Cleveland police say they didn’t watch Kareem Hunt surveillance video

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Although Kareem Hunt was caught on tape attacking a woman in a Cleveland hotel in February, and although the woman called police, told them she wanted to press charges and asked them to view the surveillance video, officers never did so.

The Cleveland Police Department told USA Today that officers knew there were security cameras but never obtained the hotel’s surveillance video because “detectives only follow up on felonies. This is a misdemeanor.”

That answer bolsters what advocates for domestic violence survivors often say: Police simply don’t prioritize these investigations.

Although the woman called police immediately and said Hunt assaulted her, police did not arrest Hunt, and he never faced any criminal charges.

72 responses to “Cleveland police say they didn’t watch Kareem Hunt surveillance video

  1. Great excuse……🙄 So a woman Claims she was assaulted. Theres video and they decide not to look at it. How would they know it’s only a misdemeanor?? What a joke!!

  2. Didn’t Cleveland police dept kill a kid with a toy gun within two seconds, and everyone was all “law enforcement has a very tough job and save lives every day”. And now when they don’t investigate this story, NOW they’re “incompetent”???? You choose this story to be outraged at police officers actions??

    The men and women of law enforcement risk their lives everyday. To call them incompetent is anti American. Remember? Hypocrites….

  3. That answer bolsters what advocates for domestic violence survivors often say: Police simply don’t prioritize these investigations.

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    This is not domestic violence though. I’ve seen nothing claiming this was a girlfriend or someone he was living with.

  4. I find it very strange that the powerful NFL couldn’t get this video and a sleeze trash tabloid site like TMZ(the equivalent of the National Equirer of the 1980’s-90’s) could get it, HMMMMMMM?

  5. America doesn’t need more Police doing nothing, we need less Police doing less. We need more guards, and larger prisons. They arrest the same criminals over, and over. Taxes are spent backwards when it comes to crime prevention. Why increase arresting criminals that will be released next week to be chased down over and over using more officers.

  6. Why is this coming out now? This happened almost a year ago.

    Is someone with access to the footage trying to influence his/her fantasy league down the stretch?

  7. Had this been handled professionally, and honestly, the story wouldn’t be as big as it’s becoming. And the bottom line is that this woman never received justice because law enforcement didn’t care. If you’re ok with that, you’ve got some very serious issues.

  8. Bears are gonna sign Hunt. Nagy knows him well plus he’s on his rookie deal. Win Win for both: Hunt serves his 6 game suspension and then gets to play on a Super Bowl caliber team. The Bears get a pro bowl caliber back on his rookie deal.

  9. Where’s all the fire Goodell for incompetence people? The police didn’t view it and the hotel refused to let the league see it. I don’t see any incompetence from the league or Goodell. He’ll be charged with something and the lady will end up with his bank account. As it should be.

  10. This isn’t domestic violence. I don’t understand why you keep bringing this up in every post especially when you have a lawyer on staff. By trying to tie this to DV you’re doing a disservice not only to DV victims and survivors but also to the police, who have enough bad publicity, that are actually doing their jobs properly. This is a misdemeanor assault on both sides. It’s really no different than Todd Haley getting in a tiff with the guy at the bar last postseason.

  11. I posted this story on a previous post and got downvoted to hell, but I’ll say again until something good changes.

    A loved one of mine was a victim of DV, the police didn’t do anything even though the victim would call the police and show them their bruises and marks on their body. Cops wouldn’t do anything why? Because they stated unless they were recorded on camera, or eyewitness during the assault, it’s their word against the perp. I guess DV victims need to pull our their phones as they’re getting beat up.

  12. Court order wasn’t needed to obtain the video, they didn’t even ask for it. Video is turned over every day to aid law enforcement with nothing more than a simple request from the officers at the scene. This should have been over with a few days after it happened. Now all these poor victim FF team owners are left without a star player. What a waste.

    Don’t fall victim to the mockery.

  13. What in the world? Guarantee had they gone to the local trailer park, someone would have been in the back of a squad car on the way to the Graybar Hotel, with or without video.

  14. Steve Cunningham says:

    December 1, 2018 at 5:08 pm

    I find it very strange that the powerful NFL couldn’t get this video and a sleeze trash tabloid site like TMZ(the equivalent of the National Equirer of the 1980’s-90’s) could get it, HMMMMMMM?

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    The answer that you seek is in your question. Being a sleaze trash tabloid site is why, they don’t have morals so don’t care what lengths it takes to get what they want even if it means illegally paying under the table for it.

  15. I’m confused. If it’s a misdemeanor don’t they still investigate? And without watching the video how do they know a felony hasn’t been committed??? Are they seriously that lazy?

