Statement | Family reacts to indictments

The family of Malissa Williams has released a written statement regarding the grand jury indictments against six officers connected to a deadly November 2012 chase and shooting.

WIlliams and Timothy Russell died after being shot in a hail of gunfire as the chase ended in a school parking lot.

Here is the written statement released by the family of Malissa Williams.

The Williams family would like to sincerely thank the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office.

We feel there is an opportunity for justice to be served. We also plan to move forward with our Complaint against the named defendants. But more importantly, we would like to reiterate that this is an opportunity for the community to collaborate and come together--not to be divided.

Now is the time for us to join and have positive dialogue about solutions. We need to figure out how the police department can work better with the community and not against them.

This is a time for community solidarity in Northeast Ohio. We miss Malissa everyday. We also extend our sympathies to the family of Timothy Russell.

But as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., once said, "We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope."

Dr. King also said, "Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that."

Again, the Williams family asks for the Greater Cleveland community to come together and to let this tragedy be adjudicated in the courts.


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