CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) – New details on a disciplinary hearing for the two Cleveland police officers who misidentified the body of a slain woman on I-90 for that of a dead deer.
Officers Matt Prince and David Muniz faced possible disciplinary action for their failure to investigate or identify the remains of a homicide victim on the highway last month.
19 Action News has learned the officers punishment will be a 6-month suspension without pay. This, after both men nervously apologized before learning their punishment.
"We're very sorry for what happened," said Officer Muniz. "We made a mistake."
"I'm sorry," Officer Prince added.
There had been hard questions because the officers spent long hours in a cemetery before and after the call to investigate a possible body on I-90. The police union argued the cops were there doing paperwork and watching for thieves stealing from the cemetery.
The body of Angel Bradley-Crockett - a mother of three - was found naked, bloodied and beaten along I-90 on April 5th.
Stephon Davis and Latesha Santos are currently behind bars, charged with Bradley-Crockett's murder.