  16. Probably didnt help her case that she was stumbling drunk and took a swing at him first. That, and no visible injury is a pretty easy way to tell an accused “assault” is not worth investigating.

  17. They say they didn!t look because of what the crime amounted to (a misdemeanor vs a felony). But how would they ever really know ehat the crime amounted to without looking?

  18. “That answer bolsters what advocates for domestic violence survivors often say: Police simply don’t prioritize these investigations.”

    Under the worst light possible for Hunt, by definition this wasn’t domestic violence.

  19. Why is this coming out now? This happened almost a year ago.

    Is someone with access to the footage trying to influence his/her fantasy league down the stretch?
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    It was sold to TMZ.

  20. Wow. I am 64 years old, have never hit another human being in anger/rage/whatever in my life. I have been hit once, while preventing a drunken husband from beating the crap out of his wife on his front yard. He might have killed her if me and several other guys had not held him at bay long enough for her to get away. What Hunt did may not qualify as DV, but it certainly appears he would have grievously injured that woman if others had not intervened. He could have stayed in his room and called Hotel Security, or the local police, or sent his minions out to handle it. Any of those options would have him playing football tomorrow. Just stop with the he was defending himself crap. Really? Against a 19 year old woman? What a man…

  21. 1969l78 says:
    December 1, 2018 at 4:48 pm

    Great excuse……🙄 So a woman Claims she was assaulted. Theres video and they decide not to look at it. How would they know it’s only a misdemeanor?? What a joke!!

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    Yes, it appears that way on the surface. But I assume you did not watch the video where the police are interviewing her? All she is doing is sobbing and she doesn’t appear to have a scratch on her. Now of course she was assaulted, the video proves that. But she was not injured by the assault beyond some possible minor scrapes. She never attepted to show the cops any injuries and spent most of the interview complaining that the front desk wouldn’t call 911 for her after she asked three seperate times. The physical evidence of the accuser, or lack therof did not merit anything else other than a “possible” misdemeanor charge. That’s how they knew. I do agree however that it’s still sloppy police work and they should have at least taken a look at the video. Heck, if I was one of those cops I would have taken that video and sold it to TMZ for a few Million back in February! If there was any incomepetence that was it right there! On a personal note, I thought the incedent was nothing more than a shoving match. The worst of it is when the one guy is pushed into her and she lands hard on the ground. But that was Hunt pushing a guy. As far as the kick, the media made it sound like he was attempting a 50 yarder, where it was what I would consider it to be more of a tap/shove kick to just knock her over again. Now I’m not saying any of it is right. There’s even a point where she slaps Hunt in the face. But a man should never initiate an attack or counter-attack on a woman, even in self defense (well except if she is a gargantuan and totally kicking your behind of course). The fact the he put himself into that position in the first place is all on him. What he did to the woman is also all on him. I just think it’s kind of funny how the media made it sound like it was 1000 times worse than the Ray Rice video, when it really wasn’t even close. But I do think the NFL and the Chiefs were correct in that a precident must be set that these guys have to have better control of themselves and make better decisions to not put themselves in these situations. Bottom line: Kareem Hunt is a moron.

    P.S. Oh, and thanks for ruining my chances at a fantasy championship this year!

  22. Interesting that commenters are trying to claim this isn’t domestic violence and assuming she’s someone Hunt doesn’t know. We have no idea who the woman was. She might have been some random person, or she might have been his girlfriend or ex.

    But it seems likely that he was at least somewhat involved with her for them to be having a fight of that level of intensity outside of his hotel room.

  23. After watching the video I was suprised at how minor this incident was. There were no injuries and it was basically just some light pushing and shoving. The police can’t treat every minor incident like a major crime. The woman was trying to bait Hunt into doing something, so she could cash in, and Hunt was foolish enough to play along. A couple of idiots.

  24. Steve Cunningham says:

    December 1, 2018 at 5:08 pm

    I find it very strange that the powerful NFL couldn’t get this video and a sleeze trash tabloid site like TMZ(the equivalent of the National Equirer of the 1980’s-90’s) could get it, HMMMMMMM?
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    For all we know the sleaze ball tabloid sent a couple of hookers over to the security guard’s apartment and convinced him to get a copy of the tape.

  25. I remember watching his first carry in his first NFL game. He fumbled. After not fumbling once in his entire collegiate career. I was his biggest fan. Until he failed to realize that the lottery ticket he won had stipulations in order to cash it in.: Behave like an adult human being, realize how fortunate you are to be there, and that you will never have to work another day upon retirement from the NFL. If stupid could fly, Hunt would be the Space Shuttle.

  26. smilesaustin says:
    December 1, 2018 at 5:37 pm
    Probably didnt help her case that she was stumbling drunk and took a swing at him first. That, and no visible injury is a pretty easy way to tell an accused “assault” is not worth investigating.
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    So much knuckle dragging here.

