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Ohio AG: 'Systemic Failure' Caused Cleveland Pursuit OIS

February 06, 2013  | 

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine. Photo courtesy of Ohio AG.
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine. Photo courtesy of Ohio AG.

Attorney General Mike DeWine said Tuesday that a November police chase that ended with the fatal shooting of two suspects revealed a "systemic failure" of the Cleveland Police Department.

"Command failed, communications failed, the system failed," DeWine said at a news conference in which he released results of a state investigation of the chase and shooting. "The system itself failed these officers."

DeWine said that though officers misinterpreted facts and failed to follow rules, the command has to be so strong and training so ingrained to prevent an officer's individual judgement from spiraling out of control.

Read the full Cleveland Plain Dealer story.


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Comments (7)

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JB @ 2/6/2013 6:39 PM

Russell and Williams tested positive for gunshot residue on their hands; however, the report concluded those results were inconclusive.
WHAT DOES THIS MEAN????? They fired weapons and probably threw them out the window near the end of the chase. They used deadly force by driving a 2 ton piece of metal at high speeds to elude Police. The Police are not at fault. They were doing there job. people need to read how many Police are killed in the line of duty (average 1 per every 53 hours). Too many monday morning quarterbacks and Politicians. Lets see some of them take some realistic training scenerios

John R. Fonseca @ 2/7/2013 6:11 AM

Sounds like another politician up for re-election…

colcbp @ 2/7/2013 9:21 AM

Leadership not in control. Communications failures. Officers victimized by training failures and supervisors not controlling operation. Department leadership needs shakeup and better it be handled internally without DOJ involvement.

Ima Leprechaun @ 2/7/2013 9:14 PM

Do not trust anything Mike Dewiner says, he only lies when his lips are moving. He is staunchly anti-police. It is hard to defend Cleveland PD since they do a bunch of really weird stuff but I trust them over DeWiner any day.

Ima Leprechaun @ 2/7/2013 9:17 PM

An automobile is a "deadly weapon". Use of any deadly weapon including a car in (ORC) Ohio Revised Code constitutes use of deadly force for defense.

Ima Leprechaun @ 2/7/2013 9:19 PM

I am accurately spelling DeWiner's name. Every newspaper in the State of Ohio prints his name as De Wine(r) since he is republican. Saves time to just say DeWiner.

DEADMAN @ 2/11/2013 5:43 PM

Ohio A.G. DeWine accurately shows that the rank and file were not to blame as was the complete lack of leadership under the present mayor,chief and safety director,.There was no supervisors supervising that night,they let george do it and if the black community and naacp want to sue anybody,it should be the above mentioned people.They keep spending money on crap but not on adequite training for their rank and file,they should be replaced for failure to do their jobs,they just shine their pants.

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