David Muniz and Matthew Prince were the Cleveland policemen responsible for misidentifying Angela Bradley-Crockett's body on the side of I-90 as that of a deer carcass. In their defense, it's hard to correctly identify a body, or anything at all, while driving by at 50 mph, but in any case, they screwed up.
The pair were suspended for six months sans pay in May.
During the day of the incident, internal tracking showed Muniz and Prince had spent hours sitting in the parking lot of a cemetery. The duo claimed they were staking out the area based on reports of thieves stealing metal. Still, they seemed to be sitting in the parking lot quite a long time.
An internal investigation has revealed that Muniz and Price didn't just sit in a parking lot that day. They seem to love sitting in parking lots all over the city, especially during times they claimed they were working cases.
Between Jan. 1 and April 4, Patrolmen Matthew Prince and David Muniz spent more than 20 hours at the West Park Cemetery, more than three hours parked in the lot of Christie's Cabaret in the Flats, and periods of time at Steelyard Commons and other locations.
The city recently released a 721-page report compiled by Internal Affairs detectives. The report is a combination of the officers' statements, duty reports, news articles and auto vehicle locator reports — which show the movements of patrol cars.
The report does not indicate the officers ignored calls but showed they claimed to still be working calls when they were in the cemetery or elsewhere.
Cleveland Police Patrolmen's Association President Steve Loomis came to their defense, saying, "Information like that can be taken out of context. In a lot of cases the reason for idle time involves police writing reports and doing police work like watching a dope house."
Seems like a reasonable explanation, no? Writing reports can be boring. Best to do that under the neon lights of Christie's with the faint smell of strippers' perfume wafting in the air. Spices things up a bit.
And the dope houses? Hell, Steelyard Commons seems shady to us, too. We've got even money on Home Depot harboring a massive drug distribution center.
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