Cleveland: City review of deadly police pursuit

3:55 PM, Apr 24, 2013   |    comments
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CLEVELAND -- City officials held a news conference Wednesday regarding the administrative review of the fatal Nov. 29 police pursuit.

Mayor Frank Jackson joined Safety Director Martin Flask, Police Chief Michael McGrath and Police Special Investigations Commander James Chura for the media presentation.

The nearly two-hour presentation went from the time the suspects car was first pulled over to where it pulled into the Heritage School parking lot in East Cleveland.

The review studied the situation regarding the officers and supervisors who had a role in the deadly pursuit. City officials say those facts were compared to the policies and procedures governing police pursuits.

The review showed some officers and supervisors broke police departmental policies while participating in the chase that ended with 13 officers firing 137 rounds and killing two unarmed people.  But officials say most officers followed departmental rules.

Based on this review, it will be determined whether any disciplinary actions are warranted.

The review did not focus on the use of deadly force that occurred at the end of the pursuit, which resulted in the deaths of Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams.

The criminal investigation regarding the use of deadly force was conducted by the State Bureau of Criminal Investigation and turned over by Attorney General Mike DeWine. In early February, DeWine said the chase and shooting was the result of a "systemic failure of the Cleveland Police Department."

That investigation is under review by the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor.


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