Cleveland’s 2019 police officer of the year will keep his award and job after a months-long investigation into his anti-Semitic social media postings concluded without any charges being filed.
Ismail Quran, who was the subject of a Cleveland police internal affairs unit investigation over “inappropriate social media content” that included praise for Adolf Hitler and the Hamas terrorist organization, will keep his job and not face any disciplinary consequences, according to information provided by the police department on Tuesday to the Washington Free Beacon.
“We are frustrated and disappointed that no charges can be filed against Officer Ismail Quran, despite extensive internal investigations by the Cleveland Division of Police (CDP), the City Prosecutor, and the Law Department,” Mayor Justin M. Bibb and Chief of Police Wayne Drummond said in a joint statement. “Officer Quran’s hateful offenses were communicated years before he was hired, making it impossible to successfully enforce discipline.”
Quran will not face any consequences and will keep his 2019 officer of the year award. Even though the investigation was closed with no punitive actions, Bibb and Drummond claimed in their statement that the city has “zero tolerance for hateful and dangerous rhetoric directed at our Jewish communities. This type of hate speech is a horrible example of explicit bias in our police force. We cannot emphasize strongly enough that discrimination of any kind, against anyone, simply will not be tolerated.”