Meeting Wednesday night in East Cleveland centers on police cuts

EAST CLEVELAND, Ohio - While the impending police layoffs were not on the East Cleveland City Council meeting agenda, that didn't stop it from becoming the center of attention.

East Cleveland Mayor Gary Norton implored the council on Wednesday night not to cut the police force, adding that police cars on the street will drop from 12 to two.

Twenty-five percent of roughly 20 dispatchers and police officers face layoffs.

City council has blamed Norton for overspending by $6 million to $8 million. Councilwoman Barbara Thomas said if things in the city government don't change, East Cleveland will cease to exist.

The council also said they cut the police department budget by less than 10 percent, not 25 percent, like the mayor said.

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