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No trouble for cops who thought woman's body was a deer carcass

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CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) -

We've learned a federal judge has just ruled in favor of the Cleveland Police in a lawsuit after  2 cops thought a dead body was a deer--and they kept driving.

Judge Christopher Boyko has just given the city of Cleveland summary judgement. In other words, a victory without a trial.

In 2010, Angel Bradley-Crocket was beaten, raped, and murdered, then left along I-90. Police got a 911 call about the body, but officers thought it was a deer carcass, so they didn't stop. Hours later, after more 911 calls, other officers realized it was a body.

The judge found, the mistake by the first officers had nothing to with the woman's death. The failure to investigate by the officers was "an indefensible display of carelessness, incompetence, or both". But the court found no violation of civil rights because evidence showed the woman had died before the calls started coming in to 911.

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