News Home
Quick Bites Archive
Exploradio Archive
Programs Schedule Make A Pledge Member BenefitsFAQ/HelpContact Us
Government and Politics

Fired Cleveland police officers will keep their pensions
State law only revokes pensions for some felonies

Kevin Niedermier
The 6 Cleveland police officers fire for roles in the 2012 mass shooting will keep their pensions.
Courtesy of WEWS
Download (WKSU Only)

Under state law, the Cleveland police officers fired this week for their roles in 2012’s deadly chase and shooting can keep their pensions. WKSU’s Kevin Niedermier reports.

LISTEN: Limits on forfeiting pensions

Other options:
MP3 Download (0:53)

The six fired officers were among 13 who shot 137 bullets into the suspect’s car following the pursuit. City officials say they violated department policies during the chaotic volley of gunfire. Cleveland State University law professor Kenneth Kowalski says Ohio’s law covering pension forfeiture only applies to certain felonies.

“It’s limited to offenses like bribery, corrupt activity, theft in office. So it’s really aimed at offenses against the public, people using their positions of authority to enrich themselves at taxpayer’s expense.”

The police union representing the fired officers has vowed to get their jobs back and to overturn the suspensions of six others disciplined by the city for their roles in the shooting.

Page Options

Print this page

Copyright © 2022 WKSU Public Radio, All Rights Reserved.

In Partnership With:

NPR PRI Kent State University

listen in windows media format listen in realplayer format Car Talk Hosts: Tom & Ray Magliozzi Fresh Air Host: Terry Gross A Service of Kent State University 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. NPR Senior Correspondent: Noah Adams Living on Earth Host: Steve Curwood 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. A Service of Kent State University