πŸš“ Background-Check Fail + ‘Stabbed’ By Deshaun + Mayfly Madness

Good news/bad news: We’re enjoying sunny days with temps in the 70s, but gigantic swarms of mayflies are coming in off Lake Erie. yuck. What else is happening today?

  • Cleveland police seem to have serious trouble investigating new officers
  • Deshaun accuser says his touch was like “being stabbed”
  • LGBTQ+ games: kickball, dodgeball, tennis, bocce, sand volleyball and billiards

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weather: Mostly sunny and pleasant. High: 78, Low: 66


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Cleveland Police Fail To Conduct Proper Background Checks On New Officers

1) Cleveland police have failed to fully check the backgrounds of new officers for seven years, missing allegations of racial bias, criminal charges, terminations, false education claims and other issues as the force tries to grapple with understaffing. After 12-year-old Tamir Rice was shot and killed by an officer previously booted out of the Independence Police Department β€” who never received a background check β€” the city entered into a federal consent decree in 2015 that required such checks. The consent decree also requires independent monitoring, which revealed the shortcomings. Cleveland is 257 officers below desired staffing. There are 1,383 sworn officers on the force.

Cleveland.com


2) The first woman to file a lawsuit against Deshaun Watson says she felt like she was “being stabbed” when the quarterback put his penis on her hand without her consent. Ashley Solis, who is not among the 20 women who’ve settled their cases, testified in a deposition: “That was the first time that he physically touched me without consent. That’s when I put a stop to it … My heart felt really heavy like I was being stabbed.” She and three other women are continuing to press their cases.

Fox 8 News


Radar image from NWS Facebook page.

3) The National Weather Service picked up a giant cloud of mayflies on weather radar over Lake Erie on Wednesday. The bug swarm gathered between the Michigan coastline and Put-in-Bay. Mayflies emerge from Lake Erie mud in June and can live for up to 72 hours. Another mayfly swarm was spotted on radar over the lake near Mentor.

Cleveland 19 News


4) Conor O’Boyle was handing out water after police tear-gassed George Floyd protesters in 2020 when he was hit in the back of the head with a bean bag round fired by police. O’Boyle is now suing Cuyahoga County, a sheriff’s deputy and several county officials for the injuries he said he suffered. “What I would like from all of this is the police to be held accountable,” O’Boyle said.

WKSU.org


5) Cleveland will host the Stonewall National Tournament & Summit from July 8 to July 10, featuring several sporting events for LGBTQ+ athletes: kickball, dodgeball, tennis, bocce, sand volleyball and billiards. “It’s a space where everyone can be their authentic self, you can bring your competitive self, you can bring your partying self, bring your family, whatever it is, you know there’s a place here in Cleveland to live, play, compete, all of it,” said Monica Gustin, national tournament chair.

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Photo Of The Day: Sunday Suds

(Photo courtesy Cuyahoga County Animal Shelter)

The Cuyahoga County Animal Shelter hosted junior volunteers on Sunday for dog-bath day. All the adopted pooches get a bath before going to their new homes. (FYI: One of my little cousins ​​is in this photo!)


5 Headlines You Need To See

  • FirstEnergy fired CEO amid bribery scandal but let him keep millions, documents show (Cleveland Scene)
  • Baker Mayfield to Panthers still a realistic possibility; he’s 100% recovered for training camp (leveland.com)
  • A ZIP code by ZIP code look at sale-to-list price trends for Greater Cleveland (cleveland.com)
  • Cleveland police search for missing 15-year-old girl (Cleveland 19 News)
  • Cuyahoga County Animal Shelter offering $20 adoptions this weekend (cleveland.com)

3 Things To Do

  • History plus sports equals the Cleveland Baseball History event at the Baseball Heritage Museum. The day-long celebration of Cleveland sports history starts with Wayne Pearsall about the Cleveland Buckeyes, followed by Scott Longert about the Cleveland Indians and Municipal Stadium, then Ken Krsolovic and Bryan Fritz about League Park and finally, Marc Bona about the hidden history of Cleveland sports. Registration is preferred, and the event is free with a suggested donation. Visit the Baseball Heritage Museum here. This event is part of Cleveland History Days.
  • “Waitress” is in Playhouse Square until Sunday, so get your ticket to the Hanna as soon as possible. With music and lyrics by Grammy winner Sara Bareilles, the self-described “hilarious hit Broadway musical” has proven itself to be worth the ticket. The production is going out with a bang after weeknight shows leading into the weekend and then a matinee and evening performance Saturday and Sunday. Purchase your ticket here
  • The 10th annual Chamber Fest Cleveland continues for its second week. The chamber music festival lasts three weeks, with performances each Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday at various locations around the Cleveland area. Most performances require paid tickets, but the festival also includes free events. Find the entire schedule here.

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Social Notes

  • this. Team. does. Not. quit. 😀 (Cleveland Guardians via Instagram)
  • City Dogs Cleveland needs donations of soft treats and wet canned dog food! “We are running low on both. Soft, stinky treats are the dogs’ favorite variety, and we use canned food to help give medication, coax shy dogs, and tempt picky eaters.” (City Dogs Cleveland via Facebook)
  • Two out of three people diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease are women. However, a new Cleveland Clinic and Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement survey reveals 82 percent of American women are unaware they are at greater risk. (Cleveland Clinic via Facebook)
  • Bring your nature knowledge and come to Big Met for Cleveland Metroparks trivia night on June 24! Come on your own or bring a team! Free to attend, food and beverage available for purchase. No registration required. (Cleveland Metro Parks via Facebook)

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