Support Local Journalism. Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club.

We Get Mail 

Readers sound off an unprosecuted murder, and more

In Need of a Higher Court

Shuree Jefferson is doing the right thing by trying to get answers about what happened to her brother that night ["Shots in the Dark," July 29, 2011]. I truly hope that she is able to take this case to a higher court, because it's clear that the person who killed Jamelle Swanson didn't act in self-defense. It's so easy for the police to close cases when they have to do with young African American males growing up in the 'hood. Thank you for this article, and for letting this family have a voice.

Ms. RDC

A Handy Guide for Voters

I hope to God Jamelle Swanson's family gets justice. Where else would the public accept a police department so lazy that it can do no more than accept statements from witnesses who come in voluntarily? Shame on Bill Mason! This failure to act in conformity with his duties should be burned into the minds of every voter.

Madeline

The Glitches With Snitches

Snitching was and is a way of life in the criminal world — even Danny Greene was an informant [Lake View, June 22, 2011]. Northeast Ohio has had some notorious snitches, from Jackie Presser to Angelo Lonardo.

The notion that "snitches end in ditches" is a myth perpetuated by writers who fantasize that the criminal world as it truly exists is something akin to what Hollywood portrays in the movies. It simply isn't. "Gangsters" end up in prison, and for long sentences. It is those sentences and the life associated with prison that scares them into testifying against "those they have lured into their criminal webs," as you so well state it.

Under the federal criminal system, it is simple: The first one on the bus gets to pick his seat.

Ed Davila

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Cleveland Scene. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Cleveland Scene, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at news@clevescene.com.

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club


Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.


Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.


Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club for as little as $5 a month.

Read the Digital Print Issue

December 1, 2021

View more issues

Newsletters

Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Calendar

Staff Pick Events

  • Monsters vs. Grand Rapids Griffins @ Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse

    • Mon., Dec. 6 and Mon., Dec. 27
  • Cavaliers vs. Chicago Bulls @ Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse

    • Wed., Dec. 8
  • Cavaliers vs. Sacramento Kings @ Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse

    • Sat., Dec. 11

© 2021 Cleveland Scene: 737 Bolivar Rd., Suite 4100, Cleveland, OH 44115, (216) 505-8199
Logos and trademarks on this site are property of their respective owners.


Website powered by Foundation