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63 Cleveland Officers Suspended for Deadly Pursuit

October 15, 2013  | 

Photo courtesy of Ohio Attorney General.
Photo courtesy of Ohio Attorney General.
More than 60 Cleveland police officers received suspensions for improperly joining a deadly November chase that left two unarmed suspects dead in a hail of police gunfire, Chief Michael McGrath announced Tuesday.

The chief announced suspensions of no more than 10 days each for 63 of the more than 100 Cleveland Division of Police officers who participated in the Nov. 29 chase of Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams. These officers are not among the 13 who fired 137 rounds at Russell and Williams near an East Cleveland middle school.

The 178 suspension days will be distributed among the 63 officers. Chief McGrath told the Plain Dealer that officers under a stressful situation must "follow your rules and procedures" to avoid "some type of chaos or problems."

The suspensions come as the second phase of disciplinary measures stemming from the pursuit. In June, 12 supervisors were disciplined, including one sergeant who was fired.

The department will next focus on the 13 officers who fired rounds at the suspects and their 1979 Chevrolet Malibu SS.


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Lenny @ 10/15/2013 5:02 PM

"63 Cleveland Officers Suspended for Deadly Pursuit"


DEADMAN @ 10/15/2013 5:10 PM

They have no intention on focusing their attention on upper eschelon supervisors and have completely absolved the chief and the safety director of any misdeeds as those two clowns can do no wrong.Also,the mayor is without sin.The three,formerly known as larry,curly and moe,were occupied that night at the comedy club doing stand-up,attendance was poor.
The State of Ohios Attorney General already did a concise investigation and ruled the situation as a complete and systemic breakdown in supervision and training that pretty much falls on the backs of the safety director and the chief.
Since this mayor took over,there have been quite a few systemic breakdowns in supervision,training,effort,didipline and accountibility and this should all be laid at the feet of the top three comedians that pose as city officials,the 63 facing disipline now are just scapegoats to poor leadership from above
Stay Safe Blue,in spite of the chief,safety director and mayor.

Chuck McKenzie @ 10/15/2013 7:28 PM

I know nothing about Cleveland, but I have lived the scenario Deadman depicts.
Those in power are seldom held accountable for their lack of leadership, such as failing to provide adequate training and supervision. Even though Missouri requires 40 hours of training every three years, my chief saw no reason to send us for classes; it would just mean paying us for not working.

CT LEO RET @ 10/16/2013 12:39 PM

Negligent hiring, negligent retention, negligent promotion.

Ima Leprechaun @ 10/16/2013 2:33 PM

Saddly Cleveland P.D. is riddled with corruption and really bad Police Officers. They do things grossly illegal and immoral on a daily basis and mostly they never get caught. The Department needs a great house cleaning that it is never going to get. From the illegal arrests I have seen personally that number in the hundreds every week they are way out of control. Their basic training is supurb but once in the Cleveland system they are mislead and poorly supervised. It's sad but unfortunatley they have a 150 year history of this behavior. They make the rest of us look really bad. I know some great Officers there but the machine just buries them. I wish they could change but I honestly cannot see that happening in the forseeable future.

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