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 man shot and killed by Cleveland police officers took police on another chase last year.
On Thursday, 43-year-old Timothy Russell led Cleveland officers on a nearly-25-minute chase through downtown and into East Cleveland. Police cars cornered his car behind Heritage Middle School, where officers fired 137 shots, killing Russell and his passenger.
On Dec. 3, 2011, Russell, of Maple Heights, sped off during a routine traffic stop in Willowick, police said. Video of the chase begins at the Burger King on Vine Street near Lakeshore Boulevard, and goes on for almost nine minutes.
Russell wasn't arrested on failure to comply and traffic violations until March. He pleaded not guilty and court records said the charges were dismissed.
Court documents from Summit County going back to 1996 contain a long list of charges against Russell. While listed as a Twinsburg resident he was charged with multiple counts of theft, receiving stolen property, child endangering, domestic violence and drug-related charges.
The shooting that killed Russell and 30-year-old Malissa Williams is under investigation by the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation, with help from the East Cleveland Police Department and the Cuyahoga County Sheriff's Office. The Cleveland Division of Police is also looking into whether officers followed proper policy.
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.