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Discipline in Cleveland deadly police chase includes firing, demotions
A dozen supervisors are the first disciplined; all are expected to appeal

Kevin Niedermier
Cleveland Police Chief Michael McGrath announces disciplinary actions against 12 supervisors involved in last November's deadly police chase.
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Last November' high-speed Cleveland police chase that left two people dead has resulted in a firing, demotions and several suspensions. Today city safety officials announced results of disciplinary hearings for police supervisors who they say neglected their duties during the massive pursuit.

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Twelve of the 42 police supervisors on duty during the chase have been disciplined for their actions. Police Chief Michael McGrath says a disciplinary review has resulted in one supervisor being fired, a captain demoted to lieutenant, a lieutenant demoted to sergeant, and nine sergeants being suspended for one to 30 days.

The fired supervisor was Sgt. Michael Donegan. McGrath says Donegan was involved in the chase, but pulled his car over and parked it. And even though he had direct knowledge of what was happening, he stopped giving any guidance to his officers.

“In our rules and regulations we’re very specific, especially for our front line supervisors on the street. They are to engage their troops to ensure the safety of their patrol officers and the community we serve.”

The Cleveland Fraternal Order of Police says all the officers will file grievances with the National Labor Relations Board.

In mid-July, McGrath will begin disciplinary hearings for the 104 officers involved in the chase. Possible criminal cases against officers involved shooting Timothy Russell and Malinda Williams at the end of the chase are being handling by the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor.                                                                                                                   


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