Union: Cleveland Officers Will Appeal Discipline

Twelve Cleveland police officers says they will appeal disciplinary actions ranging from dismissal to suspension for their roles in last November's deadly chase through the city.(Photo: .)
Twelve Cleveland police officers says they will appeal disciplinary actions ranging from dismissal to suspension for their roles in last November's deadly chase through the city.(Photo: .)

Appeals are planned by 12 Cleveland police supervisors disciplined for their roles in the chase in which officers fired 137 shots, killing a fleeing driver and his passenger.

A sergeant was fired Tuesday, a captain and lieutenant were demoted and nine sergeants were suspended for up to 30 days.

Supervisory officer union president Brian Betley calls the discipline heavy-handed and the dismissal extreme.

Police don’t know why the driver refused to stop. Some officers thought the car’s occupants were armed, but no weapon or shell casings were found.

Attorney Paul Cristallo represents the driver’s family and says they were fleeing for their lives. He says it’s naive to think stopping would have guaranteed a good outcome.

Union leaders say police were justified in firing on the fleeing car because the driver tried to ram officers.

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