Larry McDonald Jr.

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Service Record

East Cleveland Ohio Police Department

Dates of Service Part-time from October 15, 2007 - March 3, 2017.[1]
Last Known Status Separated[1]

University Circle Ohio Police Department

Dates of Service Part-time from October 3, 2014 - January 28, 2021.[1]
Last Known Status Separated

Cleveland Ohio Police Department

Dates of Service May 12, 2017 - March 6, 2018.[1]
Last Known Status Resigned[2]

East Cleveland Ohio Police Department

Rank Sergeant (Commander)
Dates of Service March 5, 2018 - May 23, 2023.[1]
Last Known Status Resigned[3]

Put-in-Bay Ohio Police Department

Dates of Service Part-time from May 18, 2019 - November 25, 2019.[1]
Last Known Status Separated

Incident Reports

2019 Interceding

On October 23, 2019, a woman was arrested on a misdemeanor assault complaint. McDonald helped to get the woman released from jail without bond, in exchange for her agreeing to go on a date with him.[2]

In November 2019, the woman filed a complaint.[2]

Response Timeline

McDonald was suspended for 10 days without pay.[4]

2020 Missing Evidence

In 2020, McDonald made comments to another officer about removing marijuana from the department's evidence locker.[4]

Response Timeline

An internal investigation found no marijuana missing from evidence.[4]

2021 Shooting of Vincent Belmonte

On January 5, 2021, McDonald attempted to stop Belmonte's vehicle. Belmonte led McDonald on a chase until he crashed and fled on foot. McDonald turned off his body-worn camera as he exited his vehicle to pursue Belmonte. McDonald claims to have seen Belmonte turn and point a gun at him, prompting McDonald to fire, striking Belmonte.[4]

Belmonte died at the hospital.[4]

A gun was found in the pocket of Belmonte's sweatshirt.[4]

Response Timeline

McDonald claimed that he was attempting to turn on his body-worn camera when he turned it off.[4]

McDonald received a written reprimand for failing to turn on his body camera.[4]

On October 22, 2021, a Cuyahoga County grand jury declined to charge McDonald after considering charges of murder, felonious assault, and tampering with evidence.[4]

2023 Vehicle Pursuit

News coverage with body-worn video

On March 12, 2023, McDonald attempted to stop a vehicle for a traffic violation. The vehicle fled, and McDonald pursued it until it crashed in Cleveland. McDonald did not stop at the scene nor notify anyone of the crash. McDonald drove to a lounge.[3]

The driver of the car called Cleveland police, who contacted the East Cleveland police department. East Cleveland Sergeant Anthony Holmes called McDonald, who denied seeing the crash.[3][5]

Part of the incident and response was captured on McDonald's body-worn camera.[6]

Response Timeline

During the investigation, it was found that Holmes withheld knowledge of McDonald's involvement.[3]

On May 23, 2023, McDonald resigned.[6]

On May 23, 2023, McDonald was indicted on charges of tampering with evidence, failure to stop after an accident, telecommunications fraud, obstructing official business, and dereliction of duty.[3]

On May 23, 2023, Holmes was indicted on charges of tampering with evidence, telecommunications fraud, obstructing justice, obstructing official business, and dereliction of duty.[3]

As of February 7, 2024, the criminal proceedings were still open.[7]

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