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 - A crowd of just more than 50 people gathered Monday evening at the corner of Lee Boulevard and Terrace Road in East Cleveland to protest the shooting death of two people last week by Cleveland police following a chase.
Malissa Williams, 30, was killed, along with Timothy Russell, 43, when Cleveland police fired 137 shots at Russell's 1979 Chevrolet Malibu. That was after a police chase that started near the Justice Center after officers reported a shot was fired out of the car.
"No matter what lifestyle you live, nobody deserves to die like that," said a cousin Williams.
Flyers hung on telephone poles near the intersection said the rally was to protest the "police lynching" of the two by firing 137 bullets. The uncle of Williams wasn't apologizing for the harsh tone.
"It was an execution. That's exactly what it was. It was a lynching," said Walter Jackson Sr.
Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson earlier Monday urged those involved to be patient and that the investigation would take time. The uncle of Williams said he understands.
"We actually want the real answers, what actually took place?" Jackson said. "You know, did it actually take them to shoot 137 times into a car to actually apprehend two suspects? I mean, c'mon."
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.