City of Cleveland still investigating the use of deadly force with the Police shooting of 137 shots that killed two in a car in East Cleveland
CLEVELAND — As the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation continues its review of the Nov. 29 pursuit by Cleveland police that left two people dead, Mayor Frank Jackson says an internal investigation is underway, into whether the officers followed city policies, and whether Cleveland police policies and training are up to national standards.
An investigation was launched in November after a police chase ended with 13 Cleveland police officers firing 137 rounds at car carrying 43-year-old Timothy Russell and 30-year-old Malissa Williams.
The high-speed chase continued for 25 minutes before coming to an end in East Cleveland. (Read story here).
No gun or shell casings were found in the suspect’s vehicle.
Earlier this year, an organization called the Police Executive Research Forum recommended that Cleveland conduct internal police investigations at the same time as criminal investigations.
During a news conference on Thursday, Chief Michael McGrath said, “So you can bring some end for the families, rather than do the criminal and administrative, then it drags out for a year. At least get a jump on it, is their recommendation, so that you can reach a conclusion.” (View news conference here).
But the Cleveland Police Patrolmen’s Association says the city’s administrative review might lead to a rush to judgment in the incident.
During the news conference, Mayor Jackson said City Hall is considering a plan to have an outside agency investigate all cases of deadly force.
The mayor maintains City Hall has not reached any conclusions about the actions of officers involved in the incident.
Mayor Jackson said he expects a city committee conducting the internal investigation to issue its recommendations by the end of January.
There is no way possible to have a timetable on when BCI investigation will be complete.
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