A prominent Cleveland businessman and former school board member and his wife spent 20 hours in jail in a case of mistaken identity for which they have received no apology from authorities, says the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Charles and Patricia Geiger say Cleveland police conducted little to no investigation before arresting them at their home on charges of striking an off-duty police sergeant directing traffic outside a parking garage. .
They say the phalanx of officers that descended upon them refused to investigate their explanations before hauling them to jail. Police have all but admitted they had the wrong guy. Prosecutors filed a motion dismiss felonious assault and other charges against Geiger on a police investigator’s recommendation more than two weeks after the arrest. Police have declined to comment on the misidentification. The Geigers wonder what happens to people wrongly accused of crimes — and unlike them don’t have the support system or resources to clear their name.