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Budish Issues Statement Regarding the Death of Detective James Skernivitz


Media Contact: Dale Armbruster: 216-698-5767; darmbruster@cuyahogacounty.us

CUYAHOGA COUNTY, OH - County Executive Armond Budish issued the following statement:

“My heart goes out to the family, friends and fellow police officers who knew Detective James Skernivitz. Detective Skernivitz served 28 years on the Cleveland Police Force—as an undercover officer he was on the front lines of important work against gangs. Last night he was shot down.

Police officers throughout the country put their lives on the line every day to protect us from crime and danger. That statement should not be a flashpoint or controversial—unfortunately, these days it is. I am grateful for Detective Skernivitz’s service and I pray for his family. May he rest in peace.”