Cleveland Police hires officer involved in prior shooting

Cleveland Police hires officer involved in prior shooting

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

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.

points out Smith was never hit with criminal charges for it.

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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