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Cleveland Police Union Says Federal Reforms Endanger Officers

May 29, 2015  | 

Photo: Cleveland Division of Police Website
Photo: Cleveland Division of Police Website

The head of the Cleveland police department's patrol union said aspects of the agreement that mandates sweeping reforms to the city's police department could put officers in danger.

Officers could be hesitant to draw their guns because doing so would result in more paperwork under the terms of the agreement, Cleveland Police Patrolman's Association president Steve Loomis said Wednesday. The agreement requires an officer to complete a report each time he or she points a gun at a suspect.

"It's going to get somebody killed," Loomis told Cleveland.com. "There's going to be a time when someone isn't going to want to do that paperwork, so he's going to keep that gun in its holster."

Cleveland and the U.S. Department of Justice unveiled the agreement, known as a consent decree, Tuesday.


Comments (9)

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kevCopAz @ 5/30/2015 11:06 AM

Question: do all FEDERAL Law Enforcement write a report when they draw a weapon? Doubt it, where is the DOJ demanding that?? I would like to see just one of the DOJ or even Federal LEOs do real police work on the street and handle what we handle day in and day out, not having all the Federal $ and manpower to wait and investigate till you are blue in the face with an USA right at your side and then make arrests. The Feds rarely have to make ANY snap decisions in the spur of the moment. Certainly not the DOJ clowns! Real local LEOs do so each and every day. Where do they get off telling us how to do our jobs? F em! The Cleveland PD should take a lesson from Baltimore and NYC & Chicago to a lesser degree and STOP ALL aggressive on view police work Let the "citizens suffer the consequences, they vote for these people, they demonstrate against Police, now let them live with the result. We can ride around, act friendly and take the report once the crime takes place, just like FEDS do

Stephen @ 5/30/2015 12:55 PM

Where is the DOJ investigation of the people who have zero respect for LEO's and will not hesitate to shoot an officer?

crispianranger @ 5/31/2015 6:28 PM

Afraid of paperwork? Being a cop, unfortunately, is all about paperwork!! In my Police Force we had paperwork even if only we drew our fire-arms, never mind got a chance to point them at someone...

Tone @ 5/31/2015 11:04 PM

So let me get this right! The Federal Reforms will place the LE in danger, so as a result rather than complete the paperwork, keep your gun in your holster? Now if I'm in a situation where my life needs protecting from the bad guy, I'd feel out a 100 page thesus if it would spare my life.. There will be times the officer will have no choice but to draw his/her weapon & God forbid if one should not do so at the expense of paperwork. Get serious. Not everyone is happy about the Federal Reforms, I get that! But at the end of the day if I can do my police job while saving my life then hand me the tree and i'll make my own paper to file my report. Paperwork is tedious, but not more patrolling dangerous streets. When drawing our weapons, let's make sure it's for the right reasons...

Charles Doan @ 6/1/2015 5:33 AM

Consent decress are NEVER good. Nobody but the Federal Government benefits. They are extremely expensive, put people (officers & civilians) at risk and do not accomplish anything benificial. I hope that Cleveland's union wins out and they throw the blood sucking "Federallies" out of Cleveland. Where is Sherrod Brown at?

Tom @ 6/1/2015 6:43 AM

Paperwork, really ? In my 38 years in law enforcement, any time a gun was drawn, there damn well better be a report to document why. Any time the use of deadly force is on the table, there should be a clear explanation. If a police officer doesn't want to do a report under these circimstances, then they should find another line of work. I have always expected a brief explanation for drawing or pointing a weapon at anyone. First as a firearms instructor, and later as a sergeant, and now police chief.

However, after saying this, I would just like to point out that there is going to be a backlash for good cops doing their job and catching all of the grief we are seeeing. It isn't the paper work that scares them, it is the lack of support from their communities, administrations, and our DOJ. We will lose good people to other professions, if this attitude does not change soon.

Buckwheat @ 6/1/2015 8:09 AM

Well, let me clear the air...Some Federal Law Enforcement OFCs have to complete paperwork every time the weapon leaves the holster (Veteran Affairs Police) others may not (Not sure about others). Secondly, the DOJ is going to investigate what the Head of DOJ and President say nothing more. I feel bad for the Cleveland Police, I really do...I pray for those OFCs on the streets.

Fed Cop @ 6/1/2015 8:31 AM

The question is, do federal police have to do a report when they draw their weapon? With my agency, "Yes". EVERY TIME we break leather, we have to write a report, and requires a Chief's review. Be it a armed subject, a building clearing, furtive movement in a car at night, etc., it requires a report and Chief review. Guess what? To avoid having to do the report, and have to justify the draw to the Chief, the officers are now choosing to keep it "snapped".

Tom Ret @ 6/1/2015 3:50 PM

There is a time and place for paperwork in law enforcement. Some of it is necessary and a lot of it is just another burden on officers' time which ultimately cuts down on efficiency and getting the bad guys off the street. Some administrators want a report each and every time an officer draws his gun irrespective of the circumstances. If the officer actually points a weapon at someone then he should by all means document it. Having to make out a report after drawing while doing a building search is ridiculous especially if no one is around. This overreaction by controlling administrators may get someone killed when the officer is hesitant to draw his weapon when he should in an attempt to cut down on unnecessary paperwork. Only bean counters back in the office think up stupid rules like these.

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