Cleveland Police Patrolmen's Association to talk about AG's findings into deadly chase & shooting

CLEVELAND - The Cleveland Police Patrolmen's Association plans to respond to the Ohio attorney general's report about a police chase that led to the fatal shooting of two suspects.

The CPPA will hold a news conference at 3 p.m. Wednesday at CPPA Memorial Hall.

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The CPPA posted on its Facebook page that "all members are requested to attend."

On Tuesday, Ohio AG Mike DeWine announced the findings of the state's investigation into the 22-minute chase that left Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams dead on the night of Nov. 29. He called the events of that night a "systemic failure" in the Cleveland Police Department.

"Our two month investigation reveals that we are dealing with a systematic failure in the Cleveland Police Department. Command staff failed, communications failed, the system failed," said Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine.

But Police Chief Michael McGrath said those findings were not accurate.

"Systematic, no. There are policies and procedures and training in place," said McGrath in a news conference following DeWine's announcement.

The findings of the attorney general were passed on to Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Tim McGinty, who said he plans to bring the case before a grand jury to see if any of the officers should face charges.

McGrath said the city's internal investigation into the matter is continuing. He said that will determine whether officers involved with the incident complied with department policies and procedures.

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