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  1. Yeah it only took several days. Do you think you or I would be walking the streets if we killed someone by kneeling on a person's neck for 9 minutes and it went viral? Do you think the prosecutors would "be careful" with picking the murder charge to make sure "they have a solid case?" Or would they throw the book at us and leave it up to our attorney's to whittle the charge down to a lesser one? I completely understand why the Floyd family and every black citizen is irate. And this is just the most recent case, one of many.
  2. Is it really though? When you have a 9 minute video of a police officer kneeling on a subdued suspect's neck? If the tables were turned and it was a black guy on a white cop, he'd be up for murder one and facing the death penalty.
  3. That sounds great on the surface. Then I remembered that the South Carolina officer that shot Walter Scott in the back as ran away only got 20 years. The Hennepin County DA and medical examiner are already setting up this Minneapolis cop for a slap on the wrist for Mr Floyds murder.
  4. I don't know about everyone else, but I'm starting to see cracks in the Trump loyalty in parts of the conservative media. For instance, 1100 WTAM had a guy on this morning taking about how ANTIFA is just a loose "idea" of like minded people, is really not an organization, and even if it was Trump couldn't do anything about it with domestic laws.
  5. Have you noticed how he stands lately?
  6. I've been wondering about the squad cars all weekend. Everywhere you see them being vandalized or burning, they are sitting there neatly lined up in rows, with no cops around them. Almost like they were begging agitators to destroy them. The ex chief in Philadelphia said this weekend on CNN that in these instances in the past, they never took squad cars into neighborhoods. They always took riot squads on buses and dropped them off, to minimize the destruction. NSFW with volume up due to language:
  7. Just tried to run some errands on the fringe of downtown Cleveland today (post office, etc) and no go. Police were blocking traffic even south of the innerbelt. If Trump was hoping for a miracle economic recovery after the COVID outbreak, the continued violence and destruction aren't helping economic output!
  8. It helps when you have the backing of POTUS and his base.
  9. My stepfather growing up was a union head in Akron. He used to have to defend a guy who would routinely plug the employee toilets on purpose. These kinds of incidents are absurd. Kneeling on a man and killing him is not. When you are sworn to protect and serve, perhaps as a union rep it's best to keep your mouth shut during one of these incident instead of pouring gas on the fire by defending the indefensible. These guys are generally cops first and union reps second. Steve Loomis certainly did not help matters in the high profile incidents in Cleveland prior to his departure.
  10. Seeing how I've been getting curfew notices via text AFTER the curfew has started I'd say that is a hard "no" that businesses were advised. I'm sure since this fell on a weekend the City of Clevleand staff were even slower to respond to anything. Cleveland Clothing was lucky enough to have an office close by and inventory that is easy to move. If you own a large bar or restaurant, would have been quite a task with less than a day's notice.
  11. We should be so lucky. Biden may not be perfect, but he should be a calming figure when compared to Don the Con. Fire, pestilence and a country at war with itself: the Trump presidency is over https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/may/31/donald-trump-coronavirus-pandemic-george-floyd-minneapolis-tweets?utm_term=RWRpdG9yaWFsX0d1YXJkaWFuVG9kYXlVUy0yMDA1MzE%3D&utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&CMP=GTUS_email&utm_campaign=GuardianTodayUS&fbclid=IwAR1M-kligZrj7drkVchubvr2bsIKiJaLYk1zna4yUsUuDLXtqasKzhTl-5w
  12. This is old news--happened back in 2016 right before the election. It was dismissed, probably after Trump paid to make it go away. All the good voters in the "party of family values" still backed him. But Joe Biden is creepy....
  13. This is probably a good time to point out: Only one of the four Minneapolis officers involved was arrested so far. He was arraigned on lesser charges. The Hennepin county medical examiner has ruled that that Mr Floyd might have died from something other than a 200 lb officer kneeling on his neck for 8 minutes. Positive and productive change is long overdue.
  14. I do hope that Playhouse Square has armed guards in the theaters. I'd hate for these idiots to get loose in a theatre and trash it or light it on fire. There are some things that can't be replaced.
