CLEVELAND (AP) — A prosecutor who cleared an off-duty Cleveland policeman in a fatal shooting wants the sheriff's office to review the officer's actions now that he was found liable in that death in a civil case.
Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH'-guh) County Prosecutor Timothy McGinty had concluded 20-year-old Euclid resident Kenny Smith was lunging for a gun when he was shot in the head by Officer Roger Jones in March 2012. This month, a jury awarded Smith's family $5.5 million in the civil case that found Jones liable for using excessive force.
McGinty's spokesman tells the Northeast Ohio Media Group (http://bit.ly/1R2Dcsw ) the prosecutor wanted someone to take a fresh look at what happened and requested that from the sheriff's office last week.
Cleveland Police Patrolmen's Association President Steve Loomis calls the request a "political move."
Information from: Northeast Ohio Media Group, http://www.cleveland.com