Listen to this article Video Evidence Of Brutality Leads To Indictment of 11 East Cleveland Police Officers Indicted for Civil Rights Violations
Eleven current and former police officers from the East Cleveland Police Department are facing a range of charges, including felonious assault, interfering with civil rights, dereliction of duty, tampering with evidence, obstructing justice, theft in office, and telecommunications fraud. Moreover, these charges are indicative of a broader issue within the department, as the East Cleveland Police Department has faced a series of scandals and criminal charges in recent years. This latest scandal has shaken the department and brought attention to ongoing issues within it. The charges come after a two-year investigation led by the FBI’s Cleveland Field Office, which revealed appalling acts of brutality and violations of civil rights by these officers.
In the videos, we can see disturbing scenes of police brutality. One officer stomps on a victim while pushing them to the ground, another kicks a kneeling victim from behind, and yet another delivers a series of hook punches to a man curled up in the street, followed by a strike to the groin. We can hear a fellow officer yelling, “Get his ass, boy!”
The grand jury indictment handed down on Wednesday included the following officers: Patrol Officer Nicholas Foti, Detective Ian McInnes, Sgt. John Hartman, Patrol Officer Tristan Homan, Patrol Officer Laurice Mans, Patrol Officer Tre Dehart Robinson, Patrol Officer Brian Parks, Patrol Officer Tyler Mundson, Patrol Officer Brian Stoll, Investigator Kyle Wood, and Patrol Officer Daniel Toomer. The department had already suspended several of these officers without pay, while others chose to resign or were terminated.
Additionally, the indictments included multiple charges against each officer. These charges ranged from assault and civil rights violations to tampering with evidence, obstructing justice, theft in office, and telecommunications fraud.
Many people believe that the East Cleveland Police Department is broken and the recent charges against 11 current and former officers, which include felonious assault, interfering with civil rights, dereliction of duty, tampering with evidence, obstructing justice, theft in office, and telecommunications fraud, only add to the department’s troubles. These charges have further shaken a beleaguered city that has already been on edge due to a series of criminal charges that have decimated the department’s rank-and-file.
Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Michael O’Malley described the acts caught on video as “appalling” and “a form of torture.” He also acknowledged that there has been a “cancer growing in the East Cleveland police department,” and that his office is doing its best to “remove every tentacle of that cancer so that this department can build and grow.” East Cleveland Mayor Brandon King thanked authorities “that have committed significant resources to help our police department root out those individuals that have committed these alleged offenses.” King added that many of the investigative leads began inside the East Cleveland Police Department, and that he has confidence that the newly appointed police chief, Brian Gerhard, “is the right man for the job.”