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New video shows security incident involving two city officials at Hopkins airport

Posted: 6:00 PM, Feb 22, 2019
Updated: 2019-02-22 18:00:24-05
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CLEVELAND — Newly released video from the city of Cleveland regarding a security incident last October shows what led up to two city officials being suspended and one reassigned.

Cleveland Chief of Operations Darnell Brown and Fred Szabo, the assistant director of port control, were suspended with pay after a security incident Oct. 25, 2018.

The video shows Szabo and Brown walking together in and out of a secure area inside the airport. Szabo then escorts Brown out onto the concourse where the two men shake hands, and Brown walks to a flight gate without passing back through security.

Szabo, whose job responsibilities at the airport, according to the city, were to oversee "the airport’s emergency operations plan and coordinating the airport emergency response efforts with local, state and federal emergency responders."

After the incident, Szabo was reassigned and made the interim emergency operations center manager for the Department of Public Safety.

His salary was reduced from $156,060 to $120,000.

Szabo and Brown's security credentials were also revoked, according to the city.