Six Cleveland Police Officers Suspended

(Cleveland) - Six Cleveland Police officers have been suspended without pay, following an internal investigation into how they handled the use of excessive force by another police officer.

Lieutenant Brian Chetnik, Detective Andrew Hayduk, and Patrol Officers Antonio Muniz, Allen Nagy, Rashawn Rahim, and Darryl Turner, will all serve between 13 to 30 days off the job. All are assigned to the Third District. Their suspensions will be in effect at the start of their next tour of duty.

According letters from Safety Director Karrie Howard, the six were found to have inaccurately have reported the situation in which Officer John Petkac used excessive force in an arrest in 2018, They also improperly used their body cameras, and they failed to intervene. Officer Petkac was fired from the Cleveland Division of Police earlier this month.

Petkac had stepped on, and grabbed the throat of a suspect, slammed a suspect into the trunk of a zone car, and used a taser on a man who was resisting police demands.

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