Suspension Overturned For Cleveland Police Supervisor Who Responded To Tamir Rice Shooting

An arbitrator has overturned the city-imposed discipline of a Cleveland police sergeant for her role in the aftermath of Tamir Rice’s killing.

Cincinnati arbitrator William C. Heekin on Nov. 4 reversed the two-day suspension without pay of Janell Rutherford, a supervisor called to the scene after the 12-year-old was shot by a police officer.

Rutherford, who recently retired from the department, is owed backpay, and references to the discipline must be removed from her file, Heekin ruled.

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