Parma man shot by Cleveland police officer had history of police issues

PARMA, Ohio - A 5 On Your Side investigation has uncovered a Parma man shot by a Cleveland officer on July 4 had a history of law enforcement issues.

Daniel Ficker, 27, was shot and killed by Cleveland police officer Matthew Craska at his Wareham Drive home at approximately 12:10 a.m. on July 4, according to Parma police.

Ficker was convicted of carrying a concealed weapon for a 2005 incident in Brooklyn, according to Cuyahoga County court records.

A Brooklyn police investigative report showed Ficker "kicked a wall" and was "disruptive" at Aces Bar and Grille in the Biddulph plaza on July 6, 2005.

Ficker "made threats" after the manager asked him to leave the bar and said, "I got oozies and AK's. I'll off all you (expletive)," according to the report.

The report also indicated Ficker admitted to owning a gun found in a glove box in the car he was in after the bar's manager called police for help.

Furthermore, it stated Ficker was "uncooperative" and "refused to answer any medical questions or provide personal information."

Ficker also faced legal troubles in Parma. On March 1, a warrant was issued for Ficker and he was taken to jail for failing to appear in court on a noise citation.

On August 18, 2008, a woman told police she believed Ficker was the prowler who had knocked on her 16-year-old daughter's bedroom window because he had made "an inappropriate comment to her."

But no charges were ever filed.

Parma police Capt. Robert DeSimone is in charge of the investigation into Ficker's death. He said Ficker's past will not affect the outcome of his investigation.

"I have to play this middle of the road. I have to protect the Ficker family and all the friends and everybody and I have to protect the police officers' family," said DeSimone. "They have to realize the investigation will be done as completely and impartially as possible."

Ficker's family and friends have started a campaign called "Justice for Dan."

They believe Ficker would not have started an argument with a police officer. "He's just the son that you want to have. He's a just great son," said Bernadette Rolen, Ficker's mother.

DeSimone said it will be weeks before he finishes his investigation into Ficker's death. He is waiting for the final autopsy report and is still gathering evidence.

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