Cuyahoga County Prosecutor

"Justice delayed is justice denied." -- William E. Gladstone

Hotlines

Child Abuse/ Neglect  216.696.KIDS
Children Who Witness Violence  216.443.7345
Crime Stoppers  216.252.7463
Cuyahoga County Whistleblowers  216.698.2999
Domestic Violence Help  216.391.4357
Elder Abuse  216.420.6700
Environmental Crime  800.282.9378
MADD/Victim-Survivor Help  877.MADD.HELP
Ohio Consumer Protection  800.282.0515
Rape Crisis Center Help  216.619.6192
Suicide Prevention  216.623.6888

In The Community








A letter to the community
regarding Police Use of Deadly Force cases

When I ran for Cuyahoga County Prosecutor in 2012, I promised to change the way we handled investigations when a police officer shoots and kills a civilian in the line of duty. It used to be that the prosecutor personally reviewed the police investigation of a civilian death and made a decision whether or not to charge. If there was an investigation, it likely was just a series of police reports, none of them shared with the public. That allowed suspicions to develop as to what actually happened. Community confidence suffered, and the opportunity to learn practical lessons regarding tactics, training and equipment was lost. The last thing anyone wants is for history to repeat itself if an error or a crime occurred.

Read the entire letter here.

News from the Prosecutor’s Office

Ohio Supreme Court reverses decision in Cleveland rape kit case that drew national attention

The Ohio Supreme Court today unanimously reversed the decision of a Cleveland appeals court in a rape kit case being watched across the country. more...

Cleveland babysitter gets prison time after returning 2-year-old girl with bruises, burns

A Cleveland babysitter who returned a toddler with bruises, welts, second-degree burns and missing hair was sentenced Wednesday to three years in prison.
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Fatal shooting by Metroparks Rangers ruled justifiable

The Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office has completed its review and concluded that Cleveland Metroparks Rangers Chelsea McLellan and Kyle Schultz were reasonable and justified in their use of deadly force when they shot and killed Derek Stokes on December 8, 2015. more...

Burglars who beat Parma man with a frying pan get decade-plus sentences

Three men will each spend over a decade in prison after a burglary attempt that left a Parma man tied up and bleeding in his attic earlier this year. more...

Jovan Hayes sentenced to 20 years for shooting of teenager

Jovan D. Hayes who shot and wounded a 13-year-old boy last September, has been sentenced to 20 years in prison, Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy J. McGinty announced today. more...