12 supervisors to be disciplined in deadly chase

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CLEVELAND --  Cleveland Police Chief Michael McGrath says twelve supervisors will be disciplined in connection with a deadly police chase and shooting last November.

Chief McGrath says a captain, a lieutenant and 10 sergeants will be disciplined.  The city is providing a full list of names and charges.

The names are:

Capt. Ulrich Zouhar

Lt. Paul Wilson

Sgt. Mathew Putnam

Sgt. Michael Donegan

Sgt. Patricia Coleman

Sgt. Randolph Daley

Sgt. Jason Edens

Sgt. Brian Chetnik

Sgt. Brian Lockwood

Sgt. Mark Bickerstaff

Sgt. Matthew Gallagher

Sgt. Richard Martinez

See what each faces in attached PDF: http://on.wkyc.com/18aXpYc

McGrath says those being disciplined were not involved in the communications during the chase that night.  He characaterized the twelve facing disciplined as failing to provide leadership.

McGrath says all 12 showed a lack of leadership during the 19-mile chase in November that went through downtown Cleveland and other neighborhoods before ending in gunfire that killed teh driver Timothy Russell and his passenger Malissa Williams.

Both had cocaine in their systems but neither was armed. An internal police review showed that officers and supervisors broke policies.

McGrath says a review is continuing into whether any officers will be disciplined. The county prosecutor is conducting a separate grand jury investigation into possible criminal wrongdoing.

The announcement at a Tuesday news conference comes a week after the city reviewed its internal investigation into the chase and shooting.

The city's review focused solely on whether departmental procedures and rules were followed. It did not touch on the use of deadly force.

The Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Office is leading the criminal review into the chase and shooting and that investigationg is still ongoing.

The city will next review whether any patrol officers failed to follow department procedure and whether any will be disciplined.

The Nov. 29 chase left Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams dead.  The two died after a lengthy chase involving dozens of police vehicles.  The chase ended in a shootout during which officers fired 137 shots.


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