CLEVELAND (AP) — Cleveland's mayor has chosen not to swear in a police academy cadet who fired shots at a vehicle during a traffic stop while serving as a rookie officer for East Cleveland police.
Mayor Frank Jackson tells WEWS-TV he made the decision shortly before the graduation ceremony Monday, after learning that issues with the officer's record had not been fully addressed. The decision comes as investigators review a different Cleveland rookie officer's fatal shooting of a 12-year-old boy who was carrying a pellet gun near a recreation center.
A police union leader tells WKYC-TV the union will challenge Jackson's Monday decision about the cadet, who had been expected to be hired but closely watched during a probationary period.
The Northeast Ohio Media Group reports the cadet remains a recruit for now.