Cleveland: Community reaction to police review of deadly chase

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CLEVELAND -- In a two-hour news conference Wednesday, Cleveland police leaders went through each minute of the deadly police chase that ended in a hail of gunfire on November 29, 2012.

The fleeing suspects, Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams, were killed when officers fired 137 shots.

A critical incident review committee was assigned to look into  whether procedure and policy were broken.

Their findings include evidence that 100 officers and six supervisors working that night may have violated police policy.

Police Chief Michael McGrath will now review the findings and determine possible discipline for officers found acting outside the box.

"This is factual. I would not call this the perfect chase," said McGrath.

Discipline, if taken, could mean a written reprimand, suspension or job termination.

Chief McGrath says a review of policy and training are also part of their internal investigation.

Family of the victims paid attention to the findings today.

"They disobeyed orders. Everybody was their own boss that night," said Walter Jackson.

Jackson is the uncle of Malissa Williams. He says his family has had a rough time since November, still waiting for justification of the chase and consequent deadly gunfire.

"We just want justice. The truth to come out," said Jackson.

Cleveland Police Patrolman's Association President Jeff Fullmer defends his fellow officers' actions.

"We have our rules in place. Everyone understands that, but until you're in a pursuit, you can't explain the adrenaline," Fullmer said.

Also at the Wednesday presentation were members of the United Pastors in Mission. 

"We also want to say we appreciate those officers, those men and women who serve us on a daily basis who perform exceptionally, who follow the rules and who protect and serve. We recognize there's a significant number of those officers as well," said Charles See.


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