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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Scene Predicted Exactly What Would Happen to Misbehaving Police Officers

Posted By on Wed, Jun 12, 2013 at 3:12 PM


In case you missed the news yesterday, 12 Cleveland police supervisors (1 Captain, 1 Lieutenant and 10 sergeants) involved in the November 29 cross-town chase faced administrative charges for their actions.

According to City Hall, one officer was fired — Sergeant Michael Donegan— the lieutenant and the captain were both demoted, and eight sergeants were slapped with minor suspensions (all of them in between three and 30 days). The additional sergeant is still awaiting his discipline at the beefy hands of Marty Flask.

Though these punishments deal only with the pursuit itself, not the use of deadly force, we'd like to remind readers that we predicted that this would happen — almost exactly — in the February feature story, "Fault on All Fronts."

From that piece:

Amid (and because of) the turmoil, the ball has fallen on Mayor Frank Jackson's court, where it tends to listlessly roll. Next on his docket is the administrative audit that will be used to determine the scope and severity of punishments.

But an audit will not improve city safety. Here's what it'll be: a conflicted, protracted mess. It will result in bureaucratic fatigue and zero consequential outcomes. Likely, the department will tout a few meaningless suspensions (and a token termination?) But the audit's principal effect will be the continued anxiety and frustration of the force.

What we learned yesterday is that Michael Donegan is McGrath's sacrificial lamb.

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