Cleveland police recruit and 2 officers face felonies in 3 separate cases

An officer did cause ‘serious physical harm’ to an unidentified person.

Cleveland police recruit and 2 officers face felonies in 3 separate cases
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CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - Two Cleveland police officers and a recruit are being investigated in connection with major felonies.

Recruit Joseph Patterson was arrested for felony gross sexual imposition on Wednesday in University Heights, according to Police Chief Calvin Williams.

Patterson, 24, was hired in August 2019. and was a member of the 145th Academy Class. He has not yet been charged by authorities, charges could vary, and UHPD is handling the investigation, according to Cleveland Police Sgt. Jennifer Ciaccia.

In a separate incident, Patrol Officer John Hawk was charged today with felonious assault.

A Cuyahoga County police report stated that John Hawk did cause “serious physical harm” when he struck someone in the face, that person suffered a nasal fracture.

Hawk was arrested on Wednesday, March 4, at 5 p.m., according to the police report.

Hawk, 40, was hired in November 2018 and was most recently assigned to the Fourth District.

The news comes a day after Cleveland policeman Lorenzo Brazzell Jr. was indicted in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court on two felony charges for “theft in office.”

According to the indictment, Brazzell stole money from people during two different arrests. These incidents occurred this past summer, when he allegedly stole $1,500 in July, and $360 in August.

Brazzell was hired in March of 2017 and was most recently assigned to the Third District.

Patterson, Hawk and Brazzell were all relieved from duty and suspended without pay pending the outcome of their respective cases.

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