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 - The 22-minute Cleveland police chase on November 29, 2012, ended and changed lives, including the 13 police officers who were involved.
Not many people, other than police officers, understand the situations they face daily. Retired Cleveland police officer Jim Simone has been in life and death situations.
"Hundreds of times, it didn't end up in deadly force all of the time. But, I killed five suspects in my 38 years," said Simone.
During his career, Simone was shot twice -- once in the head. He knows the officers involved in this shooting.
"I talked to them, the thing you have to remember is it's the perception. What they see at that moment in time, if they believe they are drawing real fire. As long as they believe they are in jeopardy, they have the right to fire their weapon," said Simone.
At the police academy at Lakeland Community College, the goal is to prepare students in the classroom for what to expect on the streets. Jamie Travano is the commander as well as a police officer.
"We have a nano second to make a decision. The administration, law department have days, weeks and months to scrutinize what we've done, " said Travano.
Police officers said that the goal is to go home at the end of the night and they said they don't come to the work with the intent to hurt anyone.
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.