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Lorain High School security guard accused of excessive force on student, officials say

LORAIN, Ohio — A Lorain High School security guard has been placed on paid administrative leave after being accused of excessive use of force on a student. Erin Gadd, director of communications and community engagement for Lorain City Schools, said the student did not need medical attention after the incident. The incident happened after school Thursday on school property, Gadd said.

Details of what prompted the excessive use of force are not immediately available.

“Our district does not condone excessive force if that is indeed what happened in this situation,” Lorain City Schools Superintendent Dr. Jeff Graham said in a statement. “I will reach out to the family and the student involved so they feel comfortable returning to our school.”

The incident is under investigation by the Lorain City Schools security team and the Lorain Police Department.

Additional details will be released once police and the administration learn more about what happened.

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  1. ^ Friday’s crime and courts comments section. (www.cleveland.com)

Gang member found guilty in 2 of 3 killings

Gang Member Found Guilty In 2 Of 3 Killings

John Brisco(Photo: WILMINGTON POLICE DEPARTMENT)

CORRECTION: A previous version of this article misstated the number of murders John Brisco was convicted of.

A 19-year-old man, branded one of Wilmington’s “most dangerous individuals,” has been found guilty in two of the three killings in which he was charged. A jury, which deliberated for 2 days, on Friday found John Brisco guilty of killing 18-year-old William Rollins Jr. and 53-year-old Ioannis Kostikidis, but not guilty of the murder of 20-year-old Devon Lindsey. In Kostikidis’ killing, the jury could determine intentional killing or reckless killing during the commission of a felony. The jury found Brisco not guilty of intentional killing, but guilty of reckless killing during the commission of a felony. Brisco also was found guilty of gang participation, several weapons, conspiracy and attempted robbery charges.

Superior Court Judge William C. Carpenter Jr. scheduled the sentencing for June. Brisco, who went by the name “Bin Laden,” faces life in prison.

“I’m ecstatic in regards to the verdict that came back,” said Shareece White, Rollins’ mother. “With this conviction, we got him off the streets and saved quite a few other lives.”

White wanted other mothers who have lost children to gun violence to know that this is just the beginning.

“If we keep fighting we can get more,” she said. “There’s other gangs out there, other murders out there that haven’t been solved. They just have to stand strong and have faith.”

STORY: Four guilty pleas in two Wilmington gang cases[1]

STORY: 13 gang members face 91 charges, including murder[2]

Rollins was shot dead on Jan. 24, 2015, near West 21st and Washington streets one week after Lindsey was killed. Brisco also shot and killed Ioannis Kostikidis, a security guard at the American Beauty School, during a robbery attempt at Sixth and Tatnall streets on Feb. 6, 2013.

Brisco was one of 13 defendants indicted in the Touch Money Gang case in 2015. He is the only defendant who has proceeded to trial, after rejecting a plea deal that would have put him in prison for a minimum of 41 years. When the indictment was first announced, Delaware Attorney General Matt Denn called it the largest in memory in terms of the number of homicides and shootings captured in the charges.

“This defendant was one of the most dangerous individuals in the city of Wilmington, and Delaware [Department of Justice] and law enforcement have spent years assembling the complex case against him and other TMG members,” Denn said in a statement. “I especially thank and commend Deputy Attorneys General John Downs, Dan McBride and Periann Doko and paralegal Jaime Prater, along with Sgt. Randy Nowell, Det. Tom Curley and Det. Marty Lenhardt of Wilmington Police, on the result of this trial. I also thank the many other DOJ deputies and staff, Wilmington Police and fellow law enforcement agencies who contributed to this important case.”

Contact Esteban Parra at (302) 324-2299, [email protected] or Twitter @eparra3.

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  1. ^ Four guilty pleas in two Wilmington gang cases (www.delawareonline.com)
  2. ^ 13 gang members face 91 charges, including murder (www.delawareonline.com)

Presidents, kings, ambassadors — and county commissioners — jump the MIA security line

That s us, commissioners. Feet bare. Belts removed. Pants drooping toward an unseemly revelation of old guy cleavage. We re slouching our way down a serpentine airport security line that, if uncoiled to its full length, might extend into the next time zone. We ll need that extra hour to clear the security morass in time to catch our collective flights. Yeah. It sucks. Shuffle. Stop. Shuffle. Stop. Until we re finally herded like moo cows into the scanning machines, where we stand with our arms aloft while TSA guards peruse our erogenous zones. (I thought I heard a giggle.)

