Cleveland PD Launches Internal Investigation Into Handling of Kareem Hunt Case

Ruben Hill
December 7, 2018

Cleveland police said they did not receive a formal request from the league until after TMZ published video of the incident, which occurred at the Metropolitan at the 9 in downtown Cleveland.

Cleveland police launched an investigation Wednesday into the department's response to a violent February incident allegedly involving former Kansas City Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt - but cops will also probe how the National Football League was able to get its hands on a police report without filing a request through official channels. "The report did not go through the official public records request process".

The police announced the investigation in a statement on the department's public records website Wednesday evening. The list indicated no request by league officials until TMZ published the brutal footage on November 30. As you might recall, Hunt lost his job, was put on the commissioner's exempt list, all within hours of the hotel video surfacing.

The Chiefs released Hunt on Friday and he cleared waivers on Monday, meaning he is a free agent. Several news organizations, however, as well as someone named "Greg T" and another woman named Kelly Ottinger did seek various records from police in the aftermath of the alleged assault. The report says the man told police he was "jumped", by a group of men that included Atkinson and Hunt, and "was struck on his body and head multiple times with the majority of blows being kicks from the suspects", according to William Joy of KMBC.

The NFL said Tuesday it had obtained reports written by the officers who responded to the incident.

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