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 - One week after the police chase and shooting that triggered a wave of reactions across northeast Ohio, Cleveland public safety leaders are holding a forum to put community concerns at ease.
The gathering, set for tonight from 6 p.m to 8 p.m. at Abyssinia Baptist Church, 1161 E. 105th Street, will feature Cleveland Public Safety Director Martin Flask as well as Police Chief Michael McGrath.
The two are looking to assure the community that the city will provide "full cooperation to all agencies conducting the investigation, that there will be an administrative review conducted by Chief McGrath and that there will be transparency with sharing the findings of the review," according to a news release put out by the office of Mayor Frank Jackson.
In addition, the chief and Director Flask will give an outline of the process that is in place to investigate the shooting and who has jurisdiction over the investigation.
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