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 - Local residents held another rally and vigil in East Cleveland Sunday afternoon in support of Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams.
Both victims were shot to death by Cleveland Police after a high speed chase about two weeks ago.
The chase started in Cleveland and ended in East Cleveland behind Heritage Middle School on Terrace Road.
Thirteen police officers fired a total of 137 rounds at the two suspects. Whether or not the two suspects were armed at any point during the chase remains under investigation. No weapons were found in the suspect's vehicle at the scene.
Local community activist Khalid Samad is still searching for answers to what happened that night.
"Why was it necessary to shoot 137 slugs? It was not necessary. That's abuse of a corpse. You had 2 people dead that were being shot at like target practice. These are human beings. People who are trained don't make mistakes like that," said Samad.
The Bureau of Criminal Investigation, the East Cleveland Police Department and the Cuyahoga County Sheriff's Department are continuing to handle the investigation into the chase and shooting.
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.