Critics: After Fatal Shootout, Cleveland Needs Better Pursuit Training


It has been more than six months since 60 Cleveland patrol cars were involved in a chase and fatal shootout, and critics say the police department has not done enough to make sure that it won't happen again, reports the Cleveland Plain Dealer. The day after 11 Cleveland police supervisors were disciplined for their roles in the deadly pursuit Nov. 29, officials said they have begun focusing on training in police chases as part of officers in-service work.

As for other issues, such as officers using cell phones instead of radios, the city says policies have been in place and it is up to officers to abide by them. “This department is poorly trained, if it is trained at all,” said Patrick D'Angelo, the attorney for the Cleveland Police Patrolmen's Association. “Police chases are a complicated issue that require comprehensive training for police officers to do their jobs. [ ] The city has the time to do it, and if it doesn't, it should find the time.”

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