Cleveland Police union pleased with DeWine's report

9:25 PM, Feb 5, 2013   |    comments
Photo from the night of the police-involved shooting in which two people were killed.
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CLEVELAND -- The Cleveland Police Patrolman's Union praised Attorney General Mike DeWine and his investigators for producing a quick and thorough investigation report it believes will help exonerate its officers.

The report places much of the blame on failures of police command and communication.

CPPA lawyer, Pat D'Angelo said the report shows that attention should be focused more on the behavior of Timonty Russell and Malissa Williams who died in the pursuit and shooting that followed.

"Yes it's a tragedy. Burt at the end of the day, the actions of the two occupants of the notor vehicle caused what ultimately happened not some systemic breakdown," he said.

Asked about the lack of any solid evidence the suspects had  fired a gun, D'Angelo said, "This won't be the first police shooting where the suspect's gun was never found."

The report  mentions a lack of equipment including stopsticks that might have been useful. A helicoptor was unavailable.

D'Angelo said the department routinely returns some of its budgeted funds to the city. He suggested perhaps more should be spent on such equipment. "Blame the mayor. Blame the safety director for that."

CPPA President Jeff Follmer said,Hearing the Attorney General I feel more confident this was justifiable. This shows the officers perceptions. They were in fear for their lives. That's why they used deadly force.."

That fear would seem to meet the legal requirement for a justifiable shooting. But that decision will be up to a Grand Jury. 


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