CLEVELAND– The FOX 8 I-Team has learned Cleveland’s safety director has begun internal disciplinary hearings for the 13 officers investigators say fired 137 shots killing two suspects at the end of a very long chase in 2012.
Two of the officers had hearings Monday that lasted for hours.
Originally, these hearings were scheduled for early September, but the union asked to have them rescheduled for more time to prepare.
The internal charges were just filed this summer because city leaders said they wanted any criminal cases to play out first. In May, Officer Michael Brelo was found not guilty of manslaughter charges. The internal charges include joining a chase without permission to violating rules for firing police weapons and more.
Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams were found without a weapon in their car. But the incident started when an officer said he thought someone fired a gunshot from that car at him. Later, police said Russell drove at officers.
The internal disciplinary hearings could be spread out over several weeks. Ultimately, officers could be fired.