Cleveland Police Review of November 29th Police Pursuit Continues

CLEVELAND – Progress is being made in the ongoing administrative review of the police pursuit that occurred on November 29, 2012 ending in the loss of two lives. Under Chief Michael McGrath’s leadership, a committee has been reviewing records and interviewing police officers, supervisors, and other police personnel to determine if the pursuit followed policy and procedures and whether any administrative charges are warranted.

Today, the City reported that at least 63 Cleveland Police cars were involved in the pursuit, or had some role in the pursuit. Fifty of those police cars had automated vehicle locators (AVLs). The number of Cleveland Police personnel who will be interviewed regarding the pursuit now totals 115, as compared to a minimum of 26 officers identified in the hours after the incident. That number could change based on the ongoing investigation.

The City originally projected that its review would be complete by the end of January 2013. However, given the amount of evidence, the significant increase in the number of individuals to be interviewed and the ongoing investigation by the State Bureau of Criminal Investigation, the City’s review will continue. It is difficult to determine at this time when the Cleveland Police administrative review will be completed. Regular updates will be provided as the investigation moves forward and new information is available.
With this review, Mayor Frank Jackson’s goal is to provide the facts of what happened during the pursuit to the community and then work with the community as a whole to rebuild trust between residents and the police.
Summary of Administrative Review to Date:

The audio recordings from the Communications Control Section for all channels during the time of the pursuit have been listened to and transcribed. These communications have been tracked back to individual radios to match with the correct personnel.

Video recordings from several sources, including 205 St. Clair, RTA, the Cleveland Clinic, CPD dash cam, Convenient Store, Social Security Administrative Offices, Bratenahl Police dash cam and ODOT.

The automated vehicle locator (AVL) data for 94 cars in service during the time of the pursuit have been reviewed to confirm the locations of the vehicles and whether or not they were involved in the pursuit.

Duty reports for all 63 cars involved – whether in active pursuit, blocking intersections, or any other involvement – have been reviewed.

To date, supervisors from the 1st, 4th, and 5th Districts have been interviewed and the review is poised to move on to the 2nd and 3rd district supervisors, pending approval from BCI.

Formalization of general questions for both supervisors and for patrol officers has been completed.

Members of the review committee drove the pursuit route to view vehicular and pedestrian traffic, road conditions, lighting, and other conditions at the time of pursuit.

The Committee has reviewed General Police Orders on Pursuit Policy, Emergency Response Driving, Road Spikes, and Duty Reports.