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Cleveland Officers Sue City Saying Non-Black Officers Treated More Harshly for Shooting Black Suspects

December 02, 2014  | 

Officers involved in a 2012 vehicle pursuit and shooting in Cleveland are suing the city and police officials, alleging racial discrimination.

They claim the defendants have a pattern of treating non-African American officers harsher than African American officers, when it comes to officer-involved shootings of African Americans. The plaintiffs in the federal suit are not African American, CNN reports.

The 2012 incident cited in the suit began when officers saw a car speeding and heard what they thought was a gunshot directed towards them. It involved a nearly 25-minute chase and ended in a hail of 137 bullets, killing two people. Both were African American. No weapon was ever found in the car.

"The City of Cleveland, through the other named defendants, and the other named defendants in their individual capacities, have a history of treating non-African American officers involved in the shootings of African Americans substantially harsher than African American officers," reads the lawsuit, filed Friday in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio.

It continues: "A serious dichotomy exists as a result of the defendants' longstanding practices and procedures which place onerous burdens on non-African American officers, including the plaintiffs, because of their race and the race of persons who are the subjects of the legitimate use of deadly force."

The plaintiffs are seeking an unspecified amount of damages.

Comments (9)

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GI Joe @ 12/2/2014 12:44 PM

Pretty sad how weak police supervision n chiefs get scared when ghetto blk criminals always complain using the fake race card. Seen things like this before. Now this shooting 137 rounds shot and no weapons found? All I can say is wow. I don't have all the facts and info on this shoot but love to read this one. Where were the sups, shooting to. Lol

kevCopAz @ 12/2/2014 3:51 PM

I must agree with GI Joe,, 137 rounds? wow

CalCopRetired :-) @ 12/2/2014 4:09 PM

For the officers sake, I hope it was a big, big get away vehicle and they ran over, or tried to run officers over! 137 is a crazy count. Yep, sounds like a good read.

Capt. Crunch @ 12/2/2014 4:27 PM

One shot or 137 shots what difference does it make if the suspect has to be stopped. After this I would think the officers should spend more time at the range.

DEADMAN @ 12/3/2014 1:54 AM

The State of Ohio's Attorney General ruled the incident was caused by a systemic break down in training,supervision and command,the mayor dismissed his findings and promoted the Safety director to Administrative Assistant,( That's 3 Assistants the mayor has at $140,000.00 a year) and promoted the Chief to Safety Director.Since this mayor took over and those two in place ,(police chief and safety director),there has been a complete break down in morale because there has been no direction,very little training the department is short about 175 officers,the crime rate is up and the mayor spends money on projects to supply his campaign contributors with work for their companies and the roads don't get fixed,the school system sucks.He pays off complaints from minorities like the money fell off a tree,minorities only and they keep voting for this pos that fills his coffers up for retirement and the FBI looks the other way.

XXXXX @ 12/3/2014 5:54 AM

@Osie If you think that we, the police, or as you refer to us as "coward ass dick suckers" are somehow intimidated by your comments you're wrong. We deal with people like you everyday. It's pretty much normal business. So besides making yourself look like a fool, you have accomplished nothing. See you around my friend.

mike @ 12/3/2014 6:38 AM

Police magazine look at your rules below the comment section and explain to me why you even allowed Osie to submit his comments. they include personal attacks and obviously antisocial behavior. You need to police your comment section!

editor @ 12/3/2014 6:48 AM


When we catch these guys, we try to ban them. The most effective weapon we have against them is when readers like you alert us to their comments.



sherry @ 12/7/2014 7:45 PM

That is way too many bullets. Over kill.

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