Source: The Young Turks
Cleveland Police Chief Michael McGrath announced the results of disciplinary hearings for patrol officers involved in the Nov. 29, 2012 deadly chase.
A review concerning the officers who took part in the shooting itself will not be complete until the criminal investigation by the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's office is over.McGrath said 277 officers were working that night and of those, 104 officers were involved with the pursuit in some capacity including blocking intersections or trying to catch up with the pursuit.Of the 104 officers, 75 broke rules and 63 were suspended for speeding and failing to get permission to join the pursuit.Four officers were given ten day suspensions, the rest were suspended between one and six days.The police union plans to fight the suspensions during arbitration hearings. Jeffrey Follmer from the Cleveland Police Patrolman's Association said the union has an 80 per cent success rate in having suspensions dismissed.
Source: News Channel 5
It's rare to see any action taken against officers, even in cases as extreme as this, so it's reassuring to see it being dealt with seriously. However, it's concerning that unions manage to overturn 80% of suspensions. Unions serve a vital role in protecting worker rights but at the moments unions are preventing police officers from being held accountable, which is completely unacceptable. It means that these officers are likely to get away with what was clearly an excessive use of force and inappropriate use of police resources.