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Cleveland Police Supervisors Face Discipline In Deadly Pursuit

April 30, 2013  | 

Photo courtesy of Ohio AG.
Photo courtesy of Ohio AG.
Twelve Cleveland police supervisors face disciplinary hearings for failing to control a deadly high-speed chase that resulted in the deaths of two unarmed suspects at an East Cleveland school.

Police Chief Michael McGrath said Tuesday that his office and the agency's Integrity Control Section have reviewed the supervisors' actions on Nov. 29 and determined that they violated the department's mission statement, standards of conduct, and several rules on vehicle pursuits, reports the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

The supervisors include a captain, lieutenant and 10 sergeants. All have been with the department since 1998 and one is a 28-year veteran. Other officers could also face disciplinary action, and 13 officers who used deadly force face possible criminal charges. Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy McGinty is now completing that investigation, the agency announced last week. Those 13 officers would be subject to a departmental review following the criminal investigation.

The Cleveland Division of Police's internal review determined that 98 officers and 15 supervisors had some role in the pursuit. There were 322 officers on duty that night.

"Overall, the majority of officers and supervisors who were on duty during the pursuit on Nov. 29 followed policies and procedures," according to an April 24 statement by Chief McGrath. "However, the evidence presented by the committee indicates that there were infractions."

In February, the Ohio Attorney General said the pursuit revealed a "systematic failure" within the department. In March, the Department of Justice opened a civil rights investigation of the department.

Following the 20-minute chase that involved 62 patrol vehicles, suspects Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams were killed in a hail of police gunfire. Some 137 rounds were fired at their Chevrolet Malibu.

Comments (10)

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DEADMAN @ 4/30/2013 6:45 PM

They should start with the mayor,then safety director,then the chief,they threw the men under the bus and the initial report wasn't even finished.Obama sent his racist headhunter to investigate,lopez,the one obama wants to make labor secratary.The attorney general had it right,systemic failure starting at the top.

Capt. Crunch @ 4/30/2013 7:07 PM

Why stop here why not arrest the parents of Russell and Williams for creating these monsters. If you don't want to get shot by the police,don't do the crime. Why is this so hard for these morons to understand.

PCB @ 4/30/2013 7:38 PM

Too angry to comment! This is BS! The deceased chose their demise. We have go to stop defending this crap in this country.

Bob @ VA @ 5/1/2013 5:35 AM

The suspects certainly have culpability for precipitating a high speed chase, but 137 rounds at unarmed individuals? This chase will be taught in academies as an object lesson in the breakdown of discipline and procedures under stress. Professionalism requires better.

vincenzino @ 5/1/2013 5:56 AM

Next piece of equipment to become standard issue: Horse Blinders!!

Steve @ 5/1/2013 6:16 AM

Someone behind the wheel of Chevy Malibu travelling at a high rate of speed (and especially one positioned as this one is relative to the police vehicles) is NOT unarmed! They have a 2500 lb. impact weapon for crying out loud!

Ann @ 5/1/2013 7:38 AM

Why were they being chased? This is the first I have heard of this pursuit so I am trying to catch up.

Janet @ 5/1/2013 8:45 AM

I'm sure every Police Dept. has rules & regulations that should be followed and they did not. So they have to face the consequences.

Lee @ 5/1/2013 11:15 AM

Maybe the call came out as an armed robbery or something along those lines prior to initiating the pursuit, and then they pointed the car at an officer at one will know what truly happened, we will only hear what they want us to hear. Hopefully good men do not lose their jobs over a few pursuit violations or OIS' though. These investigators need to remember what it's like in the field and see things for what they are.

RICHARD ISAACS @ 5/11/2013 7:40 PM


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