CLEVELAND, Ohio — Four Cleveland police officers are under investigation after they were accused of drinking at a bar outside the city limits during their shift, according to three police sources and the bar’s owner.
The incident happened Sept. 27 at the 49th Street Tavern in Cuyahoga Heights, where the city borders both Newburgh Heights and Cleveland, according to a bar employee who did not want to be identified.
The employee said the officers were at the bar drinking for more than an hour and that Internal Affairs investigators on Monday obtained surveillance video from the bar.
Cleveland police spokeswoman Sgt. Jennifer Ciaccia confirmed late Wednesday that internal affairs detectives are investigating the incident.
Internal affairs investigators have discretion over whether to pursue criminal charges in a case and recommend discipline.
The officers have not been publicly identified. Newburgh Heights Police Chief John Majoy said he was aware of the incident, but declined to explain further.
Cleveland Police Patrolmen’s Association President Jeff Follmer said the case is still early in the investigation and that the union is waiting for all the facts.
The four officers work in the Fourth District.
The Fourth District is historically the busiest in the city. An internal study of calls for service released in 2018 showed the Fourth District got 23 percent of all calls in the city, more than any of the city’s five districts.