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Cleveland police officer pleads not guilty in cocaine case

Posted at 6:26 PM, Oct 23, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-23 20:16:08-04

Cleveland police officer James Hummel, 50, pleaded not guilty Tuesday in a Cuyahoga Municipal Court to a charge of carrying a weapon while intoxicated after failing a drug test while on duty.

Hummel was charged earlier this month with a first-degree misdemeanor when he tested positive for cocaine.

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Court records indicate that on Aug. 23, Hummel submitted to a drug test during the work day and failed.

Following the drug test, Hummel was placed on restricted duty pending the adjudication of the case.

According to Jeff Follmer, president of the Cleveland Police Patrolmen's Association, Hummel has since entered a drug and alcohol rehab center to get help with addiction issues.

Follmer said Hummel is a victim of the city "overcharging officers with crimes that they would not charge regular citizens." 

Hummel is scheduled to appear in court on Nov. 8. at 9 a.m.