FREEDOM’S GATE: Al Sharpton in Cleveland – unleashing violence or calm

Can the city, state or nation expect violence like Ferguson or Baltimore after Sharpton’s Cleveland speech?


WASHINGTON, May 26, 2015 — The horrific violence and mass looting that ravaged Ferguson, Mo., and Baltimore did not occur in Cleveland, despite Cleveland Police Officer Michael Brelo’s being found not guilty of voluntary manslaughter in the November 2012 shooting deaths of Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams. The two were killed by a barrage of 137 shots fired by police into their car.

On Saturday, Fox News reported that Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge John O’Donnell said before rendering his verdict that “he would not ‘sacrifice’” officer Brelo to an angry public if the evidence did not merit the conviction.

Local NAACP leaders were among many black leaders who vigorously disagreed with the judge’s verdict but joined Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams and Mayor Frank Jackson in requesting peaceful protest.

As an apparent result of combined community and city cooperation, only 71 people were arrested during demonstrations on Saturday.

But the calm in the city may be the quiet before the storm; Al Sharpton has accepted a request to appear in Cleveland this week to address the judge’s decision.

Can the city, state or nation expect Ferguson or Baltimore-level violence following Sharpton’s Cleveland appearance? This is the question that will be addressed on “Standing at Freedom’s Gate” with host Kevin Fobbs and nationally syndicated radio host Kenneth McClenton.

McClenton, who hosts the Exceptional Conservative Show, formerly served as policy analyst for the DC Financial Authority and ombudsman for the Federal Voting Assistance Program.

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Kevin Fobbs
Kevin Fobbs began writing professionally in 1975. He has been published in the "New York Times," and has written for the "Detroit News," "Michigan Chronicle," “GOPUSA,” "Soul Source" and "Writers Digest" magazines as well as the Ann Arbor and Cleveland "Examiner," "Free Patriot," "Conservatives4 Palin" and "Positively Republican." The former daily host of The Kevin Fobbs Show on conservative News Talk WDTK - 1400 AM in Detroit, he is also a published author. His Christian children’s book, “Is There a Lion in My Kitchen,” hit bookstores in 2014. He writes for Communities Digital News, and his weekly show "Standing at Freedom’s Gate" on Community Digital News Hour tackles the latest national and international issues of freedom, faith and protecting the homeland and heartland of America as well as solutions that are needed. Fobbs also writes for Clash Daily, Renew America and BuzzPo. He covers Second Amendment, Illegal Immigration, Pro-Life, patriotism, terrorism and other domestic and foreign affairs issues. As the former 12-year Community Concerns columnist with The Detroit News, he covered community, family relations, domestic abuse, education, business, government relations, and community and business dispute resolution. Fobbs obtained a political science and journalism degree from Eastern Michigan University in 1978 and attended Wayne State University Law School. He spearheaded and managed state and national campaigns as well as several of President George W. Bush's White House initiatives in areas including Education, Social Security, Welfare Reform, and Faith-Based Initiatives.