Just Because You Attempt A Murder Suicide Stabbing With Your Multi-Felony, Registered Sex-Offender, Live In Boyfriend Doesn’t Mean That You Can’t Also Be A Good Police Officer

Shani Hannah

CLEVELAND, Ohio -“ An appeals court has ruled that a Cleveland police officer who was fired after she stabbed her boyfriend is allowed to keep her job.

The decision from the 8th Ohio District Court of Appeals is the latest in a four-year battle between the police union and the city over whether officer Shani Hannah should stay on the police force after the March 2012 incident.

An arbitrator in 2013 allowed the 11-year veteran to return to the department in September 2014 after she was fired following a criminal conviction stemming from her stabbing her boyfriend and trying to take her own life.

The city filed a motion in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court to appeal the arbitrator’s decision, claiming the ruling wasn’t in compliance with the law.

The common pleas court found no grounds to reverse the arbitrator’s decision, which led the city to file this appeal.

Mayor Frank Jackson has repeatedly expressed frustration over the arbitration process, which he said often thwarts the city’s attempts to rid the department of bad officers.

Hannah, 40, was drunk when she grabbed her boyfriend by the throat, hit him in the face and stabbed his legs and hands, police said. She ran away from the scene and sent text messages to her boyfriend and children saying that she was going to kill herself.

Police found her parked on a dead-end street with a cord around her neck, officials said. An officer smashed a car window and stopped her from taking her own life. Hannah later admitted that the suicide attempt and text messages were efforts to keep her out of jail, police said.

Hannah was charged with felonious assault. She pleaded guilty to a reduced misdemeanor assault charge.

A judge sentenced her to a suspended 6 months in jail, a year of probation, 25 hours of community service, drug testing and anger management. Then-Cleveland Safety Director Martin Flask wrote in a discharge letter that Hannah was fired because “the use of a weapon to inflict harm on another is inexcusable and unacceptable conduct by an officer.”

While deciding whether to uphold the Cleveland Police Patrolmen’s Association’s call for Hannah’s reinstatement and back pay, the arbitrator questioned Hannah’s ability to make sound judgments.

He discussed one incident in which Hannah drove drunk with her children in the car and later screamed suicide threats.

The arbitrator also brought up Hannah’s decision to maintain a long-term relationship with her live-in boyfriend who was a registered sex offender with an extensive criminal history.

  • Oh yea, that’s the sort of person you want to have access to weapons.

    • Lupus

      Seems like ‘sound decision making’ is not her best attribute. Nope, ‘packin
      iron’ on the job doesn’t strike me as the right kind of job for this person

    • canminuteman

      Yeah, but it’s in Cleveland. She could be the chief before her career is over.

      • Millie_Woods

        To be considered for the chiefs position you have to be able to walk erect.

    • BillyHW

      Could we at least revoke her voter registration?

  • Martin B

    Cleveland really scraped the bottom of Lake Erie to fish her up and put her in uniform.

  • Jonathon Hunt

    Another stellar example of how unions have outlived their usefulness.

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    It’s making us stronger, can’t you feel it?

    • BillyHW

      I feel Metis.

  • Alain

    When authorities see no problem in hiring Muslims to work in airport security, this doesn’t make a big difference.

  • Exile1981

    common sense is dead somewhere on the side of a highway with fire ants eating its corpse.

  • Kell

    You can see the color in that photo, right? THAT’s what Cleveland IS today! We call it ‘Lil Zimbabwe’ for a reason, what used to be a beautiful, vibrant city is now all done!