Deadly Nov. 29 2012 Cleveland Police chase and shooting: CLE officers testify about firing weapons

CLEVELAND - A source connected to the Cleveland police chase that killed two Clevelanders back in Nov. 2012 said that only two of about a dozen officers who were called this week testified about firing their weapons.

This week, approximately 13 officers were called to testify before a grand jury. Now, NewsChannel5 has discovered that only two of those officers testified about firing their weapons during the incident that killed Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams.

Also, the source says the prosecutor’s office seems to narrowing their case down to one particular officer who discharged his weapon.

NewsChannel5 sources say they believe this week’s testimony concludes officer testimony for the grand jury’s investigation and that it’s now a waiting game to determine if any officers will face criminal charges.

On Nov. 29, 2012, Cleveland Police engaged in a massive police chase starting in downtown Cleveland and ending in East Cleveland with police firing off 137 bullets fatally killing Williams, 30, and Russell, 43.

There were 104 Cleveland Police officers involved in the incident that ended outside of East Cleveland’s Heritage Middle School located at 14410 Terrace Road.

Family members filed civil lawsuits against the City of Cleveland and Cleveland Police back in November 2013.

During Cleveland’s investigation into the incident,  the Cleveland police department’s Critical Incident Review Committee concluded that of the 277 police officers working the night of the chase, there were 104 somehow involved with the incident. Of the 104 officers involved, 74 faced disciplinary charges as recommended by the CIRC. Of the 74 officers, 64 were found guilty. There were 12 supervisors who also faced discipline.


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