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Fired Cleveland police officers will keep their pensions
State law only revokes pensions for some felonies
by WKSU's KEVIN NIEDERMIER


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The 6 Cleveland police officers fire for roles in the 2012 mass shooting will keep their pensions.
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Under state law, the Cleveland police officers fired this week for their roles in 2012’s deadly chase and shooting can keep their pensions. WKSU’s Kevin Niedermier reports.

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The six fired officers were among 13 who shot 137 bullets into the suspect’s car following the pursuit. City officials say they violated department policies during the chaotic volley of gunfire. Cleveland State University law professor Kenneth Kowalski says Ohio’s law covering pension forfeiture only applies to certain felonies.

“It’s limited to offenses like bribery, corrupt activity, theft in office. So it’s really aimed at offenses against the public, people using their positions of authority to enrich themselves at taxpayer’s expense.”

The police union representing the fired officers has vowed to get their jobs back and to overturn the suspensions of six others disciplined by the city for their roles in the shooting.

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