Union wants Cleveland police chief out over 2012 chase

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland police union wants the police chief to resign in the wake of a critical state report that blames lack of leadership for a chase that ended with 137 shots fired and two people killed in a fleeing car.

The Cleveland Police Patrolmen’s Association today called for Chief Michael McGrath’s resignation.

The chief referred requests for comment today to Mayor Frank Jackson, who gave McGrath a renewed vote of confidence.

The report Tuesday from Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine said the Nov. 29 chase involving more than 60 officers resulted from police leadership and communications failures. No weapon was found in the fleeing car.

WEWS-TV says union president Jeff Follmer places police morale at an all-time low amid multiple investigations into the chase.

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