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Cleveland city official on paid leave

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Police complaint filed against Building and Housing Deputy Director David Cooper Police complaint filed against Building and Housing Deputy Director David Cooper
CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) -

You will not find the City of Cleveland's Building and Housing Deputy Director David Cooper in his office at City Hall.

He's on paid administrative leave pending City Hall's internal investigation into two bizarre incidents -- including one at the Horseshoe Casino in downtown Cleveland.

Early this week 19 Action News reporter Scott Taylor discovered a complaint was filed with the city after alleged incidents where Cooper misused his office to intimidate, became verbally abusive and or threatened members of the business community and city employees.

One of those incidents happened on Thursday, February 6.

According to a police report the Ohio Casino Control Commission detained Cooper because of his irrational and threatening behavior in the casino. He was asked to leave and he refused.  

Cleveland cops responded to what they are calling a crisis intervention.  

An officer determined Cooper needed to be evaluated at a hospital and Cleveland Police took Cooper to the Cleveland Clinic.

A pre-discipline hearing was to have taken place on February 12 but that has been postponed.

Deputy Director Cooper has not been arrested or charged with a crime. He also has not been found to have done anything wrong but City Hall's investigation continues.

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