Twelve Cleveland police supervisors, including a captain and a lieutenant, will face disciplinary hearings in the coming weeks, each charged with a slate of departmental policy violations stemming from the Nov. 29 high-speed chase that ended with a hail of gunfire and two dead suspects, reports the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Police Chief Michael McGrath said his office and the department’s Integrity Control Section have reviewed the supervisors’ actions that night and determined that they appear to have violated the department’s mission statement, standards of conduct, several rules on vehicle pursuits, and generally failed to keep the chase under control.
The department released a series of policies that apply to the chase. McGrath can issue penalties ranging from a written reprimand to a 10-day suspension. Safety Director Martin Flask, who handles more severe penalties, can order termination. The announcement builds upon findings last week of an internal investigation into the chase, which concluded that more than a third of all Cleveland police patrol officers on duty that night appear to have defied orders or abandoned their respective districts to join the deadly pursuit, at speeds reaching 125 mph.