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2 Cleveland officers on restricted duty for dereliction of duty, other charges

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Posted at 9:48 PM, Jan 22, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-22 22:28:16-05

CLEVELAND — Two Cleveland police officers have been arrested on misdemeanor charges for failing to correctly document an assault and car crash that happened last August.

According to the city of Cleveland, the officers, Harvey Andrekovic, 47, and Jason Rees, 33, are charged with dereliction of duty, obstruction of official business and civil rights violation.

Andrekovic has been with the department since 2011. Rees has been with the department since 2018. Both officers worked in the Fifth District when the alleged incident occurred on Aug. 22, 2020, the city said.

The department's internal affairs division conducted an investigation into the matter and then submitted the case to the Cleveland Prosecutor’s Office. Both officers were then charged in Cleveland Municipal Court, the city said.

The officers are currently on restricted duty with no contact with the public, according to the city. After their case is adjudicated, the police department will review the case before any disciplinary measure is taken.

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