Cleveland Police Chief Wes Snyder today denied any failure to investigate allegations that his officers had sex with teenaged girls and also abused drugs.
Speaking at a news conference he called at the Cleveland Police Department, Snyder described Times Free Press reporter Todd South’s story that appeared in Tuesday’s newspaper as “grossly inaccurate.”
“Mr. South reports that I had knowledge of drug and sexual abuse by members of this department prior to my internal affairs investigation. This is completely false.”
The news story originated from court testimony by Cleveland Assistant Police Chief Gary Hicks.
Snyder read from a prepared statement and did not answer questions.
When asked by a Times Free Press reporter if he denied that South asked him four times on Nov. 22 for comment, he ignored the question and walked from the room.
For complete details, see tomorrow’s Times Free Press.
Judy Walton has worked 25 years at the Chattanooga Times and the Times Free Press as an editor and reporter focusing on government coverage and investigations. At various times she has been an assistant metro editor, region reporter and editor, county government reporter, government-beat team leader, features editor and page designer. Originally from California, Walton was brought up in a military family and attended a dozen schools across the country. She earned a journalism degree ...