Parma shooting victim's mother 'disgusted' by grand jury ruling to clear Cleveland officer

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.

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