64 Officers Found Guilty of Violations in Deadly Chase

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CLEVELAND–Police Chief Michael McGrath announced Tuesday that 178 suspension days have been issued against 64 officers found guilty of violations in the November chase.

The 64 officers do not include the 13 officers who were involved in the actual shooting.

Union President Jeff Follmer said the most any officer received was 10 days. Charges against three officers were dismissed, the chief said.

Additionally, two officers received written warnings.

The chief said the county prosecutor’s office is still reviewing the matter to determine if any criminal charges should be filed.

The pursuit happened around 10:30 p.m. on November 29 when an officer outside the Justice Center said someone in the suspects’ 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.

McGrath said 20 officers had their case heard before Safety Director Martin Flask. Fifty-four officers had their case heard by the chief.

Union officials said they will go over the discipline and most likely take it to arbitration.

Follmer said he strongly believes the officers’ actions were justified and doesn’t believe the patrol officers deserve to be suspended.

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