Lawsuit settled in 2012 deadly Cleveland police chase, shooting

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CLEVELAND, Ohio — A  lawsuit filed by the families of two suspects killed in the 2012 Cleveland police chase has been settled.

According to  U.S. District Court, the lawsuit was settled Monday.  The court docket does not give a monetary amount of the settlement.

Attorneys for the families of Malissa Williams and Timothy Russell say the judge ordered them not to discuss the specifics of the settlement. They did release this statement:

Statement of Lawyers for the Estates of Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams:

 “As has been reported, there was a settlement reached in this case. The lawyers for both estates, as well lawyers for the City and officers, are unable to disclose the terms at this point because any settlement must be approved by the probate court. That process will take some time.

Nothing can ever provide a complete sense of justice because what occurred on November 29, 2012 cannot be reversed. The families will have closure and that is very important to them but this is just the beginning of the road to real reform in Cleveland. We look forward to the results of the DOJ investigation and we stand ready to work with the community to make sure that excessive force by Cleveland Police comes to an end.”

The suit was filed against the city of Cleveland and Cleveland Police.  A spokeswoman for the city has not yet commented on the matter.

The chase took place Nov. 29, 2012, after an officer at the Justice Center thought someone in the suspects’ car fired a shot at him.

The chase ended in East Cleveland, when 13 officers fired 137 shots, killing the two suspects, Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams. The suspects were unarmed.

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