Disciplinary hearings slated for high ranking officers in deadly chase
Cleveland deadly police chase, November 2012
CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) -
The two highest ranking officers involved in a police chase that turned deadly will have disciplinary hearings before the Safety Director.
Captain Ulrich Zouhar and Lt. Paul Wilson will have their hearings on Wednesday.
This comes after four sergeants went before the Safety Director on Monday. Six more sergeants will go before the Police Chief in the next several days.
The officers who go before the Safety Director face punishment up to firing. The ones before the Chief face punishment up to 10 days suspension.
No decisions are expected to be made about the punishment until all of these hearings are held. More discipline will be handed out later to dozens of patrol officers who took part in the chase.
Last November, dozens of police cars chased Timothy Russell across town and into East Cleveland. Officers first saw the car speeding and heard what appeared to be a gunshot coming from it. The driver refused to stop, and officers reported seeing a weapon in the car, but no gun was ever found. Police ultimately killed Russell and his passenger, Malissa Williams.