12 Cleveland police supervisors facing disciplinary action for role in deadly Nov. 29 chase/shooting

CLEVELAND - Cleveland police chief said a dozen supervisors are facing disciplinary action as a result of an internal investigation into a chase and shooting that left two suspects dead.

During a news conference Tuesday, Chief Michael McGrath said 12 supervisors – one captain, one lieutenant and 10 sergeants – did not follow policy. There were a total of 46 supervisors on duty the night of the Nov. 29 chase that ended when officers fired 137 shots at a car, killing Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams.

McGrath said a list of the supervisors and the charges each is facing was released at the end of the news conference.

Here's a breakdown of each supervisor facing discipline and the violations associated:

1. Captain Ulrich Zouhar #6543: Mission statement, values mission statement, standards of conduct and courtesy, patrol and patrol supervision, duties of command and superior officers, automatic vehicle locator system, manual of rules, civil service rule

2. Lieutenant Paul Wilson #8477: Mission statement, values mission statement, standards of conduct and courtesy, patrol and patrol supervision, emergency respsonse driving, duties of command and superior officers, manual of rules, civil service rule

3. Sergeant Mathew Putnam #9081: Mission statement, values mission statement, standards of conduct and courtesy, patrol rifle, vehicle pursuits, emergency response driving, automatic vehicle locator system, manual of rules, civil service rule

4. Sergeant Michael Donegan #9067: Duty report, patrol and patrol supervision, vehicle pursuits, duties of command and superior officers, automatic vehicle locator system, manual of rules, civil service rule

5. Sergeant Patricia Coleman #9987: Mission statement, values mission statement, duty report, vehicle pursuits, emergency response driving, automatic vehicle locator system, manual of rules, civil service rule

6. Sergeant Randolph Daley #9049: Mission statement, values mission statement, standards of conduct and courtesy, vehicle pursuits, emergency response driving, duties of command and superior officers, automatic vehicle loacator system, manual of rules, civil service rule

7. Sergeant Jason Edens #9052: Mission statement, values mission statement, standards of conduct and courtesy, patrol and patrol supervision, emergency response driving, duties of command and superior officers, manual of rules, civil service rule

8. Sergeant Brian Chetnik #9114: Mission statement, values mission statement patrol and patrol supervision, vehicle pursuits, duties of command and superior officers, automatic vehicle locator system, manual of rules, civil service rule

9. Sergeant Brian Lockwood #9119: Mission statement, values mission statement, standards of conduct and courtesy, patrol and patrol supervision, duties of command and superior officers, automatic vehicular locator system, manual of rules, civil service rule

10. Sergeant Mark Bickerstaff #9001: Mission statement, values mission statement, standards of conduct and courtesy, patrol and patrol supervision, emergency response driving, duties of command and superior officers, automatic vehicular locator system, manual of rules, civil service rule

11. Sergeant Matthew Gallaher #9102: Mission statement, values mission statement, standards of conduct and courtesy, patrol and patrol supervision, emergency response driving, duties of command and superior officers, automatic vehicle locator system, manual of rules civil service rule

12. Sergeant Richard Martinez #9055: Mission statement, values mission statement, standards of conduct and courtesy, patrol and patrol supervision, duties of command and superior officers, automatic vehicle locator system, manual of rules, civil service rule

*** Note: For the "manual of rules" and "civil service" violations, different sections of the rules are listed for each officer.

According to McGrath, the fraternal order of police has been notified about the supervisors to be disciplined.

The supervisors being disciplined showed a lack of leadership that night, McGrath said.

"In hindsight, I would have acted differently, but I was not there," said McGrath.

A news conference at a later date will reveal disciplinary actions against the officers who were not compliant during the chase.

Last week during a news conference, the department revealed that 61 percent of the officers on duty the night of the chase did not violate policies or procedures, and 36 percent were in non-compliance. Also, the department said 65 percent of supervisors on duty followed policy/procedure, while 13 percent were not in compliance.

The Department of Justice earlier this year launched an investigation into the Cleveland Division of Police, and said a pattern of events prompted the case to be opened. The DOJ has since met with community members and groups who voiced their concerns about Cleveland police.

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