    1- if you think it’s ok to hit a drunk woman because she takes a weak swing at you that puts you in no danger whatsoever, you’re a loser
    2- showing visible injury is never needed to prove assault. It helps establish probable cause, but is not required if a complaint is filed.

  27. Cops respond to DRUNK disturbances all the time. Kareem was obviously intoxicated and if she has no visible display of injury/blood/ black eye etc., cops dismiss it as 2 drunks causing a disturbance. Spare me the “kick” it was a tap with his foot. He’s so drunk he’s falling down before barely touching her. His attorney would have argued in court that he had no intention of pushing her, he simply fell. And the tape shows her aggressive behavior too. She’s no victim.

    DRUNKS!

  28. Ohio477034473 – So if it was just some “light pushing and shoving” as you say, how did Hunt manage to knock down 2 people including one of his friends. Even that guy needed a second before he got up. The problem with the world today is people like you. You see what you wanna see. Everyone else here saw a guy knock 2 people down, including a woman, to the point where both them looked a little dazed and you play it off as just “boys being boys” BS. What’s next? Are you gonna tell everyone here that he didn’t kick her it was just her getting in the way of his foot. I’m sure if it was a woman that you cared about you would have seen the same thing everyone else saw which was a 220 lb football player assaulting a 100 lb 19-years old girl. With your perception you might wanna apply to be an NFL ref or an Ohio police officer

  29. I think many posters here Ned to do some research on the redefinition of asault. The charge of assault does not require actual injury, nor even physical contact. Some people here seem grossly ignorant of common law…

  30. boyso3 says:
    December 1, 2018 at 6:59 pm
    Ohio477034473 – So if it was just some “light pushing and shoving” as you say, how did Hunt manage to knock down 2 people including one of his friends. Even that guy needed a second before he got up. The problem with the world today is people like you. You see what you wanna see. Everyone else here saw a guy knock 2 people down, including a woman, to the point where both them looked a little dazed and you play it off as just “boys being boys” BS. What’s next? Are you gonna tell everyone here that he didn’t kick her it was just her getting in the way of his foot. I’m sure if it was a woman that you cared about you would have seen the same thing everyone else saw which was a 220 lb football player assaulting a 100 lb 19-years old girl. With your perception you might wanna apply to be an NFL ref or an Ohio police officer
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    Put down the bud. You weren’t there. You’re not a cop, nor did you respond to a drunk disturbance. This sort of thing happens 50 times a night in every major city. She was the primary aggressor, as she punched him on the video. Get off the high horse of victimhood, and don’t serve as a juror, as you’re obviously blind and biased. TMZ played you, AGAIN.

  31. If, as some here, this woman was looking to get paid, why has no civil suit been filed 9 months after the incident? No criminal charges of conviction is required to bring a civil case to court…

  32. I find it hilarious that a 19 year drunk girl who was obviously in the video feeling real tough and mouthy ended up crying in the lobby and looking like she wanted her mommy. I think once the police told her she could be arrested as well for assault she started babbling like a mountain brook.

  33. Hunt would have been fine if he had went inside his hotel room and called the cops instead of rushing at a 19 year old girl. At that instance it stops being self defense, and the kick is just a loser mover.

  34. Well boys we’re investigating the complaint but no thanks we don’t want to see the video evidence.

    Anyone else think maybe Clark Hunt made a call to the Browns owner to try and quash the investigation??

    There’s video out there showing the police at the scene trying to take people’s cell phones without a warrant. The way it all went down is odd.

  35. Cops to 19 year old woman….’here’s the deal….if anyone gets arrested here, you are also getting arrested for M.I.P. and assault as well’ her response…..’ok, I’m good’

  36. The NFL was probably too cheap to shell out for the video from the hotel. TMZ has deep pockets when they want a scoop. They sure made the NFL look incompetent again. The cops were probably cutting Hunt a break because he’s a famous pro running back. It wouldn’t surprise me to find out that they got pics and autographs from him.

  37. Well, this probably explains why a child molester, (Ariel Castro), can hide a few young
    girls in his house in Cleveland for years! Nice police work there. Detective’s only follow
    up on felonies, not misdemeanors. That’s nuts! :/

  38. Cops should have wanted to see the camera footage after hunts posse took her phone, some card and deleted the video that was taken. Hotel clerk should be chewed out for refusing to allow someone to call the police.

  39. mrbigass says:
    December 1, 2018 at 5:36 pm
    I’m confused. If it’s a misdemeanor don’t they still investigate? And without watching the video how do they know a felony hasn’t been committed??? Are they seriously that lazy?

