East Cleveland police apology


EAST CLEVELAND, Ohio (WJW) – The East Cleveland Police Department speaks up after officials are charged Stealing cash from a driver a during the traffic control on July 9th.

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The officers, Alfonzo Cole and Willie Warner-Simms, are charged with theft after Scott Gardner, East Cleveland Police Chief, received a complaint from someone that the officers took money at a traffic stop. The chief called the Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Office and asked them to investigate.

East Cleveland Police charged with stealing cash during a traffic stop

After a sincere apology on a Facebook post, the department asked anyone who these two officers wronged to file a formal complaint with their department.

All formal complaints will be referred to the Internal Affairs Department and will be used as evidence at an employment status hearing. They will also be forwarded to the Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Office as evidence for the criminal investigation against these officers, the department says.

The post said the department was angry, embarrassed and disappointed with the actions of the two officers.

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“Although I did not personally book them at our facility, I cannot imagine the awkwardness and embarrassment of the booking officers caused by these two officials’ blatant disregard for social standards,” the post said. “Not only was it an insult to East Cleveland as a city and a law enforcement agency, it was a slap in the face for a profession that has been honorable since our country was founded.”

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