Police: Progress in fatal police pursuit review

6:54 PM, Jan 29, 2013   |    comments
Photo from the night of the police-involved shooting in which two people were killed.
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CLEVELAND -- Cleveland safety services say there's progress in the administrative review of that high-speed police chase that ended in the shooting death of two people.

A review committee is trying to determine whether police acted within the guidelines while pursueing Malissa Williams and Timothy Russell back in November.

With 99 percent of the investigative data in, this is what they know:

  • 63 Cleveland police cars were involved in the pursuit
  • 115 police personnel interviews are ongoing
  • Committee listened to police radio transmissions and viewed video of the chase from eight sources
  • Supervisors from three of the five districts involved have been questioned
  • The review committee is expanding its inquiry.

"We look at all those areas, policy training etc...they'll issue a report to my office, and if we have to change the way we do business, we will," Police Chief Michael McGrath said.

The administrative review was supposed to be completed by the end of this week. That deadline has been postponed indefinitely.

The city is waiting for the Bureau of Criminal Investigation to complete certain interviews before wrapping up its investigation.


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