to expand medicaid in Ohio and to reduce gun violence. When they made their self known at the masonic Temple downtown each Church came to the microphone to announce How Many members they brought. In past years they have also challenged Eric Gordon and the Cleveland metropolitan school Board. Now acc feels something must be done about the do report and started hosting meetings to discuss and give the Community a Chance to ask questions. The first meeting open to the Public was a teach in at Antioch Baptist Church 8869 Cedar ave. The meeting talked about the racial disparities evident in Cleveland police stops arrests and use of Force. All of the issues and recommendations from that meeting will be approved on thursday jan., 29, at 7 . West Shore unitarian universalist Church 20401 Hilliard blvd. In Rocky River will approve a acc platform of recommendations. A general Assembly on feb. 3, expected to draw Well Over 1,000, will present the acc position on police reforms to . Attorney Steve Dettelbach department of Justice officials and the City of Cleveland. The Assembly will be at 7 . At Olivet institutional Baptist Church 8712 Quincy ave. Colvin who has been very outspoken about Justice in Cleveland feels everyone must take a stance on the do report. A Many complaints about the police department were aired about a year ago when the Justice department came to Olivet and heard from local residents. I can Tell you that the stories that we heard were in some cases what you anticipated and in some cases were extremely surprising a he said. The Community is calling for Martin flask and safety director Michael Mcgrath to step Down but they refuse. No matter what forum you Are in someone is asking for them to resign. A a we re not just talking about How people Are treated in car chases when they Are fleeing the police we re talking about How people Are treated in routine stops in routine engagement with officers a said Colvin. Periodic a postage paid

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