  15. NSFW if volume is up due to language and yelling.
  16. LOL my bad I was reading the hashtag #Columbusprotests and that came up. I should have paid more attention to the byline. Still an awful story though.
  17. I heard some businesses are being warned that it will be worse today, so are being proactive and boarding-up their windows. Any cleanup efforts should probably be put on hold until all this is calmed down. When it does, sign me up I'll be there to help.
  18. In true form for Mayor Jackson, I received a text message about the 8 pm curfew at 8:19 pm. Always on top of things!
  19. Columbus folks--I just saw this story when surfing around on the current situation. Could the timing be any worse? Talk about a crazy story--the kid that was shot was found with one of the cops guns, and the cop claimed it had been reported stolen? AG DROPS CHARGES AGAINST BOYKIN IN BALL SHOOTING https://columbuspacket.com/2020/05/ag-drops-charges-against-boykin-in-ball-shooting/
  20. Cleveland just enacted a curfew as well. 8 pm. I also saw a report that suburban police departments are sending officers to aid CPD. That could turn out very badly....
  21. The Trump supporters I've talked to about this dichotomy said it was really just about Kaepernick protesting at work.... So if he would have been somewhere else they would have been totally fine with it
  22. I was out in Port Clinton last weekend. Due to Covid and the Lake flooding, the main downtown street was closed and used for patio seating for restaurants. It was really quite nice!
  23. Just saw this on the Detroit Shoreway Facebook page this evening. Matt Zone has drafted a resolution addressing the Norfolk Southern routing of hazmat trains through the City of Cleveland. He is asking that concerned citizens share with and contact Federal reps and Norfolk Southern executives as interstate commerce is out of local and state jurisdiction, rendering this resolution without teeth. Matt Zone Resolution No. -2020 Council Members Zone AN EMERGENCY RESOLUTION Condemning Norfolk Southern Corporation for rerouting daily trains carrying highly toxic flammable crude oil and ethanol through the City of Cleveland, without public notice; strongly urging Norfolk Southern Corporation to immediately cease this rerouting; urging Norfolk Southern Corporation to withdraw its request to the Federal Railroad Administration to reduce the rail and traffic handling capacity of the only reliever route between Chicago and Pittsburgh, thus causing more traffic through Cleveland; and further urging that all hazardous materials shipments not originating or terminating in the City of Cleveland be moved to less populous routes. WHEREAS, on April 7, 2020, without public notice, Norfolk Southern Corporation (NS) permanently rerouted through the City of Cleveland several daily trains in each direction, each comprised entirely of more than 100 tank cars filled with highly toxic and flammable crude oil and ethanol, as well as empty backhauls; and WHEREAS, these trains travel between the Bakken Region of North Dakota and refineries near Philadelphia; each railroad tank car carries about 30,000 gallons of product while each train carries about 3 million gallons; when combined with existing traffic through Cleveland, more than 10 million gallons of crude oil or ethanol pass through Cleveland each day; and WHEREAS, these loaded oil and ethanol trains have been permanently rerouted from a much less populated route called the Fort Wayne Line, going through Fort Wayne, Indiana, and travelling east through the cities of Lima, Mansfield and Canton, Ohio; as of April 7, 2020, the trains began traveling east of Fort Wayne through the cities of Fostoria, Bellevue, Vermilion, Elyria, Berea, Brook Park, Cleveland, Garfield Heights, Maple Heights, Bedford, Macedonia, Hudson and on the way to near Pittsburgh; and WHEREAS, the crude oil and ethanol trains have been rerouted from a rail corridor through nine Ohio counties (Van Wert, Allen, Hardin, Wyandot, Crawford, Richland, Ashland, Wayne, Stark) with a combined population of 892,077 to a rail corridor through 12 Ohio counties (Paulding, Putnam, Hancock, Seneca, Sandusky, Huron, Erie, Lorain, Cuyahoga, Summit, Portage, Stark) with a combined population of 3,558,133; and WHEREAS, the crude oil and ethanol trains cross over several rivers near their Lake Erie mouths, most especially the Cuyahoga River in downtown Cleveland.; tfhe trains cross the Cuyahoga River on a lift bridge at its mouth, only three nautical miles from the Lake Erie water intake crib which provides Greater Cleveland with most of its water supply; and WHEREAS, the rerouted NS crude oil and