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6 Cleveland police officers suspended without pay following excessive force investigation, 1 fired

Posted at 9:58 PM, Dec 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-30 22:18:37-05

CLEVELAND — Six Cleveland police officers have been suspended following an excessive force investigation.

Officer John Petkac, 30, was terminated following the investigation on Dec. 21.

An internal investigation states Petkac "repeatedly used excessive, unnecessary and objectively unreasonable level 3 uses of force on a subject." The investigation says Petkac stepped on the throat of a subject and slammed the subject into the trunk of a zone car in September 2018.

According to the investigation, in 2019 he failed to report use of force on a subject and deployed electrical weapons against a subject.

Director of Public Safety Karrie D. Howard determined the officers committed numerous violations including inaccurate reporting, improper use of body-camera, and failure to intervene.

The following officers were suspended between 13 and 30 days:

  • Lieutenant Brian Chetnik, 48, who was hired in 1998.
  • Detective Andrew Hayduk, 39, who was hired in 2009.
  • Patrol Officer Antonio Muniz, 49, who was hired in 2009.
  • Patrol Officer Allen Nagy, 47, who was hired in 2013.
  • Patrol Officer Rashawn Rahim, 29, who was hired in 2014.
  • Patrol Officer Darryl Turner, 36, who was hired in 2015.