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.

Greater Akron Chamber

Hennes Paynter Communications

Metro RTA


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's mayor blasts Ohio's AG for police-chase report
Mayor Jackson says Attorney General DeWine harmed due process; DeWine sayd he gave a balance appraisal of what went wrong.
by WKSU's KEVIN NIEDERMIER


Reporter
Kevin Niedermier
 
Mayor Frank Jackson went on the offensive today about the AG's criticism of his department.
Courtesy of Kevin Niedermier, file photo
Download (WKSU Only)
In The Region:

Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson is accusing Ohio’s attorney general of tainting the criminal investigation into last November’s massive police chase and shooting that left two people dead. The criticism focuses on how the attorney general handled a report he released four months ago that found big failures in Cleveland's department.

Click to listen

Other options:
Windows Media / MP3 Download (1:59)


Attorney General Mike DeWine’s February report on the police pursuit said it was a “systemic failure” of the Cleveland Police Department. The report put most of the blame on supervisors for letting the situation spiral out of control into a nearly half-hour chase involving more than 100 officers. The chase ended with police firing nearly 140 bullets that killed Malissa Williams and Timothy Russell.

Mayor Jackson contends that making the report public before the legal process is complete makes it hard for Cuyahoga County’s prosecutor to press charges if necessary against the 13 officers who fired the shots.

'We were very careful'
The prosecutor’s office is not commenting. DeWine says he released the report to keep rumors from developing in the community about the incident. And, he says the report should not impact the prosecutor’s job.

“My job was not to determine whether or not anyone was guilty of a crime; that’s up to the prosecuting attorney. So we were very careful not to reach the ultimate conclusion. I guess I really don’t understand the mayor’s comments. My job was to report the facts as we saw them.”

 Jackson made his comments during an interview he set up with reporters from the Call and Post newspaper and Cleveland television stations WKYC, WOIO, and WJW. The mayor’s spokesperson says those reporters are ones the mayor has had extensive discussions with over the last few months about the attorney general’s report.

This week, the city concluded an internal disciplinary review of police supervisors involved in the chase. One was fired, two were demoted and nine others were suspended. A disciplinary review is now underway for the 104 patrol officers involved.

(Click image for larger view.)


Related WKSU Stories

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

Discipline in Cleveland deadly police chase includes firing, demotions
Tuesday, June 11, 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

The Black Keys guitar tech's moment in the spotlight
Nice job, Vivian. It's always nice to hear about the unsung heroes getting their due! Thank you, Chuck Johnston (Full disclosure - I'm a friend of the Carney fa...

Akron's Tuba Christmas: A resounding blast of holiday spirit
Nice piece, Vivian! Looking forward to hearing you move from flute to tuba on Saturday. Love hearing your interviews and this seemed extra special since I kno...

Cleveland Hugo Boss workers are fighting for their jobs again
Bro. Ginard; I support your effert to keep your jobs, I understand all about concesions, I was a Union offical from 1965 until 1991 and the company th...

Asian Carp control could benefit from bill passed by House, heading to the Senate
help me fight the battle against invasive carp by method of harvest

Ohio's Portman supports lifting limits on party political money
If Portman was legitimately concerned about outside groups influence on elections he would have supported the DISCLOSE act. Instead he helped block it being bro...

Study shows trade with China has cost more than 3 million U.S. jobs
I disagree with James Dorn! If we don't change the playing field and make it a fair competition the whole US industry will be weaker and weaker. Eventually all ...

Video of Cleveland police shooting a 12-year-old is critical to the investigation
While I think this is a very unfortunate, the fact is that police are trained to aim for the large mass of a human to stop them. If they aimed for the leg it w...

Wayne County teacher says he was fired for criticizing dairy
This is bull crap Smithville Schools have changed ever since the new school I'm so ashamed at the district I wish I could pick my house up and move it to anothe...

White Castle is closing its five Northeast Ohio restaurants
you should open a white castle in logan ohio.i'm pretty sure you disappointed,thank you...

Copyright © 2014 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