Cleveland police chief wants supervisors held 'more accountable' after November deadly chase

CLEVELAND - Cleveland Police Chief Michael McGrath told NewsChannel5 Investigators his review of the Nov. 29, 2012 deadly chase will result in policy changes at the department.

"We want to learn how we can improve our services to the community and lower the probability of this ever happening again," he said.

McGrath said he will not begin implementing any new policies until the review is complete, but he said there likely be new rules for supervisors.

"What I foresee is probably in our policy is holding supervisors more accountable on paper to ensure that they engage the officers that work for them," McGrath said.

McGrath said he is waiting to review the actions of 13 officers involved in the shooting until a criminal investigation by the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's office is complete.

During a news conference Tuesday, McGrath had harsh words for supervisors involved in the incident.

"It was the lack of engagement, the lack of engagement of the supervisors, that allowed this pursuit to continue on," McGrath said.

He said the supervisors failed to ask the location of their officers and ask what was going on during the chase.

"None of those supervisors asked any of those questions and as a result the officers in their heart and good faith though they were helping another police officer at the time," he said.

Twelve supervisors have been disciplined for their roles in the shooting: one was terminated, two were demoted and nine were suspended.

Sixty-four patrol officers were found guilty of administrative infractions.

The charges against the officers involve insubordination, joining the chase without permission and falsifying duty records.

The Nov. 29 chase ended when 13 officers fired 137 shots at a car, killing Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams, who were inside.

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