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.
EAST CLEVELAND, Ohio - On the eve of the two-month anniversary of the Cleveland police chase and shooting, family and friends of the victims marched at the East Cleveland site of the shooting to renew their call for answers. Thirteen officers fired 137 shots killing Timothy Russell, 43, and Malissa Williams, 30.
"They ain't told me nothing," said Martha Williams, mother of Malissa said in front of the group of 30 who turned out.
The information they did get came last week when the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner's office released toxicology results that revealed Williams had cocaine and marijuana in her system. Russell, who was driving the car, also had cocaine and a .13 blood alcohol level.
"They had drugs in their system, so what? That's nothing," said Walter Jackson, Williams' uncle. "The information was released to actually assassinate their credibility, that's all it was."
Jackson said he doesn't understand why test results are being released in pieces.
"Why they bringing out test by test by test," he said. "Just expose everything bring it all out in the open, don't try to hide it because I believe that's what they're trying to do."
The investigation into the chase and shooting is being handled by East Cleveland, the Cuyahoga County Sheriff's office and Ohio's Bureau of Criminal Investigation.
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