May 9, 2013
The City and this nation have overwhelmingly provided support and compassion for the victims and their families at this difficult time. This has been a great display of a caring nature. We in Cleveland greatly appreciate this outpouring of support.
Although we appreciate the compassion, the victims and their families have been overwhelmed by this response. Most of it has been done with good intentions.
As we allow the victims and their families to transition through this very difficult time, we need to give them space and time to heal. They have been and will continue to be surrounded by their close family and friends who are providing much needed support.
To that end, I am ordering Public Safety Director Marty Flask to instruct all employees in Public Safety to cease and desist releasing information and records outside of the established chain of command and protocols.
This is not for the sake of concealing any information. It is to demonstrate compassion for the victims and their families and to insure the credibility of the investigative process and allow us to arrive at a just conclusion to this difficult situation.
I am asking everyone else – the average citizen, public officials, the media – to show good judgment in how they handle themselves in order to demonstrate their compassion and help guarantee the integrity of the investigation.
Remember, the eyes of the nation are on us.