CLE police commander reassigned to captain after disagreement over deadly chase disciplines

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CLEVELAND, Ohio — The Fox 8 I-Team has obtained an internal memo showing a popular Cleveland police commander has been reassigned as captain following the discipline handed out last week of officers involved in the 2012 deadly chase and shooting.

Since last week, the department has been buzzing with rumblings Commander James Chura wanted to go back to captain since he didn’t agree with how the internal investigation into the shooting played out.

Six officers were fired, and six were suspended.

Reached by phone Monday morning, Chura told the I-Team he had “differences of opinion over some of the discipline.” He added, “There had to be discipline, but there were differences of opinion.”

Chura caused a stir in the ranks last Tuesday when he showed up at a news conference wearing his captain’s clothing.

That had been seen as a sign of protest since he had served as commander and led the Critical Incident Review Committee, which did the internal investigation into the chase and shooting.

Chura is now captain over the detective units handling sex crimes, child abuse and domestic violence. Officers are seeing the reassignment in a memo dated Friday.

Chura said he couldn’t comment in any detail since he will be involved in arbitration hearings for officers disciplined after the chase.

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