Cleveland Safety Director Karrie Howard fired officer James Hummel, a 19-year veteran officer. Hummel had been on restricted duty since he tested positive for cocaine on Aug. 23, 2018.
Cleveland Police Patrolmen’s Association President Jeff Follmer said the union is still deciding whether or not they will appeal the decision to an arbitrator.
Hummel that day showed up for his regular shift and was required to take a random drug test, according to court records. The results came back positive for cocaine two days later.
Hummel was charged in October 2018 with using weapons while intoxicated, a first-degree misdemeanor, because he possessed his city-issued weapon while intoxicated, according to court records.
It was the second time Hummel was charged with a crime while on duty. Hummel was convicted in 2009 of negligent assault after he used a stun gun on a gas station employee.