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MissKitty

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Shooting at City Hall
« on: April 12, 2006, 04:00:18 PM »

Michael Bailey, a well-known community activist also known as General Kabaka Oba of the Black Fist, was shot six times outside City Hall this afternoon, and police believe he was specifically targeted. Police are scouring the area looking for a suspect.

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« Reply #1 on: April 12, 2006, 04:10:14 PM »

Race riots!
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« Reply #2 on: April 12, 2006, 04:19:42 PM »

I just love Kabaka... his loyalty to Han is just so strong.
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« Reply #3 on: April 13, 2006, 09:37:10 AM »

Feud cited in shooting at City Hall
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Community activist shot near City Hall
Lawyer says client acted in self-defense
BY DAN KLEPAL AND SHARON COOLIDGE | ENQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
Outspoken community activist Kabaka Oba, gunned down outside of Cincinnati City Hall while City Council was in session, remained in critical condition this morning. Oba emerged from surgery Wednesday evening, moments after the suspect surrendered to police.

Howard Beatty, 52, surrendered to Police Chief Tom Streicher at York and Linn streets about 6:30 p.m., admitting that he was the person who repeatedly fired into Oba's car while it sat across the street from City Hall.

Oba identified Beatty, who is charged with felonious assault, as the shooter, police said.

The shooting stopped the council meeting cold, as the sound of shots echoed through chambers.

Council member Leslie Ghiz was stopped in mid-sentence. Silence fell over the room as recognition of the sound set in.

"We're adjourned," Mayor Mark Mallory said. Council members, administrators and a handful of residents rushed down three flights of stairs and onto Plum Street.

There they saw Oba on the sidewalk, bleeding.

Paramedics talked to Oba as they cut his clothing off and worked to keep him alive. "Keep breathing, Kabaka, keep breathing," one paramedic chanted. "Hang on Kabaka."

The passenger window of Oba's green Mustang, bearing a license plate with his name, was shot out. There were two bullet holes in the windshield. One bullet went through a window of 814 Plum St., the building behind Oba's car.

Oba was shot in the leg, arm and chest, Assistant Police Chief James Whalen said.

The shooter yelled "Yeehaw" as he fired, "like he was having fun," one witness told an officer.

Minutes after the shooting, Streicher said Oba had been targeted.

"We believe this was a specific act of violence," Streicher said.

Beatty's attorney, Ken Lawson, said his client acted in self-defense.

"He believes he had to protect his life," Lawson said.

Oba, 48, and Beatty had a confrontation Sunday after the broadcast of a television show, during which Oba threatened Beatty, Lawson said. But in a press conference Wednesday night, police made no mention of self-defense. Whalen said there were no weapons in Oba's car, and that Oba had a restraining order against Beatty that was supposed to keep him 500 feet away.

Oba is the self-proclaimed "general" of an activist group called the Black Fist, a militant African-American organization that is anti-Semitic and often claims police brutality against blacks in outspoken and unconventional ways.

Oba was a frequent and passionate speaker at City Council and county commission meetings. On Wednesday, he spoke out in favor of the sheriff's plan to begin patrols in Over-the-Rhine.

"And hopefully, mayor and council, you'll have the police continue to do their jobs, but do their jobs fairly. That's all we ask," he told the council.

Oba has been feuding with employees at Junebugs barbecue restaurant, owned by Beatty's brother George, for months.

In January, Oba was cleared of felony charges that had accused him of threatening a restaurant employee. Howard Beatty is a former employee there. Oba and Beatty live in the West End.

George Beatty spoke with The Enquirer last year about the feud between his family and Oba. There were several confrontations over the years between Oba and the Beattys, George Beatty said, including demonstrations against the Buzz radio station (WDBZ, 1230 AM) at Junebugs, from which the radio station broadcasts some programs. The feud escalated in the summer of 2005 after Oba marched in an anti-Semitic event at which he carried the radio station's banner. That caused Oba to be banned from the restaurant and the Buzz.

George Beatty said there also were confrontations between Oba's group and his employees. "They even said that their problem wasn't with me, it was with my brother," George Beatty said last year.

Police said George Beatty helped locate his brother and bring him into custody.

As police spent the evening interviewing Howard Beatty, Oba's friend Joy Rolland held a vigil at University Hospital with friends and family members.

Oba underwent about three hours of surgery for multiple gunshot wounds. Dr. Jay Johannigman, director of trauma services at University, said Oba was in critical condition but couldn't comment on his chances for recovery.

Wende Cross, who spent the evening at the hospital, said doctors have told friends and family, "He's not out of the woods yet."

Rolland is typically at Oba's side, and both regularly speak at council meetings. Rolland was not at the meeting Wednesday because she was expelled last month after an outburst.

The shooting comes on the third day that police have stepped up enforcement in the city's Over-the-Rhine neighborhood because of a spate of shootings.

"We've got a serious problem and we have to deal with it," said council member Cecil Thomas, a former police officer.

"This is a very jarring, tragic situation," said Mallory, who added that there will be no increased security measures at City Hall.

Oba is a Metro bus driver and failed candidate for Hamilton County commission.

Howard Beatty's arrest Wednesday isn't his first run-in with the law. Until Oba's shooting, Beatty's most notable encounter with law enforcement came in 1998 when prosecutors accused him of attempting to bribe a witness in Larry Flynt's obscenity case.

The witness, an underage boy, had claimed he bought pornographic materials at Flynt's Hustler store in Cincinnati. Prosecutors said Beatty offered the boy $50,000 to get him to change his story.

Beatty pleaded guilty to a bribery charge but denied Flynt asked him to make the offer.

Beatty is expected to appear at a bond hearing this morning on Wednesday's charge.
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