News
News Home
Quick Bites
Exploradio
News Archive
News Channel
Special Features
NPR
nowplaying
On AirNewsClassical
Loading...
  
School Closings
WKSU Support
Funding for WKSU is made possible in part through support from the following businesses and organizations.

Akron General

Levin Furniture

The Holden Arboretum


For more information on how your company or organization can support WKSU, download the WKSU Media Kit.

(WKSU Media Kit PDF icon )


Donate Your Vehicle to WKSU

Programs Schedule Make A Pledge Member BenefitsFAQ/HelpContact Us
Courts and Crime


Cleveland fires one police supervisor, demotes two and suspends others
FOP says the discipline is disproportional and will be appealed
by WKSU's M.L. SCHULTZE


Web Editor
M.L. Schultze
 
Police Chief Michael McGrath says supervisors are responsible for their direct reports.
Courtesy of CITY OF CLEVELAND
Download (WKSU Only)
In The Region:

One captain is now a lieutenant. A lieutenant is now a sergeant. And a sergeant is out of a job. Those are among the disciplinary actions the city of Cleveland announced today against a dozen supervisors involved in last November’s massive police chase and shooting, which left two people dead. And, as WKSU’s  M.L. Schultze reports, all of that discipline is heading for an appeal.

LISTEN: Supervisor discipline unfolds

Other options:
Windows Media / MP3 Download (2:01)


Nearly 120 police officers were involved in the chase last Nov. 29 that began in downtown Cleveland and ended some 20 minutes later in a school yard in East Cleveland. But the disciplinary hearings began with just a dozen of them – all supervisors.

Cleveland Safety Director Martin Flask says supervisors are held to a higher standard,  to protect their officers and the community. And, he says, the behavior of one of the supervisors, Sgt. Michael Donegan was “so egregious” that he deserved to be fired.

 “The officer that’s being terminated failed in his primary mission to ensure that he provided accountability and engagement with the officers under his direct command. He disengaged himself from the pursuit, disengaged himself from the supervision of the officers under his direct supervision knowing full well that they were engaged  in a high speed pursuit throughout the neighborhoods of the city of Cleveland.”

Disciplined Cleveland police officers
Fired
:
St. Michael Donegan

Demoted:
Capt. Ulrich Zouhar
Lt. Paul Wilson

Suspended:
Sgt. Mathew Putnam
Sgt. Patricia Coleman
Sgt. Randolph Daley
Sgt. Jason Edens
Sgt. Brian Chetnick
Sgt. Brian Lockwood
Sgt. Mark Bickerstaff
Sgt. Matthew Gallagher
Sgt. Richard Martinez

Public pressure at play?
But the union representing the supervisors says the discipline is disproportional – with officers held accountable for actions they did not take, rather than actions they did.  Lt. Brian Betley of the Fraternal Order of Police says the firing, two demotions and nine suspensions of 1 to 30 days will all be appealed to an arbitrator. And he says the city caved to public pressure.

“It became such a large instance with the media and the public outcry and so forth. I think that overtook and played a part in some of these decisions and and some of these penalties. There are some charges here that other officers have received in the past and it didn’t include termination or such heavy handed suspension days.”

Betley noted that Donegan has never been up on disciplinary charges before.

The city will next review the actions of the more than 100 patrol officers also involved in the chase, and expects to hold disciplinary hearings in mid-July.

The chase ended with police officers firing nearly 140 bullets and killing Timothy Russell and Malinda Williams, who were unarmed. That part of the incident will not be reviewed until after the Cuyahoga County prosecutor’s office has decided if criminal charges are warranted.


Related WKSU Stories

State shooting investigation says Cleveland's police failure was 'systemic'
Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Add Your Comment
Name:

Location:

E-mail: (not published, only used to contact you about your comment)


Comments:




 
Page Options

Print this page

E-Mail this page / Send mp3

Share on Facebook




Stories with Recent Comments

Ohio to appeal ruling keeping Akron's red light cameras in place
I don't understand what all the fuss is about. If you don't like tickets drive the speed limit and stop at red lights. It's really all up to you.

Who's on public assistance in Ohio?
legalize marijuana get over it,,, its here its been the main drug test scare of a lifetime. u got people that get drunk every night and work u got peoples on ...

Letters from a lost friend: A Beachwood survivor's Holocaust remembrance
What a great story -- and how important it was for both Marlene and her mother to tell it! Thank you.

Ohio lawmaker calls for an East Cleveland bailout
Instead of blaming Kasich and the Republicans for all of East Cleveland's fiscal woes, take a look at the facts. Some political entities in Ohio are too small ...

Legalized marijuana is a boon for a Cleveland-area grow light maker
Shouldn't he be in jail for paraphernalia? He knows he is selling for marijuana production.

Akron city council to vote on resolution for hiring ex-offenders
Great as a taxpayer I paid for the police to catch them, the free lawyer, the jail to house them , the food their kids eat the medical for them and all its goin...

5 of 8 rule headed for a vote
this is just another way for kasich to pass the buck and claim that it gives the local districts control. Few schools have enough money because of his cuts. T...

A passionate debate about parole in Ohio
I was heartened to hear that the legislators will consider ANY legislation to break the chains the parole board has put on these old law offenders who have serv...

Bill would allow Ohio religious leaders to refuse to do gay marriages
This is just a lot of political posturing. The free exercise clause of the 1st Amendment already protects clergy from being forced by civil authorities to perfo...

Copyright © 2015 WKSU Public Radio, All Rights Reserved.

 
In Partnership With:

NPR PRI Kent State University

listen in windows media format listen in realplayer format Car Talk Hosts: Tom & Ray Magliozzi Fresh Air Host: Terry Gross A Service of Kent State University 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. NPR Senior Correspondent: Noah Adams Living on Earth Host: Steve Curwood 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. A Service of Kent State University