ethanol trains travel within a few feet of the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority’s (GCRTA) Red Line rapid transit for 6.5 miles with no physical barrier between the two rail corridors to prevent derailed freight cars, each weighing up to 125 tons, to enter the path of GCRTA trains that carry more than 20,000 passengers each weekday; and WHEREAS, the rerouted crude oil and ethanol trains through Cleveland also cause these dangerous shipments to share tracks with four nightly Amtrak passenger trains that carry more than 600,000 travelers per year, or an average of 1,600 passengers per night; and WHEREAS, in July 2012, 17 cars of an NS freight train derailed due to a broken rail near the Ohio State Fairgrounds in Columbus; tank cars carrying ethanol caught fire and exploded, forcing the evacuations of more than 100 homes; that train had a variety of rail cars and shipments in it, unlike the trains that are being rerouted through Cleveland which are comprised entirely of over 100 tank cars carrying crude oil and ethanol; and WHEREAS, in October 2007, two ethanol tank cars in a 112-car CSX freight train ruptured and caught fire during a derailment of 31 cars in Painesville, Ohio, forcing the evacuations of 1,300 residents within a half-mile of the scene; the incident was caused by the incorrect installation of a new rail; firefighters were able to keep the ethanol cars cool to prevent explosions and created a makeshift dam to prevent leaking hazardous materials from poisoning the Mentor Marsh; and WHEREAS, additionally, on March 20, 2020, NS filed with the Federal Railroad Administration a request to reduce the rail traffic handling capacity of NS’s only bypass route around Greater Cleveland; this was the route that NS’s crude oil and ethanol trains had been using until April 7, 2020. WHEREAS, specifically, NS has requested permission to remove about 33 miles of parallel second main track over a 100-mile section of its Fort Wayne Line route between mileposts 84.8 (near Alliance, Ohio) and 188.3 (near Crestline, Ohio); this second main track allows two trains traveling in opposite directions to safely pass each other; the loss of this second main track would greatly reduce the rail traffic handling capacity of this route which is NS’s only reliever route between the nation’s rail and traffic interchange gateway in Chicago and NS’s major rail yard at Conway, PA near Pittsburgh; and WHEREAS, downgrading the Fort Wayne Line east of Crestline, Ohio will permanently and significantly diminish the capacity of NS’s only bypass route around Greater Cleveland and the only traffic congestion and emergency relief route for NS’s very busy Chicago Line (west of Cleveland) and Cleveland Line (east of Cleveland) into Conway Yard and points East; and WHEREAS, this resolution constitutes an emergency measure for the immediate preservation of public peace, property, health or safety, now, therefore, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF CLEVELAND: Section 1. That, this Council condemns Norfolk Southern Corporation for rerouting daily trains carrying highly toxic flammable crude oil and ethanol through the City of Cleveland, without public notice; strongly urges Norfolk Southern Corporation to immediately cease this rerouting; urges Norfolk Southern Corporation to withdraw its request to the Federal Railroad Administration to reduce the rail and traffic handling capacity of the only reliever route between Chicago and Pittsburgh, thus causing more traffic through Cleveland; and further urges that all hazardous materials shipments not originating or terminating in the City of Cleveland be moved to less populous routes. Section 2. That the Clerk of Council is directed to transmit copies of this resolution to: Norfolk Southern Corporation c/o Marque Ledoux, Vice President, government relations; the Federal Railroad Administration; the U.S. Surface Transportation Board; the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio; the Ohio Rail Development Commission; Congresspersons Marcy Kaptur, Marcia Fudge, Bob Gibbs, David Joyce and Tim Ryan; Senators Sherrod Brown and Rob Portman; and all members of the Ohio General Assembly whose districts include the City of Cleveland. Section 3. That this resolution is hereby declared to be an emergency measure and, provided it receives the affirmative vote of two-thirds of all the members elected to Council, it shall take effect and be in force immediately upon its adoption and approval by the Mayor; otherwise it shall take effect and be in force from and after the earliest period allowed by law.
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