East Cleveland chief defends latest police chases


EAST CLEVELAND, Ohio (WJW) – East Cleveland Police Chief Scott Gardner admitted his officers had more jobs in recent months but said the car chases were justified.

As of January, East Cleveland has 60 employees.

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“We found some illegal narcotics,” Gardner said FOX 8 I-Team. “We found a lot of illegal firearms.”

Several of these car chases resulted in crashes in Cleveland, in which innocent people were injured.

“I represent two young men who were seriously injured in a high-speed chase over a car without a shield in East Cleveland,” said attorney Tom Merriman. “My clients weren’t far from East Cleveland, they were in the Slavic village in Cleveland.”

The boss said officials often hunt down vehicles with no license plates.

“If you don’t have a license plate on your vehicle here, it has most likely been stolen,” Gardner said.

The I-TEAM received public records showing that East Cleveland had approximately 140 jobs over the past year. In the same period, the Euclidean police had 60 car chases and Cleveland Heights had 52.

“I don’t want anyone to get hurt,” said Gardner. “I apologize, but I blame the suspects.”

He said he believed one of the reasons his department had seen an increase in car chases was Cleveland’s policy on police activity.

“Cleveland has taken a stance where they won’t continue,” said Gardner. “Many of the people we arrest don’t live here. Many of the suspects believe the police will not pursue them. My mission as boss is to try to improve the quality of life for my residents, and in doing so, I have more of a zero-tolerance policy in East Cleveland. I try to fight crime directly. “

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