Frank Jackson: YOU'RE the 'Systemic Failure,' Mr. Attorney General

Mayor Frank Jackson - he of unending civic wisdom - shot back at Attorney General Mike DeWine's independent assessment of the Cleveland Police Department's deadly chase and shootout.

DeWine's office and the Bureau of Criminal Investigation released a report earlier this year that blames the event on a "systemic failure" of the entire department. Jackson didn't agree; he and Police Chief Michael McGrath this week punished several supervisors for lack of individual oversight and overall inaction. One sergeant got fired. It was what we in the biz call "weak sauce."

As Jackson tells the PD, however, DeWine's office is the "systemic failure." He blasted what he sees as an impediment to due process in DeWine's office's report. Here's a line from Jackson that does little more than obscure the point he thinks he's making:

"If those two victims were dogs, there would have been more attention paid to them, and they would have been given more consideration to due process,'' Jackson said. "The process can't be relied upon for fairness.''

And here's DeWine - again, via the PD's John Caniglia:

"The alternative was to let rumor and innuendo float around Cleveland for months and months,'' he said. "We had a moral obligation to do that. The public had a right to know.''

It's strange par for the course that Jackson and the gang are hammering their opinions on the matter via press conferences and interviews. Flipping the "systemic failure" bit back on DeWine's office is amateurish at best and a pure straw-man fallacy at worst.

...Meanwhile, there's also the criminal investigation into the shooting, headed up by Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy McGinty.

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Eric Sandy

Eric Sandy is an award-winning Cleveland-based journalist. For a while, he was the managing editor of Scene. He now contributes jam band features every now and then.
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