Cuyahoga County

Cleveland police officer indicted on felony charges in bar-fight cover-up

Cleveland — A veteran Cleveland police officer has been indicted on felony charges that accuse her of ordering a woman to delete cellphone video of a bar fight between a bouncer and a customer.

A grand jury on Wednesday charged Valerie Thompson with tampering with evidence and tampering with records, third-degree felonies, and dereliction of duty and interfering with civil rights, both misdemeanors. Her arraignment has not been set.

The security guard, Kevin Brenis, was also charged with tampering with evidence.

Thompson, a 22-year veteran police officer, remains free on bond. Brenis has not yet appeared in court.

The charges stem from a closing-time scuffle between Brenis and a customer at West Park Station.

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