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CLEVELAND -- It's been just over a year since the crosstown Cleveland police chase that left two unarmed suspects dead and the entire Police Department under the microscope.

Questions were raised about training,equipment, supervision, leadership and discipline.

Terry Gilbert is a lawyer who is part of the lawsuit filed by the families of victims Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams.

"The case demonstrates such a dramatic failure of policing on so many levels. ... This kind of thing cannot be addressed by one order or police procedure or equipment, " he said.

Since the chase, all officers get more mandatory training time on vehicle pursuits.

"You can never get enough training," Cleveland Police Patrolman's Association President Jeff Follmer says.

But he says last week's chase of an armed suspect that started on Cleveland's West Side and ended in Grafton likely was handled differently by officers.

"There were more officers communicating. ... You have police officers thinking in a pursuit like this to make sure they follow GPOs (police orders). They don't want to go through what these officers did," he said.

About 75 supervisors and officers were disciplined for violating rules during the chase.

One supervisor was terminated and two were demoted.

Those who served suspensions are appealing to an arbitrator.

A new radio system that had already been ordered before the chase is now in place and likely will involve less possible confusion.

Body cameras that give an officer's eye view of events are coming. While some officials predicted the first batch would arrive this year, it's taking longer to get bids and order them.

The first batch should be here early next year.

The police helicopter still does not get airtime on a regular basis. It was not used in the chase.

And the Police Department still does not make use of stop-sticks. Stop-sticks helped end last week's chase in Grafton.

But police officials believe they are too dangerous and would not be appropriate for most city chases.

The city intends to now have the county prosecutor directly take control of cases involving officers using deadly force.

Previously, a city prosecutor would review them.

No such cases have happened since the chase.

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