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 - Family members of the victims of the deadly 2012 Cleveland police chase have filed a lawsuit against the city and several police officers involved.
The defendants listed in the federal lawsuit include Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson, Director of Public Safety Marty Flask and Police Chief Michael McGrath.
The Nov. 29 police chase ended when 13 officers fired 137 shots at a car, killing Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams, who were inside.
Attorneys for the administrators of the estates of Williams and Russell submitted the 59-page lawsuit, in which they say their case "challenges the gratuitous, excessive, and objectively unreasonable force members of the Cleveland Police Department" against the two victims.
The lawsuit claims that all of the defendants' acts were "clearly established violations of the United States Constitution and Ohio law."
In June, one supervisor was fired, two were demoted and nine others suspended following disciplinary hearings about their involvement in the chase.
McGrath announced in October that 63 officers had been suspended for their roles in the chase.
That night, 277 officers were working and 104 of those were involved with the pursuit in some capacity.
Friday marks a year to the day of the deadly chase and shooting. A vigil will be held at Heritage Middle School at 5 p.m.
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Family members of the victims of the deadly 2012 Cleveland police chase have filed a lawsuit against the city and several police officers involved.
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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.
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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.