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 - Dozens of community activists, local residents and families of loved ones whose lives have been taken by police gathered in East Cleveland to demand justice.
"Our only hope is that the community gets involved more actively and the Justice Department does its job to see if there's anything that can be done to reform this (police) department," said Terry Gilbert, the attorney for the Timothy Russell family. Russell was one of two people killed last November after dozens of Cleveland police fired 137 rounds at his car following a high-speed chase.
Gilbert responded to the Cleveland Division of Police's administrative review of that deadly pursuit, which was released Wednesday. He said the department used another "stall tactic" to avoid serious punishment of its officers who were involved in the incident.
"I was a little disappointed," Gilbert said. "It's now been five months."
Others at the meeting echoed Gilbert's thoughts on the length of the investigation.
"For this to go on for five months, it lets you know that it's still very troubling," said Al Porter, vice-president of local community activist group Black on Black Crime.
The meeting included speeches by various community activists as well as victims' family members.
Gilbert called for widespread systematic change within the police department, and urged Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson and Police Chief Mike McGrath to step down.
"It's about time that they (Frank Jackson and Mike McGrath) step up and accept responsibility as a city and as a police department for a department that's out of control," he said.
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.