But hey. We do this willingly, this collective sacrifice of time and dignity, a democratic necessity in the age of terror, endured by all of us. Almost all of us. Miami-Dade County commissioners, those who insist on special treatment, are spared such plebeian vexations at Miami International Airport. Mayors and county commissioners often demand that the airport assign them protocol escorts who zip them to the front of the line, bypassing those tiresome security checkpoints. After all, they re so much more important than the traveling rabble.

To be sure, MIA does indeed provide protocol escorts to guide certain dignitaries through the airport. The county s Protocol Procedures Manual [1] lists the kind of grandees who rate this VIP service: Heads of states ( including reigning kings, emperors, queens, empresses and heads of dukedoms and principalities ) presidents, vice presidents, cabinet officers, ministers of state, their various chiefs of staffs, ambassadors, and immediate family members of reigning royal families rate the airport express lane. I m looking. I m looking. Nope. No mention of county commissioner. Apparently, some local grunt, stewing in the security line, was not pleased to see a county commissioner getting the royal treatment. A complaint was filed with the Miami-Dade Commission on Ethics and Public Trust. The ethics commission investigated and issued a report[2] last month. In an age when security issues abound at airports, including those related to possible terrorist activities, a policy of routinely offering such unnecessary courtesies that create diversions from necessary security activities is highly questionable, the investigator (former Miami Herald columnist Robert Steinback) concluded.

Maybe. Maybe not. But then Steinback got at what drives us commoners crazy, suggesting that the image of local public officials being specially escorted through security lines for non-emergency trips, including personal family excursions, while other taxpayers wait patiently in line, is likely to be offensive to the traveling and taxpaying public. The report[3] went on to list the local public officials who would be king. From early 2014 through mid-2016, the investigation discovered, county commissioners received special escorts 241 times, often with chauffeured electric carts to whisk them from the curb and through the concourses. However, Commissioners Dennis Moss and Bruno Barreiro were able to navigate their way through the airport without special treatment. (Xavier Suarez was listed a single time but he told the Herald s Douglas Hanks[4] that he had not requested a protocol escort but was carted around by officials who wanted to brief him on airport developments.)

Other commissioners were not so reluctant. Sally Heyman hit em up for 45 escorts. Jean Monestime, for 35. Eleven escorts were assigned to various commissioners relatives.

Only three mayors made the list. Miami Mayor Tom s Regalado requested escorts 51 times; Hialeah s Carlos Hernandez, 26 times; and Miami-Dade s Carlos Gimenez, a dozen times. Such meddling by the ethics commission was not well received by a few of our highfalutin commissioners. As Hanks reported[5], Commissioner Rebeca Sosa, who occasionally extended the VIP service to her sister, blew a gasket. She made a not-very-veiled threat. We have to approve the budget of every department, Sosa told Ethics Commission director Joe Centorino at a meeting Monday. How will I feel to approve the budget of a department when you are telling me that department had investigators for more than a year investigating a rule that doesn t exist? That was sooooo Sosa.

But really, commissioner, it should hardly be much of a surprise that some of us are offended by elected officials who imagine themselves too important to wait in line with the unwashed masses. It sparked a minor outrage back in 1995, when Jim DeFede wrote a story [6]in the Miami New Times detailing how local politicians and county officials view protocol staffers as their personal servants when they use the airport. Since 2014, TSA has allowed[7] members of Congress to sneak past security. That wasn t much appreciated either. The ACLU complained. Insulating lawmakers, judges, and other decision-makers from the burdens and inconveniences of air travel does not serve the interests of democracy and fairness. When the government makes status-based decisions about aviation security, it pits Joe Congressman against Joe Sixpack, and unsurprisingly, the congressman comes out ahead, the ACLU said. But when it comes to VIP treatment, Joe Congressman ain t got nothing on Joe County Commissioner.

References

  1. ^ Protocol Procedures Manual (www.miamidade.gov)
  2. ^ issued a report (ethics.miamidade.gov)
  3. ^ report (www.miamiherald.com)
  4. ^ but he told the Herald s Douglas Hanks (www.miamiherald.com)
  5. ^ reported (www.miamiherald.com)
  6. ^ wrote a story (www.miaminewtimes.com)
  7. ^ TSA has allowed (www.huffingtonpost.com)