The city’s Police Department has had to deal with two huge cases recently — the wild Cleveland police chase that concluded with two unarmed suspects shot and killed ended in East Cleveland, and accused serial killer Michael Madison is charged with murdering three woman and dumping their bodies in the city.

Those cases would tax a full-strength police department.

But East Cleveland’s been coping with the layoff of 12 officers since early this year. And 10 laid-off police clerks, dispatchers and corrections officers mean taking even more police off the street.

It’s meant that residents like Jacquice Davis have called for police help that never came.

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