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Another worker fired from Cleveland police gets job back

A 19 Action News investigation has found, an arbitrator has ruled yet again, a person fired from the Cleveland Police Department will be rehired. Cleveland City Hall can't tell us how often this happens.

Friday, an arbitrator ruled Dispatcher Charlie McGeever should get his job back. He'd been fired over the handling of a call and a heated dispute with a supervisor.

On Thursday, an arbitrator ruled sergeant Michael Donegan gets his job back. He'd been fired for his role in a chase that turned deadly in 2012.

And just months ago, an arbitrator ruled Detective Vincent Lucarelli should get his job back after he'd been fired. 19 Action News reporter Carl Monday revealed he'd been texting and pursuing women he met in cases.

Officers say time and again they appeal punishment and they beat the city in arbitration because the city's discipline is inconsistent.

How often does it happen? Last October, we requested a breakdown from Cleveland City Hall. We'd been told our request was under review from the law department. Now, the city says it doesn't track rulings in "wins and losses" the way we requested.

In the firings overturned this week, arbitrators ruled the punishment was too harsh in light of other factors in the cases.

You can read both of the latest arbitrator rulings posted on this website.

And we plan to refile our request with different wording to find out how often this happens.

To read the entire report, click here.

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