Discipline Hearings for CPD Supervisors Begin

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CLEVELAND -- Disciplinary hearings for Cleveland City police supervisors involved in the November 29 chase and police-involved shooting began Monday morning.

Four supervisors are scheduled for hearings in front of Safety Director Martin Flask Monday and two more on Wednesday.  Six other supervisors are scheduled to have hearings in front of Police Chief Michael McGrath starting Friday.

The charges on the supervisors range from "not acknowledging the pursuit as a sector supervisor" to failing to take "appropriate action with personnel under your command also outside the city."

Brian Betley, president of the FOP, the union representing the supervisors tells Fox 8 News he does not expect any decision on the disciplinary hearings Monday.  Betley says he expects a decision in about a week.

Betley said the supervisors have good records and have done good jobs.
The pursuit happened around 10:30 November 29 when an officer outside the Justice Center said someone in the suspect's car fired a shot at him.
Dozens of Cleveland police officers chased the car for more than 22 minutes. The chase ended in East Cleveland when 13 officers fired 137 shots at the two suspects.

The suspects, Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams, died. No weapon was found in their car.

The criminal investigation was handled by the state Bureau of Criminal Investigation and turned over to the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office for review.  No criminal charges have been filed.

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