Cleveland police union deducting money from paychecks for fired officers: I-Team

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More than 60 police cars were involved in the 2012 police chase and shooting that resulted in the deaths of Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams.

CLEVELAND– The Cleveland Police Patrolmen’s Association voted to have money deducted from each paycheck to help the six officers fired for their roles in a deadly 2012 police chase, the FOX 8 I-Team learned on Monday.

The officer’s union confirms sworn officers will have $20 deducted per pay, and other members will have $15 withdrawn.

Last month, the Cleveland Division of Police announced six officers were terminated and six more were disciplined for the lengthy chase that ended with the shooting deaths of two suspects. That includes Michael Brelo who was acquitted on manslaughter charges last spring.

Each of the six fired officers will then get $2,500 per month from the union. Meanwhile, $10,300 per month will go into what’s being called a “Wrongful Termination Account.” In a memo to members, the union describes it as a fund for future cases.

The deductions will continue at least until the union revisits the issue in December.

“The account will allow us to help take care of our members who were fired without just cause as well as their families,” union president Steve Loomis told FOX 8. “The children of these officers will not be made to suffer due to the weak kneed and politically-motivated decisions made by (safety director Michael) McGrath and the city.  There will be NO cancelled dance classes or empty cupboards.”

The union said it believes none of the officers in the 2012 incident should have been fired. The union is appealing.

Continuing coverage of the police chase here