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Jackson defending Mason hiring is derelict, disgusting: Darcy cartoon

November 20, 2018

Jackson defending Mason hiring is derelict, disgusting: Darcy cartoon

CLEVELAND, Ohio --  A version of above cartoon was first posted in 2017 after The City of Cleveland hired convicted domestic abuser Lance Mason.  A fired stamp was added along with O.J. Simpson now applying for Mason’s old job, instead of Jackson Dirt Track Director, in the 2017 version. 

Mayor Frank Jackson has blood on his hands, and it’s not from harvesting a Thanksgiving turkey.  It’s from Jackson signing off on the hiring of Lance Mason in 2017 after Mason was convicted of a brutal assault on his wife Aisha Fraser Mason, and a cache of weapons and smoke bombs were found in his home.  It’s from Jackson doubling down and defending his indefensible 2017 hiring of Mason even after the former Judge  was implicated in the vicious stabbing death of his estranged wife.

Clevelanders should be able to give thanks this Thanksgiving that they have a mayor with good judgement and a sense of decency.  They can’t with Frank Jackson as mayor.

Jackson has been derelict in his duty to protect citizens with his horrific judgement regarding Mason.   He has been sending a terrible message to victims of domestic abuse and has only furthered the trauma and abuse of children who have witnessed domestic violence.

Jackson belatedly fired Mason, but hiring Mason in the first place, then still defending that hiring in the wake of Aisha Fraser Mason’s brutal killing within earshot and sight of her children, is just cause for Jackson’s own firing.  

“It is what it is” is a Jackson trademark line.  What the Mason hiring and hiring defense is, is Jackson’s worst decision as Mayor.  And it’s making Jackson’s decision to seek re-election look like his second worst decision for the city of Cleveland.

The decision to hire Mason wasn’t just bad with the hindsight of the stabbing death of his wife.  Many members of the media, myself include, and the community, condemned Mason’s hiring in 2017 based on the viciousness of his 2014 assault on his wife.

Mason had been convicted of punching his wife 20 times, slamming her head into a car dashboard 5 times, all while the couple’s children were in the back seat.  The damage to Aisha Fraser Mason was so severe she required reconstructive surgery. 

Considering the severity of Mason’s bludgeoning of his wife, he received a slap on the wrist sentence of only two years.  Making it an even greater miscarriage of justice, Mason was released after serving just 9 months on an already light two-year sentence.  

Cleveland.com reports that according to the 911 call,“Lance Mason stabbed his wife to death in the driveway of his home, then walked inside and told his sister that he killed her.”  

Mason’s sister had made the call to 911.  While the stabbing was taking place, Mason’s  sister was in the home with Lance and Aisha Mason’s daughters who can be heard screaming and crying in the background as the convicted wife beater Mayor Frank Jackson thought deserving of a second chance stabbed a mother and beloved teacher to death.

After the stabbing death of his wife, Mason then fled the scene in his SUV, driving it directly into police officer Adam Flynt, leaning into his squad car, pinning Flynt’s legs between the squad car and Mason’s SUV.

In interviews with Cleveland.com and local news stations, Jackson, in disgusting tone-deaf defiance, said he will continue his “second chance policy” of hiring people convicted of misdemeanors and serious felonies.

Jackson still thinks it’s good to use taxpayers’ dollars on his social experiment of giving jobs to ex-cons seeking to turn their lives around, including domestic abusers, who have a recidivism rate right up there with pedophiles.

Former Cleveland Councilwoman Sabra T. Pierce was convicted of accepting bribes in the Cuyahoga County Corruption scandal.  Jackson rewarded her with a $95,000 a year job as director of quality control and performance management.   A very Trumpian move by Cleveland’s Democratic mayor.

In his interview with Cleveland.com defending his second chance policy, Jackson said, “We hire ex-felons.  If you’re looking at impacting the lives of people...were going to proceed this way.”

Jackson recalled his time working on domestic abuse cases in the city prosecutors office before becoming mayor.  He said he heard from people who knew the Masons and that people talked about both in glowing terms.

“It’s a horrendous crime to take the life of someone.  There is no answer in some cases with relationships and the emotions in relationships.  It’s just a tragedy,” Jackson said in the Cleveland.com interview, sounding like he has a sticker on his bumper reading “DOMESTIC VIOLENCE DEATHS HAPPEN”

Jackson talked about “impacting the lives of people” with his second chance program.  In Mason assault, then murder, Jackson claims to “really feel for the children.”    The lives that have been impacted the most are Aisha Fraser Mason and her children.

If Jackson and the court system “really feel for the children,” they would have been more concerned with the welfare of Aisha Fraser Mason than Lance Mason.   She and her children are the ones who really deserved a second chance, and didn’t get it from Mayor Jackson.

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