    You have to remember who is being talked about. The cops are probably Cleveland natives.
    Same folks that bring batteries and dog treats to throw on the field. Not the brightest bulbs
    on the Christmas Tree if you get my drift ya know? 90% of the school buses in Cleveland
    are short buses. That kind of thing! :/

  40. Just because a dude and chick have a public altercation doesn’t mean it’s domestic violence. Two adults had a dust up. Their local law or ordinance call it a misdemeanor. Now if she said she wanted to press charges and the cops didn’t, something happened that decided that. Probably a room full of men AND women who said that the lady that got tossed out did something or she was known to the cops. I’m not his advocate, but I watched the video and it looked clearly that she kept going at him or trying to get into the room. I can’t imagine what was said to enrage that dude enough to bulldoze two people but it happened. Even with the video, I’m not sure what would happen to him anyways. It looked like two people going at it not some dude beating his wife or girlfriend.

  41. To those who dismiss all of this because it isn’t technically “Domestic Violence” (since she was a rental, not a wife), let’s not forget that this man is nearly 6′ tall and 200 lbs. and a world-class athlete. No way this can be a “fair fight”. Walk away, dude. That’s what *men* do.

  42. Steve Cunningham says:
    December 1, 2018 at 5:08 pm
    I find it very strange that the powerful NFL couldn’t get this video and a sleeze trash tabloid site like TMZ(the equivalent of the National Equirer of the 1980’s-90’s) could get it, HMMMMMMM?
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    Tho i agree with you in general .. i think it is about time we all gave TMZ more respect for their investigative abilities .. these guys can come up with the evidence so they are more like the FBI of the tabloids

  43. There seems to be difficulty understanding that just because this man is scum does not mean this is domestic violence. This is petty bs which will never result in criminal charges. His suspension will be based on the former.

  44. skawh says:
    December 1, 2018 at 6:34 pm
    Cops respond to DRUNK disturbances all the time. Kareem was obviously intoxicated and if she has no visible display of injury/blood/ black eye etc., cops dismiss it as 2 drunks causing a disturbance. Spare me the “kick” it was a tap with his foot.

    So you’d be fine with him “tapping” your wife or daughter with his foot? And you have the nerve to call Pats sleazy. Never the player’s fault is it?

  45. In the end this is “more probable than not” a case of the NFL hoping and praying that this went away so that KC could knock of NE. They look the other way with Hill, now this. Not buying that whole “didn’t see the video” for one second. It still appears that to NFL, beating a woman is far less of a crime than Mother Nature reducing the pressure inside a football in winter. They aid and abet criminals yet launch the Spanish Inquisition if there’s a flying Elvis within a parsec.

  46. therealjr says:
    December 1, 2018 at 9:03 pm
    There seems to be difficulty understanding that just because this man is scum does not mean this is domestic violence. This is petty bs which will never result in criminal charges. His suspension will be based on the former.

    Beating on women is petty BS!? Wow! Did you just discover fire as well? Geez.

  47. Cleveland isn’t a mistake by the lake. It used to be one of the biggest and most productive cities in the US. It’s still not worse than a lot of Rust Belt cities in America. So drop your “knowledge.”

    That said. This wasn’t a misdemeanor. In any jurisdiction what I saw would have been felony battery. AND I have seen misdemeanors investigated more thoroughly. So with all due…no. Not buying the explanation.

  48. If the police watch the video both of them should be arrested! She assaulted him as well. Not saying how he reacted was right but assault is assault. I don’t care if you think her slap was nothing. Can’t have a double standard.

  49. mrbigass says:
    December 1, 2018 at 5:36 pm
    I’m confused. If it’s a misdemeanor don’t they still investigate? And without watching the video how do they know a felony hasn’t been committed??? Are they seriously that lazy?
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    no one died or was taken to hospital = misdemeanor

  50. Not only did the Cleveland police department fail to look at the tape, but clearly the NFL and the Kansas City Chiefs failed to look at the tape as well. If you wonder why victims of domestic violence often decline to press charges, this is one reason why.

  51. The hotel seems to be getting a free pass for consciously denying the NFL’s request for the video tape. Either the NFL didn’t really request a copy of the video (which is highly likely based upon track record in botched past investigations), or everyone should be avoiding staying in a hotel that doesn’t value any and all forms safety review on behalf of its patrons.

  52. Roger Goodell and the NFL Execs are HYPOCRITES

    How much $$ and time did they spend on DEFLATEGATE? No investidpgstion was needed. Just put a football outside in the cold and watch the air pressure change. Basic SCIENCE. Release the PSI results Goodell. You won’t because they prove the NFL wrong

    Invest that same time and $$$ into a press release if a source can’t or is unwilling to release any kind of data.

    FULL DISCLOSURE

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