Cleveland Police Suspend 63 Officers Who Fired 137 Shots Killing Unarmed Man And Woman In High-Speed Chase After Pair Panicked

And Sped Off While Being Pulled Over

 

 

 

” More than 60 Cleveland police officers involved in an unauthorized car chase in which 137 shots were fired, killing two unarmed people, have been suspended. 

A panicked driver and passenger fleeing police were shot dead in November following a 23-minute pursuit in which more than 60 cruisers sped through residential neighborhoods.

While only two police cars are allowed to give chase, dozens of cruisers joined the pursuit because they believed the two victims were armed.

Police Chief Mark McGrath announced today that 63 of the 104 officers involved will be suspended for up to 10 days, while 13 directly involved in the shooting could face criminal charges. The police union said it would appeal the decision. “

 

 

 

 

” Jumping into his patrol car and radioing for help, the officer pursued driver Timothy Russell, 43, and passenger, Malissa Williams, 30, who allegedly refused to stop.

That’s when gunfire erupted, with 13 officers firing 137 rounds at the car.

Russell was shot 23 times and Williams 24 times in what civil rights groups described as an ‘execution-style killing’. The pair was unarmed.”