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Carl Monday: Sergeant Stay-At-Home investigation

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4th District police headquarters is the city's busiest police station. It's on the east side, in the heart of Cleveland's most crime-ridden neighborhood.

So why is a police cruiser---in the middle of the day---parked in the driveway of a west side home in the 2nd district, nearly nine miles away?

In a hidden camera investigation, 19 Action News Chief Investigator Carl Monday caught Sgt. Dean Graziolli during his work day at his home near Fulton Avenue and it wasn't just once.  Monday and his team documented the veteran officer's car in his drive fourteen times.

City Safety Director Marty Flask isn't amused. When asked by Monday what the policy is for leaving the district for non police matters, Flask replied:  "It's unacceptable conduct.  You're not allowed to do that without permission."

On a typical day, Graziolli starts work at 6am but our hidden cameras caught him leaving the station only hours into his shift in his police cruiser, then making the cross-town trip to Wichita Avenue off Fulton. He was using a city car, city gas, and staying up to three hours on city time.  He then would drive back to the 4th district to return his police vehicle, before returning home in his personnel SUV, on some days well before his shift ended.

After 19 Action News wanted to know what Graziolli was supposed to be doing on the days he was driving home. Then after we asked the Chief's office for his duty logs -- no surprise what happened next. The homesick sergeant started working a full day and arriving home in his personal vehicle.

"Good to see you working a full day today," Monday told Graziolli as he pulled into his driveway. "Where's your patrol car?"  "Oh, it's back in the district, sir," answered Officer Graziolli.

So how was Graziolli getting away with it for so long? His duty logs make no mention of the home visits. A couple of times he did say he was stopping at 2nd district headquarters.

But Monday has plenty of video of him on duty, at home. On several occasions, he can be seen taking out the trash.

Monday asked the officer what taxpayers would say if they knew...

"Without discussing with my superiors I wouldn't want to make any comments to you that are inappropriate," said Officer Graziolli.

Were the Sergeant's superiors aware of his west side excursions?  Monday went to the 4th district to find out but the Commander refused to meet or call Monday.  The Officer in Charge gave him the brush off and told him to call the Public Information Officer.

Are some cops getting special privileges?  Safety Director Flask says "absent a family emergency, there's no justification for it."

Many of Graziolli's duty logs show he was "monitoring radio broadcasts to follow up on assignments." 

Was he monitoring the calls from the comforts of his home? 

19 Action News has requested copies of the 9-1-1 calls on days his cruiser was parked in his drive.

Graziolli does have the department's permission to work off duty, including a job at the Horseshoe Casino. Could it be, he was coming home to catch a nap?

The Chief's office did send a brief email and as a result of Monday's probe, the Chief's office says the Police Integrity Unit has launched its own investigation into Graziolli.  If they find anything like what we found, Flask says Graziolli would be "potentially charged with dereliction of duty."

You can be sure, Carl Monday & his investigative team will stay on the case---of "Sergeant Stay-At-Home."

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