Police Disciplined for Failure to Investigate

Cleveland Mayor Frank G. Jackson, Safety Director Michael McGrath and Chief of Police Calvin D. Williams announced today that discipline has been rendered against multiple officers of supervisory rank.

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View today’s announcement and supporting documents. 

Sergeant Thomas Ross was assigned to the Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Unit as a detective prior to being promoted in 2015. Sergeant Ross was granted permission to take 60 sexual assault and child abuse cases to further investigate upon reassignment.  Sergeant Ross failed to investigate these cases resulting in victims being neglected and offenders not arrested or prosecuted. In addition, Commander James McPike and Sergeant Anthony McMahan neglected to ensure that the cases were accounted for and properly investigated.

“The actions taken today are a result of a thorough investigation and the appropriate level of discipline was issued,” Mayor Jackson said.

All of the cases involved have since been reassigned to other investigators and are either closed or under investigation within the Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Unit.

An administrative review of this incident was conducted by the Bureau of Integrity Control and the findings were presented to the Chief of Police. Chief Williams provided a recommendation which was forwarded to the Director of Public Safety for final disciplinary decision.

“The decisions announced today have a profound effect not only on our community, but on the men and women of the Division of Police as well,” said Chief Williams.  “These are difficult times; in the weeks, months and years ahead, our officers will work to provide the best service to our community.”

Today, the following discipline was rendered by the Director of Public Safety Michael McGrath and is effective immediately:

  • Sergeant Thomas Ross: demoted to patrol officer
  • Sergeant Anthony McMahan: 15-day suspension
  • Commander James McPike: demoted to captain

About Nancy Kelsey

Nancy Kelsey is the Social Media and Digital Communications Manager for the Mayor's Office of Communications at the City of Cleveland.

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