Cleveland Police hires officer involved in prior shooting - Cleveland 19 News Cleveland, OH

Cleveland Police hires officer involved in prior shooting

Cleveland Police cadet Brandon Smith will graduate Monday, even though he lost a previous job for use of force. (Source: WOIO) Cleveland Police cadet Brandon Smith will graduate Monday, even though he lost a previous job for use of force. (Source: WOIO)
We've learned a Cleveland Police cadet will graduate Monday to hit your streets, even though he lost an earlier job for use of force.
 
Brandon Smith is getting hired even as the Cleveland Police Department is under federal watch for excessive force.
 
Back in 2012, Smith worked for East Cleveland. He and another officer shot up a car during a traffic stop. They said the driver had backed into their car.
 
Cleveland City Hall points out Smith was never hit with criminal charges for it. Cleveland's Department of Public Safety had been under the impression Smith was fully cleared. However, the East Cleveland mayor has told us he let Smith resign instead of getting fired.
 
Cleveland also learned of a lawsuit over the incident from a 19 Action News report. Records show Cleveland nearly fired Smith while he was in the training academy for not revealing the suit. But then the city didn't punish him at all.
 
Assistant Safety Director Tim Hennessey told us, "He'll be supervised closely during the six-month probationary period, as will all our new recruits."


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