Thursday, December 19, 2013

More Bullshit from the Cleveland Heights Police

Posted By on Thu, Dec 19, 2013 at 5:48 PM

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The NEOMG reported this morning that the Cleveland Heights Police Department deliberately concealed the armed robbery of a high school student this week. Directly in the face of a reporter, Chief Brad Sudyk blacked out references to the crime with a black marker on the department's blotter.

The reporter later waited four hours to speak with police chief Jeffrey Robertson, but Robertson never emerged form his office. This isn't the first time Cleveland Heights Police has concealed crimes .

From the NEOMG story:

Cleveland Heights police have a history of concealing crimes from their taxpayers and others. A 2011 Plain Dealer investigation revealed Cleveland Heights police had labeled sex crimes as "departmental information" or "miscellaneous reports." The distinction allowed the city to report 26 sex crimes between 2008 and 2010. But the newspaper investigation revealed the city actually had 88 cases reported during that time.

They're also well rehearsed in the practice of ignoring and stonewalling media. Doug Brown outlines the elaborate lengths Robertson and Co. went to undermine the investigation of Christina Gaston's death, and later our reporting, in Scene's Cleveland Museum of Art story last month. Doug's section about the Cleveland Heights' Police stunning ineptitude, appears on page two.

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