Personnel files released for officer who shot and killed 21-year-old man at Corner Alley

CLEVELAND - News 5 obtained Friday the disciplinary files for the officer who shot and killed a 21-year-old man who allegedly attacked him at Corner Alley over the weekend.

The files show that Sgt. Dean Graziolli was convicted a few years ago for ripping off taxpayers when he lied on his timecards.

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Outside of that, he's received only a few reprimands over his 25-year career with Cleveland police. 

In fact, one of his performance reviews showed he was "known for deploying safe and effective tactics."

Sgt. Graziolli was appointed to the position of patrol officer on Jan. 6, 1992. He was promoted to Sergeant on Dec. 6, 2002.

According to the personnel file, he never received any disciplinary action until 2006 when he was given a verbal warning for being involved in an off-duty physical altercation with another member of the Cleveland Police Department in a public place. The other officer involved was also issued a verbal warning. 

In 2008, Sgt. Graziolli was issued a written reprimand after he engaged in improper procedures while investigating use of non-deadly force by a member under his command. Records show he failed to complete and submit the investigation within the designated time restrictions. 

In 2011, Sgt. Graziolli received a written warning after he performed work from a secondary employer without temporary approval from the Cleveland Police Department. He also failed to appear in court for a case, resulting in its dismissal. 

Sgt. Graziolli was given permission to engage in secondary employment at The Corner Alley in March 2017. 

In 2012, he was given another written warning for failing to investigate a case where non-deadly force was used by an officer.

In 2014, he was demoted to patrol officer and suspended for 30 days after being accused of falsifying his Daily Duty Reports in October and November of 2012. He was charged in municipal court with theft in office, aggravated theft, multiple counts of tampering with records and dereliction of duty. He later pleaded guilty to falsification and the rest of the charges were nolled. 

In his last review performance review 2016, Sgt. Graziolli received a cumulative score of 4.22 out of 5. His supervisor said, "he handles many tasks effectively and provides leadership and stability to the platoon."
 

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