Cleveland Division of Police Requests FBI Review


Mayor Justin M. Bibb, Chief Director of the Department of Public Safety Karrie D. Howard and Interim Police Chief Wayne Drummond announce that the City of Cleveland, Department of Public Safety, Division of Police has requested the assistance of the Cleveland Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation after an internal investigation revealed possible patterns of inappropriate conduct by members of the Cleveland Division of Police. The Cleveland Division of Police Internal Affairs Unit conducted an internal review of departmental reports, information, body worn camera footage and data and opened an investigation after that review indicated potential patterns of police use of force incidents, involving several detectives in the Division. The actions of the detectives’ direct supervisor at the time of the alleged incidents are also under review.  The Federal Bureau of Investigation is currently reviewing information provided by Cleveland Police.

In an effort of full transparency, information will be released when appropriate while maintaining the integrity of this review and any possible proceedings. The officers who are the subjects of this review were assigned to an investigative unit and have been reassigned to administrative duty positions with no contact with the public during this time. 

“The City of Cleveland takes matters of alleged police misconduct seriously and expects officers to conduct their duties constitutionally and in accordance with the laws. The City of Cleveland, Division of Police will cooperate fully with the Federal Bureau of Investigation,” said Interim Chief Drummond.

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