PERSPECTIVE -- It happened so long ago it's almost history. It's been 542 days since the nightmare, out-of-control, crosstown chase that ended with what amounted to a circular firing squad of police unloading 137 rounds that killed unarmed suspects, Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams. Police were fortunate not to be hit by friendly fire.
Attorney General Mike DeWine called it a "systemic failure." But the big question is, should any police be put on trial for a crime?
We should learn whether any police will face criminal charges by the end of this week or early next week. The grand jury is within days of exhausting its nine-month maximum service.
The 13 police involved in the shooting had to make split-second decisions. The grand jury has been in session since September and has spent months reviewing investigations and new information about exactly what happened that night to make theirs.
This will be the most controversial moment of Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Tim McGinty's time on the job.
He has made public comments strongly suggesting that police personnel will be indicted for a crime.
The Police Patrolman's Union backed his run for election. But that relationship is not what it was then.
The city has already administered discipline to officers and supervisors for violating rules, in many cases improperly joining in the 60-plus car chase without needed permission.
63 officers received suspensions.
9 supervisors were suspended, two demoted and one was fired.
Mayor Frank Jackson demanded and Former Chief, now Safety Director Mike McGrath conducted transparent proceedings with unprecedented accountability.
The city has yet to review the behavior of officers' use of deadly force in the shooting.
All 13 officers firing told investigators they feared for their lives. That usually is the criteria for a "justifiable" shooting.
Much attention has focused on Detective Michael Brelo. He's an Iraqi war veteran who hopped on the hood of the victims' car emptying and reloading his weapon.
But those fears were apparently based on mistaken beliefs that Russell and/or Williams were armed and firing. Some police feared being struck by the getaway car.
Police defenders argue that Russell and Williams would be alive if they had stopped and pulled over.
Police critics call what happened a "massacre" and "execution."
If Cleveland police cars had dashcams, video of what took place would have become an ugly national story.
Seven of nine voting grand jurors must decide to indict for officers to face charges.
No matter what they decide, the community will face another round of a wrenching and difficult debate.
As I write this, the Mayor's office is announcing a press conference to explain measures and seek community support to reduce violence as the weather gets warm.
There are too many guns, lots of drugs and disrespect for life on the street. And the last week which included a deadly gang shootout at a block party and three suspects shot by lawmen does not bode well for the summer ahead.
One way or another, the grand jury's decision could add to the mix.