Cleveland’s New Years

Chicago, Baltimore, and then St. Louis and now Cleveland. 13 people shot in violent nine-hour stretch late New Year’s Eve, early New Year’s Day in Cleveland.

A 31-year-old woman killed by celebratory gunfire and four people injured outside a nightclub are among 13 people shot during a nine-hour stretch late New Year’s Eve and early New Year’s Day in Cleveland, police said.

The violent end to 2019 and start to 2020 included at least 10 separate shootings between 6 p.m. Tuesday and 3 a.m. Wednesday, police said.

He Suffered a Failure of the Victim-selection Process

I’m guessing this is not how he thought his day would turn out, and now it keeps getting worse. Robbery suspect shot by Cleveland cellphone store employee charged in separate hold-up.

He tried to rob a Metro by T-Mobile store. The clerk shot him. He is charged in a robbery of a different Metro by T-Mobile store in April.

Jones has been in custody since an employee shot him in the stomach, left leg and right hand April 23 at another of the chain’s locations on Harvard Avenue at East 93rd Street, according to police reports and court records.

The other robbery was on April 19th.

So did the law-abiding gun-owner stop a crime spree? Who knows? But I know that self-defense is a human-right.

Expecting “The System” to Protect You Is a Losing Proposition

JusticeBecause in the case of domestic violence, The System doesn’t give a damn about you. Kill or be killed shouldn’t be only option for battered women: Andrea Simakis.

He broke into the house where she was staying. He was armed with a .380 ACP pistol. He was charged with various things. The judge gave him a $1000 fine, but suspended it and gave him probation. As if that was going to stop him from doing anything.

“Tell me who walks into a bank and holds a gun on people and walks out with probation?” asks Nancy Grigsby, director of the Ohio Domestic Violence Network’s Legal Assistance Program. “Nobody does! What we’re saying is, when you do this to women and when you do this your family, it’s a different crime for some reason.

“Courts set community norms,” she continues. “And they tell everybody – the kids in that house, the survivor and the perpetrator – what is normal and acceptable in Cleveland.”

Light sentences tell abusers that nothing they’ve done is so terrible to merit imprisonment – or even a fine.

Now complaining about the state of reality is fine. (I do it all the time.) But wishing won’t make things change, and actually changing The System will take time, if it ever happens. (I have been writing about stories like this one since I started blogging in 2004.) Sure, work for change, but in the meantime recognize the state of reality and make your plans accordingly.

In the case of this story, unlike so many others, the bad guy is dead, and his intended victim alive. Not a happy ending, but not the tragedy I read about all too often. More often than I put in this blog, because even when women protect themselves, they often end up charged. Because the other thing The System doesn’t care about is Justice.

Of 91 domestic violence fatalities in Ohio from July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018, 42 were women killed by abusive men. Three more female victims were also tracked – two girls, aged 4 and 1 — and the adult step-daughter of a batterer who got in the way.

Three cops lost their lives in the same year, trying to help.

Twenty-two batterers killed themselves. A handful of others were killed by those coming to a woman’s aid

Five of the dead men were killed by women the Ohio Domestic Violence Network’s Family Systems Advocacy Director Jo Simonsen believes were likely acting in self-defense. One woman was not charged. The rest are awaiting trial or have been sentenced to long prison terms, including a teen in Lima who claimed she’d killed her sex trafficker. She’s doing 10 years. A Cleveland woman got 18 years to life.

Still, would you rather be dead?

He Put Her In the Hospital. Then He Got a Job With the City of Cleveland

Putting your faith in “The System” to guarantee your protection is little more than wishful thinking. Action, not condolences, the way to honor Aisha Fraser: Andrea Simakis.

CLEVELAND, Ohio – After Lance Mason got out of prison for choking and biting and hammering his wife Aisha Fraser in the face, he was hired by City Hall.

And Aisha? She drew up a will.

He “served nine months of a two year sentence for attempted felonious assault even though there was nothing attempted about it.” Her injuries were severe enough to require reconstructive surgery, and she suffered nerve damage. This is who the mayor of Cleveland thought was a guy who should work in city hall.

The politician who “gave him a 2nd chance,” the Mayor of Cleveland, is shocked to discover that abusive husbands will often kill their estranged wives, even in the face of restraining orders.

Mayor Frank Jackson told the cameras that no one could have predicted that Mason would be arrested for killing his estranged wife.

