Chief of embattled Cleveland police promoted

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland police chief under investigation for a chase involving more than 100 officers, 137 shots fired and two apparently unarmed people killed has been promoted.

Mayor Frank Jackson administered the oath Monday to Chief Michael McGrath as safety director in charge of police and fire.

He replaces Martin Flask, who is retiring as safety director after a police career that began in 1973. He will become a special aide to the mayor.

The deputy chief of field operations, Calvin Williams, was appointed chief.

The department is under federal investigation for alleged excessive force. And a county grand jury is investigating the 13 officers who fired shots during the November 2012 chase that left two people dead.

Critics called the shooting a racially motivated execution.

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