DeWine: Chase, Shooting Investigation on ‘Fast Track’

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CLEVELAND -- Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine promises to lead a painstakingly thorough investigation into a deadly Cleveland police chase that left two people dead.

"There's nothing more important that we are doing in the Attorney General's office that to complete this investigation," DeWine says.

DeWine stood with Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson in talking about the probe, and both men promised that the investigation will go where the facts lead it.

"We will not pre-judge or draw conclusions," Jackson says.

A week ago Thursday, a Cleveland police officer near the Justice Center said he thought someone fired a shot at him.

What followed was a high-speed, 25 minute chase that ended with 13 Cleveland officers firing 137 shots at the car in an East Cleveland parking lot.

The two people in the car, Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams, were both killed.

The police union has said the car tried to ram a police cruiser, but authorities also said no guns or shell casings were found inside the car.

The case has racial overtones as twelve of the officers who opened fire are white, and one is Hispanic.

Both Russell and Williams were African-American.

To me, it's not about black or white," Mayor Jackson says, "it's more about do people follow the procedures as we have outlined?"

DeWine didn't give a timetable for finishing the investigation, but said it will be on a "fast track."

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