Four Cleveland officers involved in deadly police chase win battles over discipline


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CLEVELAND – The Fox 8 I-Team has learned four more Cleveland Police supervisors have had an arbitrator overturn their discipline for the 2012 deadly police chase that ended with police killing two people.

FOP President Brian Betley says Sergeants Patricia Coleman, Randy Dailey, Matt Putnam and Brian Chetnik all won their arbitration cases over suspensions they received after the chase. The punishments ranged from 10 to 30 days.

Generally, in cases like this the officers get back pay.

Betley told the I-TEAM, “While the FOP is pleased with the decision, we do not wish to make any further comment.”

Earlier, an arbitrator also ruled the only officer fired after the chase should be rehired. The city is fighting in court to keep him off the job.

Two of the supervisors who just won this arbitration case are facing criminal charges of dereliction of duty. A trial date has not been set.

This ruling comes just one week after officer Michael Brelo was cleared of manslaughter charges for his role in the deadly chase and shooting that killed Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams.

A City Hall spokesman was unaware of the latest ruling. However, in recent months Mayor Frank Jackson has complained about arbitrators ruling in favor of police officers.

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