Police chase: Union president says no one should be fired

11:42 PM, Apr 30, 2013   |    comments
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CLEVELAND -- Those 12 ranking officers named in Tuesday's press conference as facing discipline for the Nov. 29 deadly police pursuit will face hearings before Police Chief Michael McGrath or Safety Director Martin Flask.

The president of the police union says members will accept responsibility but have a story to tell.

The Fraternal Order of Police is the union for the department's 281 supervisors. Supervisors have taken lots of heat for letting the chase become a city-crossing spectacle.It's president says disciplinary hearings are expected but doesn't think any of his members should be fired.

There were 46 supervisors on duty that night and 12 of them are in trouble. The union provides them with a lawyer. Those disciplinary hearings set for May 20 and 24.

The union says the first six hearings will be before Safety Director Marty Flask, and the second six will be before Chief Michael McGrath.

The Chief can impose discipline up to a ten day suspension. Longer suspensions, demotions or firings are handed down by the safety director


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