by Sam Allard
According to an officer, McGrath cut the cable and TV in all police buildings the day after he was asked to step down. Many officers were watching a football game when the screens turned to static.
Each Cleveland police officer pays five dollars a month for water, coffee and TV at their stations, and the department has paid $70,000 for a video conferencing system (connected to the TVs). All the electronics were turned off. The feeling among police personnel is that McGrath was getting back at them.
The CPPA's request, delivered publicly at a press conference last week, accused McGrath of insufficient support during and after the November police chase which resulted in the deaths of Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams.
Officers believe McGrath has made decisions to appease the public without knowing the facts. They claim that he's been a disappointment "since the beginning of the incident." They said they "no longer have confidence in his ability to lead."
Union President Jeff Folmer said morale was at an all-time low, but perhaps he spoke too soon. Now that the cable's gone, it's safe to assume morale has dipped even lower.
What's next, McGrath? Donut ban?