Report: Cleveland Police department explores handling of Kareem Hunt case

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The Cleveland Police Department failed to do a complete investigation regarding the assault allegation made against former Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt in February. The Cleveland Police Department is now investigation its handling of the case.

According to TMZ the Cleveland Police Department has launched an internal probe regarding the case.

“Following an internal review, it has been determined that in February 2018 a member of the Cleveland Division of Police provided a copy of the police report involving the February 10, 2018 assault incident at The 9 [hotel] to a representative from the National Football League,” the department said in a statement issued to TMZ. “The report did not go through the official public records request process.”

This statement suggests that someone skirted the regular procedures, and it harmonizes the NFL’s position on the matter with a Tuesday report from the Kansas City Star that an official records request wasn’t submitted by the NFL until Friday, the day that the video of the assault emerged on TMZ. (Some in the media have suggested that the report regarding the absence of an official records request was irresponsible; the new statement from the Cleveland Police Department confirms and validates the report. The NFL indeed didn’t make an official request, but it did somehow get its hands on the paperwork.)

The Cleveland Police Department also said that it is examining the “overall response” to the incident. Though no specifics were provided, it’s possible that the Cleveland Police Department will investigate the decision not to request the video of the incident on the basis that the alleged crime was a misdemeanor not a felony.

A crime is a crime is a crime, and it’s possible that someone decided to try to keep the video permanently out of view by not requesting it from the hotel. That plan became derailed when TMZ got the video, presumably by paying for it.

22 responses to “Report: Cleveland Police department explores handling of Kareem Hunt case

  1. The arriving police just needed to go to the hotel security room to view the tape, they obviously didn’t do the simplest part of the investigation. The victim female was dealt a great disservice by Cleveland police.

  2. I think the Cleveland Police Department does an awesome job. Their officers put their lives on the line for us every single day. They’re honorable men and women and I salute them.

  3. Again no offense but the fact that something done wrong is part of a cover up or conspiracy, please stop. Cop doesn’t do the right thing it might just be because they didn’t do the right thing. Happens in every industry. Sometimes people just don’t do the right thing. Has nothing to do with rich or poor, NFL or everyman. People do the wrong thing every day.

    At least in this case someone is looking into why.

  4. Said the Cleveland police – we’d much rather claim Hunt on Waivers than accept anything less than the 1st round draft pick which is rightfully ours every year.

  5. Weird thing there charliecharger……..You can love the police and be critical when they eff up from time to time. It’s so odd that you can’t be critical of them without “hating” them. Grow up Charlie.

  6. Nobody had to go to the hospital amd there were no injuries. The two parties didn’t reside together and one would be leaving town shortly. Cleveland is a big city. The police may have deemed the situation as defused and not serious enough to make an arrest.

  7. Speaking of investigative failures, the NFL hasn’t even questioned Hunt yet. And he has been involved in 3, count them THREE different assaults. Mind boggling. Yet they claim they investigated…

  8. Do your job right The first time. That’s all. Don’t wait for public backlash to try and fix it.

    Just think: if not for the video, nothing would’ve gotten done.

  9. But they were happy to spend over $20 million and interview 67 different people over air pressure in some footballs. #PRIORITIES
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    Speaking of investigative failures, the NFL hasn’t even questioned Hunt yet. And he has been involved in 3, count them THREE different assaults. Mind boggling. Yet they claim they investigated…

  10. So the police nessed up, got it.

    But doesn’t this also mean that the NFLs claim of being unaware is false? Before they were talking about their official request as being when they became aware, but this sounds like they knew all along, did not care, and are now only responding to public outcry.

  11. “The police may have deemed as diffused and not serious enough to make an arrest”.
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    Then why is the investigation being reopened? If the original decision was correct the department should stand behind it and be done with the matter. By reopening, the department is admitting that original action, or inaction, was erroneous.

  12. It is ALWAYS the cover-up that comes back to bite people on the behind. Anyone in a high profile position or position of responsibility that doesn’t get that, has no business being in the position they are.

  13. Police Departments should and will treat NFL cases just like they were normal cases. An NFL player is a normal job in the eyes of the law. They have tons of domestic abuse cases to review and sadly, they don’t all get investigated properly as a result. If a case was reopened, it’s because it was requested to be reopened by someone involved that had sufficient evidence or reason that it should be.


  14. cardinealsfan20 says: “Then why is the investigation being reopened? If the original decision was correct the department should stand behind it and be done with the matter. By reopening, the department is admitting that original action, or inaction, was erroneous.”
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    They’re not reopening the case. They are investing how a private organization (ie NFL) got their hands on the police report without going through proper channels or filing the paperwork.

  15. While it’s no surprise that the NFL botched this, I think we should keep in mind that Hunt was the one that committed the crime and Hunt was the one that lied about it and tried to make it seem less bad than it was despite knowing there was a video and hoping it would never come out.

  16. “They’re not reopening the case”
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    The above article states: “The Cleveland Police Department also said that it is examining the “overall response” to the incident”.

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