Push to recall Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson

Push to recall Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson

Some people in Cleveland have had enough of Mayor Frank Jackson and want him out of office.

19 Action News Investigative Reporter Scott Taylor first broke on Twitter the call to remove the mayor.

The Black Contractors Group has been very vocal about a lack of minority contractors on projects in Cleveland in the past.

The group wants Mayor Jackson gone, and they are holding four community-wide meetings to gain support for a recall.

"African Americans are continued to be denied the opportunity to build their neighborhoods. Build their communities and go home and feed their families too," says Ken Bender with the Black Contractors Group.

Mayor Jackson would not talk to 19 Action News on on camera, but issued this statement:

"It is the right of citizens within the charter to request a recall of any City of Cleveland elected official if they believe that is what they need to do."

The American Center for Economic Equality is also backing the push to boot the mayor.

The group sites the recent scathing Department of Justice report on the Cleveland Police Department's use of deadly force.

Plus, both groups were shocked when the mayor promoted former Public Safety Director Martin Flask and former Police Chief Michael McGrath to new jobs with the City.

"The mayor is still snubbing his nose and acting like there is nothing wrong. The Safety Director and the Police Chief should have both been fired," says Norm Edwards with the American Center for Economic Equality.

The first community-wide meeting to recall the mayor will be held March 4, at the Kinsman Square Party Center on 3224 East 93rd Street in Cleveland.  The meeting runs from 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.

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