Officer Hearings May Result in Suspension

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CLEVELAND — Discipline hearings started Monday for several police officers involved in the Nov. 29 police chase.

The hearings began at 8 a.m. in the office of the Director of Public Safety.

Public Safety Director Martin Flask told Fox 8 News that none of the officers will face termination.  He says the most the will face is 30 days off without pay.

“These officers were involved in the chase and not the shooting,” Flask said.

The chase started Nov. 29 when an officer at the Justice Center thought someone in the suspect’s car fired a shot at him.

The chase ended in East Cleveland.  The two suspects, Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams, were killed.  No gun was found in the car.

Atty. Patrick D’Angelo, who represents the officers, says this chase was unusual.  He says the officers did their best to handle the situation. He says the suspects are the ones to blame for the chase.

Flask says even though the hearings will wrap up this week,  the discipline won’t be announced for several weeks .

The Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office is reviewing the matter for possible criminal charges.

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