CLEVELAND - The City of Cleveland says the Cleveland police officer involved in a downed power line incident that left a 12-year-old girl critically wounded has been suspended for five days without pay.
The official letter from the city regarding officer Gary Stiegelmeyer was released Friday.
On Nov. 1, 2012, Gasia Thomas, 12, was walking home from school around 3 p.m. when she touched a down power line in the area of E.123rd Street and Iriqouis Avenue in Cleveland, Ohio.
Thomas was rushed to University Hospital Rainbow Babies were she was listed in critical condition for several months.
Around 8 a.m. on the day of the incident, Cleveland Police and FirstEnergy were notified of the downed line by residents. Officers arrived to the area to check the scene around 9:47 a.m., and it was determined that the wire appeared to be an AT&T telephone line and not a live power line.
Cleveland police were sent to check on the line and reported it as a downed phone line instead of a live downed power line.
Following the incident, the City of Cleveland and Cleveland Police announced a review by the Cleveland Division of Police Integrity Control Section was ordered by Cleveland Police Chief Michael McGrath.
Stiegelmeyer was charged with leaving the scene without being properly relieved.
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