Cleveland Police Officer Suspended

Cleveland - Director of Public Safety, Michael McGrath and Cleveland Police Chief Calvin D. Williams have announced that Patrol Officer William Tell was indicted in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court on multiple felony charges including Menacing by Stalking, Intimidation of a Crime Victim, Abduction, Bribery and Unauthorized Use of Property.

Officers say Tell used the law enforcement database known as LEADS between September of 2018 and July of 2019 to look up information on his ex-girlfriend. Then, in July, while working off-duty security at a bar in downtown Cleveland, spotted his ex with another man. He then proceeded to threaten to conduct traffic stops against that man any chance he would get. An unlawful traffic stop was conducted on that victim just ten hours later.

The 49-year-old was relieved from duty and will remain suspended without pay pending the adjudication of the criminal charges.

Tell was hired in August of 1999 and was most recently assigned to the Bureau of Traffic.

He's scheduled to be arraigned February 26th.

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