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.
CLEVELEAND - Disciplinary hearings for 12 Cleveland police supervisors involved in a deadly chase and shooting in November 2012 began Monday.
Cleveland Safety Director Martin Flask will hear six cases involving serous charges against the officers. Cleveland Police Chief Michael McGrath will hear the remaining six cases.
The supervisors each face several charges they violated police department rules and policies during the chase.
Some of the charges detailed in letters to the supervisors said the officers failed to take control of the chase, failed to communicate important information to the Communications Control Center during the chase, and failed to gain permission to participate in the chase.
Sgt. Matthew Putnam is accused of leaving an unsecured rifle in a police vehicle with its windows open.
Flask heard cases involving four police sergeants Monday. Two more hearings are scheduled Wednesday.
Chief McGrath has yet to announce when he will hold disciplinary hearings.
The details of any disciplinary actions against the officers will not be announced until all of the hearings have been completed, according to a city of Cleveland spokeperson.
The chase started when an officer thought he heard shots fired from a car driving by the Cuyahoga County Criminal Justice Center on Nov. 29. The chase ended with a shootout in the the parking lot of Heritage Middle School in East Cleveland.
Thirteen officers fired 137 shots at the car they were pursuing, killing Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams. The 13 officers involved in the shooting are under criminal investigation by the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor.
No gun was found in the Russell's vehicle.
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.
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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.