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More than 60 police cars were involved in the 2012 police chase and shooting that resulted in the deaths of Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams.

CLEVELAND- The city of Cleveland plans to appeal an arbitrator’s ruling that just overturned discipline handed out for four supervisors in a chase that turned deadly in 2012, the Fox 8 I-Team has learned.

Four sergeants had received suspensions ranging from 10 to 30 days. But an arbitrator ruled those punishments were too harsh.

The officer of Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson said the city has 90 days to appeal.

The city is also fighting a court battle over a sergeant who’d been fired after the chase. An arbitrator gave him his job back, and the city has been appealing that through the courts.

Two other police supervisors who’d been demoted also had their punishment overturned.

Last week, a judge found Cleveland Police Officer Michael Brelo not guilty on two counts of manslaughter for the deadly chase.

Five supervisors will still soon go on trial facing charges of dereliction of duty. Some of them had their internal discipline overturned.

Jackson complained about arbitrators consistently ruling in favor of officers in disciplinary matters.

More coverage of the 2012 deadly police chase and shooting, and trial of Officer Michael Brelo here.