“Spin” doesn’t begin to cover it. Or maybe the Mayor of Cleveland is just completely clueless. (Are you lying, or are you just stupid Mayor Jackson?) Mayor Jackson isn’t responsible for this death; he’s only responsible for being an idiot.

A gun may not have saved this woman. “There are no guarantees in this life save for death and next Winter’s snow.” But “The System” seemed determined to ignore what this man had done. “If you make something less expensive, you will see more of it.” And so, since he had little punishment for severely injuring her, he killed her. Not exactly unexpected.

This Guy Should Have Learned Crime Doesn’t Pay

But he didn’t get that memo. Cleveland man killed in home invasion was released from prison three days earlier

Love was released from prison after serving a 21-month sentence for being part of a group that robbed two people at gunpoint in Cleveland in one day in December 2015.

He was on probation. For three days he was on probation and he goes right back to crime.

21 months for armed robbery? That doesn’t seem right. What he didn’t learn from that crime, he didn’t have the chance to learn from this one.

Cornelius Love was shot and killed by a homeowner during a home-invasion robbery on Wednesday.

“How Dare You Live Without Me” Attack and Self-defense

Things did not go as she planned. Three armed Cleveland home invasion suspects shot during shootout in home, police say |

So the ex-girlfriend gets together with 2 of her relatives, and they invade the home of the ex-boyfriend, where he is home with his new girlfriend. The three are armed with assorted weapons.

The three women, all relatives, broke into the home and fired shots at the couple inside. At least one of the two residents fired back, police said. Investigators are still trying to determine exactly who fired shots during the shootout.

The ex-girlfriend was shot in the stomach. The other 2 home-invaders are in custody.

Self-defense is a human-right.

They Picked the Wrong Place to Rob

Three out of five employees were armed. Police: Suspect in attempted robbery at Taco Bell on West 117th Street was shot, killed by employees – News 5 Cleveland

Police say preliminary investigation indicates five employees were inside the Taco Bell when two masked suspects entered and tried to rob the restaurant. They ordered all of the employees to the ground, police said.

Three of the employees — ages 19, 19 and 23 — were armed and shot at the suspects.

One guy is dead. One guy fled on foot.

Self-defense is a human-right.

He Suffered a Failure of the Victim-selection Process

He thought he could rob the folks in that house. He was wrong. Man shoots and kills home invasion suspect – Cleveland

A guy was at a friends house and went out to his car to get his phone’s charger. The would-be bad-guy ordered him back into the house at gunpoint.

Davis [the homeowner] saw Melton [his friend] walking with his hands up and police say he shot the suspect, striking him in the chest and arm. The man fired back, grazing Melton, and then he left the residence, dropping two handguns.

He was picked up by emergency services nearby but he died at the local hospital.

Defense of self (and family and friends) is a human-right.

Good Guys 1, Bad Guys 0.

Felony Murder: It isn’t complicated

If your involved in a felony, and someone is killed, you can be charged with murder. Got it? Cleveland home invasion suspect charged with murder after homeowner fatally shoots teen accomplice |

A 19-year-old man is charged in a home invasion where his 16-year-old suspected accomplice was shot and killed by the homeowner.

You could also file this under, “they suffered a failure of the victim-selection process.”

Self-defense is a human-right.

With Friends Like This…

Who needs enemies when your friends will stab you over a disagreement between two kids. Cleveland woman charged in stabbing death of friend of 15 years |

Investigators wrote in court records that the altercation between the kids sparked a disagreement between the friends.

The disagreement developed into a “heated argument” and eventually to a physical fight, court records say.

Good thing there was no gun involved, somebody might be dead. Oh, wait….

This is a tragedy for the children. One mother is dead, and the other is likely going to prison. Over a disagreement between kids. I guess expecting the adults to act like adults is a very 19th Century attitude. Maybe early 20th Century.

If You Break Into Homes, You Will Eventually Find an Armed Resident

The results are not surprising. Cleveland homeowner shoots and kills burglar, police say |

The homeowner confronted two men who broke into his Walden Avenue home shortly before 5 p.m. Cleveland police said he pulled out a gun and fired several times at both men.

He injured one of the intruders, who died later at the hospital. The other guy is still running.

Self-defense is a human-right. Good Guys 1, Bad Guys 0.