The City of Cleveland and the Division of Police today released a report detailing the events of the May 30, 2020 civil unrest. The report – ordered by Chief Calvin D. Williams after a discussion with Mayor Frank G. Jackson – is a complete after-action review, including information gathering, analysis of the Division’s response and context on that day’s events. The report was released today during a Facebook briefing with Mayor Jackson, Chief Williams and Safety Director Karrie D. Howard. Additionally, the briefing also provided an update on a 2019 vehicle pursuit incident that involved members of the division.
May 30 Civil Unrest After-Action Review
On May 30, 2020 residents and visitors came to the downtown area to protest the death of George Floyd, an African American man who died at the hands of police officers in Minneapolis, Minn. five days earlier. Similar protests were seen throughout the country.
The demonstrations downtown began peacefully with citizens assembling at the Free Stamp sculpture with signs and banners. Over the course of the day, events escalated to civil unrest and culminated in violence and property damage throughout the area.
During the incident, Mayor Jackson, Chief Williams, then-Assistant Director Howard and Chief of Communications and Government & International Affairs Valarie McCall were detailed to the Emergency Operations Center throughout the incident. Then-Safety Director Michael McGrath and Fire Chief Angelo Calvillo were in the field.
During the event, there was a loss of three police zone cars and numerous government vehicles. According to the arrests records from that night, there were 70 arrests, including three juvenile arrests resulting from the civil unrest downtown. Fortunately, there was no loss of life to either law enforcement personnel or the public.
Following the institution of a downtown curfew and the restoration of order, a complete after-action review was ordered as an analysis of the collective response to this incident by the Cleveland Division of Police. This comprehensive review includes analysis of data, intelligence, deployment strategies, radio communications, police reports, body worn camera footage and other materials pertaining to May 30, 2020.
Dec. 20, 2019 Vehicle Pursuit Incident Update
Mayor Jackson, Director Howard and Chief Williams also announced results of the administrative investigation of the Dec. 20, 2019 vehicle pursuit. Cleveland Police Officers initiated a vehicle pursuit of suspects after a woman was robbed of her vehicle at gunpoint. A 13-year-old girl was struck and killed by the fleeing suspect vehicle in the city of East Cleveland.
Discipline has not yet been rendered. The Chief of Police will determine if officers violated any General Police Orders during the course of this incident.
After-action reviews are conducted on many high-profile police involved incidents and prove helpful in identifying areas needing improvement as well as strategies that can be proactively adopted into future plans.