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East Cleveland Police Chief Brian Gerhard to resign effective December 2024

East Cleveland Police Chief Brian Gerhard to resign effective December 2024

East Cleveland Police Chief Brian Gerhard has resigned. According to the city, he submitted his resignation on June 21.

News 5 has reached out to the city for comment on the resignation, but they have only confirmed Gerhard’s resignation. According to his resignation agreement, his resignation date is December 15 and is for “retirement reasons.”

Late last year, attorney Kimberly Kendall Corral sent News 5 copies of alleged text message memes that had been sent or received on the police chief’s cellphone and contained anti-Semitic and racist content.

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The content was so provocative that News 5 could not show it on television or on our website.

Corral said the content, allegedly sent between June 2019 and August 2022, did not come from her client, Kyle Wood, but from other former East Cleveland police officers who wanted to bring it to public attention.

“This was a barrage of targeted, very specific content targeting Jews and people of color,” Corral said last year. “We know that exposing Gerhardt’s misconduct will not make other charges go away, but they are steps to prevent ongoing racist, anti-Semitic, sexist and homophobic persecution.”

Gerhard responded to the allegations regarding the texted memes in December 2023 and made the following statement:

“The ridiculous and unjustified attack on my reputation by the attorney representing former East Cleveland police officers who were charged and convicted in Cuyahoga County Court will have no impact on the cases against them. The memes in question were simply World War II-related content sent to my personal cell phone.”

Gerhard became head in October 2022. He has been in the department since 1998.