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.
CLEVELAND - Clergy from several Cleveland-area churches will hold a news conference on Tuesday to react to the police-involved shooting that left two people dead.
Representatives from United Pastors in Mission, the Baptist Ministers Conference and the Pastors Council will meet at noon at the Cuyahoga County Justice Center.
"Clergy are greatly concerned that the case is now being tried in the media and the emphasis has moved away from the criminal investigation. We need to let the criminal process continue and we are calling for a fair and unbiased investigation of criminal negligence and the possible use of excessive use of deadly force, " said Rev. Dr. Tony Minor, Executive Director of the United Pastors in Mission, in a news release on Monday.
On Nov. 29, Cleveland police officers chased two suspects through the city. The chase eventually ended near an East Cleveland middle school, where officers shot and killed Timothy Russell and his passenger, Malissa Williams.
Just last week, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine released information on the chase, calling it a "systemic failure" in the Cleveland Police Department as police policies were not followed.
"It is the role of the officers that must remain the center of attention of the criminal investigation. All other discussions or finger pointing does not change the fact that a thorough investigation of the role of the officers is what is best for the city, family of the victims and all officers involved," Minor said.
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.
75 Cleveland patrol officers have been found in violation of departmental rules and regulations for their roles in a deadly November chase.