Lt. Tyson reinstated to position
by JOYANNA LOVE Senior Staff Writer
Aug 31, 2014 | 1314 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Steve Tyson has been reinstated as the Cleveland Police Department Criminal Investigations Property Crimes Division lieutenant.

Cleveland City manager Janice Casteel said Tyson was reinstated Thursday after he, his wife and son signed forms releasing the city of any liability related to medical information it may have released that should have been kept confidential.

The Cleveland City Council had voted to give this option in the same meeting it approved allowing for “mitigating circumstances,” such as a spotless record during previous years of service, to be considered before an officer was dismissed based on a failed drug test.

Tyson had been placed on leave of absence on July 2 following a failed drug test and set to appeal his potential dismissal during a hearing Friday.

During a Cleveland City Council Meeting held Friday, Councilman Dale Hughes, who had been absent when the initial discussion had taken place expressed concerns.

Councilman Richard Banks Banks asked for city staff to give the Council information on what happened when and the policy that was used to “justify some of the actions.”

He said the information could be used in an effort to understand the situation as the Council moves forward with changing the citywide policy.

The motion passed unanimously.

Hughes said he had numerous calls and three face-to-face conversations on the issue. He said he was “bothered” about what had been reported on the situation.

“I would be remiss and derelict in my duties as a councilman not to bring those up,” Hughes said. “(It stated) the investigation started before the chief had talked to Lt. Tyson and his car was pulled and his gun was pulled, and I just want to ask a question, Chief, is that true?”

“The information I received was that he had a positive drug screen. At that time, I initiated an internal affairs investigation. That is standard practice, any time you start an internal affairs investigation is turned over to an internal affairs investigator, to protect the liability of the city property that could cause the most danger, which is the weapon and the vehicle, is placed in a safe place, ” Cleveland Police Department chief David Bishop said.

“The (drug) test was given on June 18. We did not receive information until July 2.”

Hughes said he felt the chief should have had a meeting with Tyson to assess the situation.

“And if it wasn’t stopped at your level, it should have been stopped at the (city) manager’s level,” Hughes said. “I have had more calls on this than anything since I have been on the Council … he deserved better treatment than this.”

Hughes asked who notified the District Attorney’s office of the situation.

“I have to any time a police officer breaks the law,” Bishop said.

Tyson has returned to work in the police department, according Casteel.