Families of 2 shot by Cleveland police say justice still isn't served

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Cleveland Police Chase Shootout Investigation

WKYC: Extended coverage


Photos: AG releases images from police chase/shooting


Animation: AG reconstructs shooting


State’s findings at a glance


Video: AG DeWine details his findings


Video: Surveillance shows start of deadly chase


Video: New video released in police chase


PDF: State’s summary of findings for prosecutor


PDF: Chase/shooting timeline of events


PDF: City outlines supervisors’ punishments


PDF: ME report on Timothy Russell


PDF: ME report on Malissa Williams

CLEVELAND -- For the families of Malissa Williams and Timothy Russell, this was a day they've been waiting for.

They were watching and getting updates from others as the Chief of Cleveland Police announced his decision to terminate one police supervisor, demote two others and suspend eight more.

Dorothy Sigelmeier has spent months calling for justice for her niece, Malissa Williams. She says this news was no consolation.

"They should be held accountable. They are not new at this stuff. When they got into the force, they knew what they were doing," says Sigelmeier.

David Malik, attorney for Williams family, says the discipline is a good first step and showed that the Cleveland Police Department has major flaws, following the police pursuit and subsequent shooting.

"If this is a step towards correcting it, then it's a giant step," says Malik.

For Malik and his clients, their fight is far from over.

They're holding out hope that justice will be served -- in their eyes -- after the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Tim McGinty's criminal review.

"I think they need to extend the same kind of thoroughness to the deadly force investigation. And they really need to determine, who did what, when it was done, who was at fault in terms of deadly force," says Malik.


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