The family of a Parma man shot to death by a Cleveland police officer is frustrated by the city's lack of action against the two officers involved in his death.
Cleveland - Bernadette Rolen, the mother of a Parma man killed by a Cleveland police officer, said she is "disgusted" by a Cuyahoga County grand jury's decision to exonerate the officer of wrongdoing. She said she plans to file a civil suit and complain to the U.S. Department of Justice.
The grand jury exonerated Matthew Craska for shooting Daniel Ficker, 27, Tuesday afternoon. Craska shot and killed Ficker last July 4 after going to his home with off-duty Cleveland police officer David Mindek to question Ficker about a burglary at Mindek's home. Mindek was charged with dereliction of duty for failing to help Craska. Dereliction of duty, which is a second degree misdemeanor.
Rolen said she cried after hearing about grand jury's ruling Tuesday afternoon. She said the officers involved in her son's death should face serious charges.
Pat D'Angelo, the attorney the Cleveland Police Patrolmen's Association, said he is "happy" Craska was cleared. He said the grand jury's ruling shows Craska "acted heroically" during a difficult situation.
Both officers now face internal affairs investigations.
A Cleveland police officer has been found not guilty for his role in a deadly shooting in Parma last July.
A Cleveland police officer pleaded not guilty to dereliction of duty for his role in the fatal shooting of a Parma man Tuesday morning.
The mother of Parma man shot and killed by a Cleveland police officer said she's "disgusted" by the grand jury ruling.
One of two Cleveland police officers involved in the fatal shooting of a burglary suspect in Parma has been indicted on a misdemeanor charge -- the other was cleared.
Seven months after making the request, NewsChannel5 has obtained the internal affairs, personnel files and other city records of two Cleveland police officers involved a deadly shooting in Parma.