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Cleveland police officer resigns amid allegations of ethics violations

Noel Hernandez joined the force in 2014.

CLEVELAND — Editor's note: the video in the player above is from a story published on Jan. 4, 2021.

A Cleveland police officer has resigned following multiple allegations of ethics violations. 

According to the City of Cleveland, Patrol Officer Noel Hernandez, 34, submitted his resignation to his superior on March 4, before facing a March 5 disciplinary hearing with Cleveland's Safety Director, Karrie Howard. 

The city says that Hernandez has been accused of violations of the police's ethics code, as well as the Cleveland Division of Police Manual of Rules. A press release from the city says that the patrol officer was "suspected of providing law enforcement investigative information to individuals suspected of drug activity and of participating in conduct and behavior not acceptable of a police officer." 

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Following an internal investigation that found improper conduct, Hernandez was placed on restricted duty with no contact with the public. The City of Cleveland Prosecutor, however, determined that there was not enough evidence to pursue criminal charges against the 34-year-old. 

Hernandez joined the Cleveland Division of Police in 2014, and was most recently active on the Second District on Basic Patrol.


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Editor's note: the video in the player below is from a story published on March 1, 2021.

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