Cleveland says 75 officers broke rules in police chase

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Photo from the night of the police-involved shooting in which two people were killed.
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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

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  • CLEVELAND -- The City of Cleveland says the hearing process will begin immediately for police patrol officers involved in a pursuit last November that ended with the fatal shooting of two people.

    A total of 75 of the 104 officers involved in the pursuit last November 29 were found to be in violation of the department's policies and procedures.

    The city says 74 are currently police patrol officers.  According to a city release, "The 75th employee was a patrol officer on Nov. 29th and has since transferred to the Division of Fire and is currently in the Fire Training Academy." The city says despite the transfer, the officer still faces discipline as a result of involvement in the pursuit.

    Nineteen of the cases will be turned over to the City Safety Director for hearings.  The remaining hearings will be handled within the department.  

    The hearings will determine what, if any, discipline the officers will face.  Chief McGrath says the officers face anything from a written reprimand to suspensions. None of the officers face termination according to McGrath.

    The administrative review focused solely on the chase and not the use of deadly force after the pursuit concluded.

    Previously, the city reviewed and disciplined 12 supervisors involved in the pursuit.   The twelve included a captain, a lieutenant and 10 sergeants.  Of that number nine were suspended, two were demoted and one fired.

    The city says it will turn its attention toward reviewing the officers involved in the use of deadly force only after the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor determines if any criminal charges are warranted in the shooting. 

    Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams died after police fired 137 shots at their car in an East Cleveland parking lot.  Neither Russell nor Williams were armed.

    A review in February by Attorney General Mike DeWine concluded both the chase and shooting were the result of a "systemic failure of the Cleveland Police Department."

    Chief McGrath says once the entire criminal and administrative review processes are completed, the city will review its policies, procedures and training to determine if all meet national standards and whether changes are warranted.


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