Malissa Williams’ family: ‘There is an opportunity for justice to be served’

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CLEVELAND– Attorneys for Malissa Williams released a statement Friday on behalf of her family, just moments after Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy McGinty announced the grand jury’s decision in the 2012 deadly police chase and shooting.

The decision was to charge a Cleveland police officer with felony manslaughter and five supervisors with misdemeanor charges.

The statement reads, “The Williams family would like to sincerely thank the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office.

We feel there is an opportunity for justice to be served. We also plan to move forward with our Complaint against the named defendants. But more importantly, we would like to reiterate that this is an opportunity for the community to collaborate and come together–not to be divided.

Now is the time for us to join and have positive dialogue about solutions. We need to figure out how the police department can work better with the community and not against them.

This is a time for community solidarity in Northeast Ohio. We miss Malissa every day. We also extend our sympathies to the family of Timothy Russell.

But as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., once said, “We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.”

Dr. King also said, “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”

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