Civil lawsuit in Cleveland Police 137-bullet shooting reaches settlement in federal court

Federal judge approve settlement

CLEVELAND - A civil lawsuit filed in federal court against the City of Cleveland and Cleveland Police in connection with the fatal shooting of Malissa Williams and Timothy Russell has been settled.

A hearing took place on Monday, July 14 and parties reached a settlement in the Nov. 29, 2012 chase that led to the deaths of Williams and Russell.

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The lawsuit was filed on behalf of family members of the victims who asked for compensatory and punitive damages as a result of the 64 car police chase that took place over 27 minutes and resulted in 137 shots being fired.

The lawsuit said both victims, who were shot to death, "were unarmed during the entire pursuit" and claimed excessive force was used by the officers involved.


In court documents, U.S. District Judge Dan Aaron Polster wrote that "a settlement conference with clients and counsel" was held and "as a result of negotiations" the case has been settled subject to approval by Cuyahoga County Probate Court.

The estates of both victims must now proceed with complex legal procedures in probate court and ultimately must agree that the settlement is fair and acceptable--if not, the estates could reject today's settlement agreement.

The settlement follows a Cuyahoga County grand jury indictment of Cleveland Patrolman Michael Brelo with two counts of voluntary manslaughter.


Brelo was among 21 Cleveland Police officers named in the federal lawsuit.

NewsChannel5 has reached out to the victims' family attorneys for comment.

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