NewsChannel5 Investigators have learned the City of Cleveland has hired an outside law firm to represent the city and 13 officers named in a federal lawsuit filed by the family members of the victims of the deadly Nov. 2012 police chase and shooting.
CLEVELAND - Cleveland Police Chief Mike McGrath, under fire by community activists and victims' family members to resign in the wake of the chase turned deadly shooting, is expected to address the black community Thursday night.
The organization Black on Black Crime says McGrath will speak to the crowd at the Harvard Community Center at 7 p.m.
Ward 1 councilman Terrell Pruitt has urged the meeting.
Last week a group of roughly 100 community activists, leaders and family members of Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams called for McGrath and the safety director, among others, to resign.
The family of Daniel Ficker, the man who police killed in 2011, also requested the resignations.
"Since we have called for Police Chief Michael McGrath to resign, we have nothing more to say," said Al Porter, vice president of Black on Black Crime.
On Nov. 29, Cleveland police officers thought they heard gunfire come from the car driven by Russell and Williams near the Justice Center.
A chase ensued and ended with 137 rounds fired , killing both people.
An administrative investigation is still ongoing into the incident.
One year after a high-speed Cleveland police chase, questions remain about how the chase ended with a shootout that left two unarmed people dead.
Family members of the victims of the deadly 2012 Cleveland police chase have filed a lawsuit against the city and several police officers involved.
Cleveland Police Chief Michael McGrath says he foresees a new policy holding supervisors "more accountable" as a result of his review into the Nov. 29, 2012 police chase.
Cleveland Police Chief Michael McGrath announced Tuesday the results of disciplinary hearings for officers involved in the Nov. 29, 2012 deadly chase. 63 patrol officers have been suspended.
Turmoil in the Cleveland Police Department has hurt officer morale, invigorated a mayoral campaign and led to frank discussions about race.
NewsChannel5 investigators learned Cleveland Police Chief Michael McGrath will begin holding disciplinary hearings for officers involved in the Nov. 29 deadly chase Friday.
Disciplinary hearings began on Monday for Cleveland patrol officers facing charges related to the Nov. 29 police chase and shooting.
New details have emerged in the case of two Clevelanders gunned down last year by Cleveland police following a police chase throughout the city.
It was shortly after the Nov. 29 shooting deaths of Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams that East Cleveland Mayor Gary Norton asked something of his law director and prosecutor.