Sunday, August 21, 2011

Car crashes, bar fights and more: The controversial career of Cleveland Police Lt. Jerome Barrow

Written and reported with Gabriel Baird

Over his 32 years on the streets, he's wrecked cars, brawled in bars and been accused of roughing up citizens without cause.

He's also faced criminal charges of aggravated robbery, intoxication and felonious assault.

His name: Jerome Barrow. His occupation: Cleveland police lieutenant, badge No. 8467.

Though he's never been convicted of a crime, more than 1,500 pages of documents obtained by The Plain Dealer detail a career of controversy, including nearly three dozen investigations into his behavior. Privately, colleagues say few, if any, officers have a record so blemished.

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