CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - The Cleveland branch of NAACP wants police union president Steve Loomis to step down from the Cleveland Community Police Commission.
The recently-formed commission is made up up of ten civilian representatives and one representative each from the Cleveland Police Patrolmen's Association, the Fraternal Order of Police and the Black Shield.
The letter claims Loomis has a "conflict of interest" at best and cites comments the police union president made during a news conference after officers were disciplined for a deadly chase.
"However, your comments of late regarding the conduct of officers involved in the out of control, unauthorized, 2012 police chase which resulted in the deaths of an unarmed couple, are both reprehensible and at odds with your oath as a member of the Cleveland Community Police Commission. Plainly stated Steve, you cannot advocate for police reform, and at the same time defend," the NAACP letter reads.
Six Cleveland police officers were fired, six others suspended and one retired as punishment for the deadly 2012 chase and shooting that left Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams dead.
Loomis vowed to fight the discipline and promised to get the officers' back their jobs.
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