Community activist Kathy Wray Coleman (above) speaks to the mainstream media at an anti-police brutality rally in greater Cleveland in response to Cleveland police shootings of unarmed Blacks. To Ms Coleman's right is the mother of Malissa William, 30, who was gunned down along with Timothy Russell, 43, in 2012 by 13 non Black Cleveland cops slinging 137 bullets. Only one of the officers, Michael Brelo, was charged, and was acquitted of manslaughter charges in May by Cuayhoga County Court of Common Pleas Judge John O'Donnell. (Photo by Laura Cowan).
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|Community activist and WERE 1490 AM radio host Art McKoy|
CLEVELAND, Ohio-Greater Cleveland community activist and local journalist Kathy Wray Coleman, who trained for 17 years at the Call and Post Newspaper and also publishes Cleveland Urban News.Com, Ohio's leading digital Black newspaper, is a guest on the Cleveland, Ohio based Art McKoy University Show of Common Sense on Sunday, June 21 at 5:30 pm on WERE 1490 AM radio. The call-in number is (216) 578-1490.
"We look forward to the interview," said McKoy."They [UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS, OHIO POLICE, JUDGES, AND OTHERS] have gone too far in harassing this community activist and Black woman." (Editor's note : Led by McKoy, community activists will picket University Heights police at University Heights City Hall, University Heights, Ohio on Monday, July 6 , the day of the city council meeting. For more information call Art McKoy at (216) 253-4070, Kathy Wray Coleman at (216) 659-0573 and Don Bryant at (216) 772-6788).
McKoy is the leader of the grassroots group the Black Man's Army, and he founded Black on Black Crime Inc, likely the best known greater Cleveland community activists group with its headquarters in East Cleveland, a majority Black and impoverished Cleveland suburb.
"We support you," said Black on Black Crime Vice President Al Porter, co-producer under McKoy of the hit radio show that McKoy says "draws millions of listeners."
Coleman is a longtime community activist who leads the activists group the Imperial Women Coalition, a group founded around the murders of 11 Black women by serial killer and death row inmate Anthony Sowell.
|Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas Judge John O'Donnell|
One of the cops, that Coleman said she spoke too after the ambush by phone to call for release of the two hostages, one 63-year-old and the other 56, demanded that Coleman return to the home to give them papers Chase attorneys want relative to the housing dispute. Coleman got away safely, backing out of her driveway an touching nobody, and under the fear of being shot and killed for nothing.
Previously, said Coleman, police said that they had been watching her rally on television with McKoy and other activists. Police also bragged, said Coleman, that they had broken into the home and stolen most of her property, including a $20,000 collectors car, and with no eviction or legal authority whatsoever. The property remains hidden, Coleman said.
Coleman said that O'Donnell sent the police to harass her and that the judge is allegedly "mentally unhinged and obsessed with Black women he cannot control."She said that police used the lame, orchestrated and illegal excuse that they thought the home was abandoned, though she says that police and city officials, and JPMorgan Chase Bank attorneys of the law firms of Reimer and Lorber, Bricker and Eckler, Lerner, Sampson and Rothfuss, and Thompson Hine, have been threatening her for 12 years on the home and even during the week leading up to the ambush. She said that police, University Heights Mayor Susan Infeld, and the building commissioner were aware that she had begun repairing the home.
Coleman said that she has been repeatedly harassed for articles and activism on racism, police brutality, public corruption, violence against women, politics, and documented foreclosure fraud by University Heights officials, judges, county officials and others. This includes leading rallies around Cleveland police fatal victims Tamir Rice and Tanisha Anderson, Ariel Castro victims Michelle Knight, Gina DeJesus and Amanda Berry, the 11 murder victims of Anthony Sowell, and the 137 bullets Williams-Russell shooting. Also, said Coleman, she has led protests in Shaker Heights, also a Cleveland suburb, as to alleged housing discrimination against Blacks, and has been harassed for that too, among other harassment for other community ventures.
"I feared for my life the day of the May 15 police ambush at my home, and still do, and the harassment by ill disciplined, racist White University Heights cops was unnecessary and illegal," said Coleman "When an entourage of White policemen come on the property of a reporter and a Black Lives Matter activist unannounced, without a warrant, and slinging guns and rifles, it is serious, and dangerous."
Activists are calling for an investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice as to the aforementioned and as to Cleveland suburbs, University Heights in particular, and the affiliated courts, including Shaker Heights Municipal Court that also hears cases from the Cleveland suburban cities of Beachwood, Pepper Pike and Hunting Valley, and malicious prosecutions brought by University Heights police in retaliation for their heightened police brutality against the Black community and women.
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