There are no final determinations regarding what will happen to Cleveland police officers involved in the November chase and shooting that took the lives of two suspects, but it is a start.
The Critical Incident Administrative Review Committee investigation found 75 patrol officers to be in violation of departmental rules and regulations.
The committee reviewed records, interviewed police supervisors, patrol officers and other police personnel and drove the pursuit route to determine if the pursuit followed the Division's policy and procedures. The review was focused solely on those involved in the pursuit, and not those involved in the use of deadly force.
The evidence indicated that there were twelve police supervisors (1 Captain, 1 Lieutenant and 10 Sergeants) involved in administrative infractions related to the pursuit, which resulted in nine suspensions, two demotions and one termination.
The night of November 29, 2012, there were 277 police officers working in Cleveland. The Critical Incident Administrative Review Committee reviewed the duty reports and automated vehicle locators of those officers and it was determined that 104 of the officers were involved in the pursuit in some capacity. Their investigative files were reviewed and it was determined that 75 of the officers involved would be facing some form of disciplinary charges concerning violations.
Once the pre-disciplinary hearings are completed, the Division of Police will review all of the facts and evidence and a determination will made regarding what, if any discipline should be imposed. Discipline could range from a written reprimand up to and including suspensions and terminations.
According to the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor, there is still no ruling on criminal charges. The case is still under evaluation. Once the review is completed, the police will conduct an administrative review of the involved officers' actions.
On November 29, 2012, police chased a car with two people from Cleveland to 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. The 28-minute chase ended with officers firing 137 shots into the car, killing the driver, Timothy Russell and the passenger, Malissa Williams.
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