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Internal Review of Cleveland Police Chase Shows Several Officers Violated Policies

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The Mayor's Office and Cleveland Police have completed their internal review of the police chase last November that involved 64 officers and ended with two suspects killed in a barrage of bullets. Ideastream's Michelle Kanu reports the review indicates several officers violated department policies during the chase.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013 at 6:51 pm

The review committee's main goal was to determine if those police officers and supervisors involved in the November 29th chase followed department policies and procedures.

Chief Michael McGrath says most did, but he says he wouldn't call this a "perfect chase."

McGrath: "The evidence as presented by the review committee indicates there were procedure infractions relative to those officers involved in the pursuit."

Of the 276 officers who were on duty that night, 100 potentially broke department rules."

Those included failing to abandon the chase when ordered to do so by a supervisor and driving at excessive speeds that endangered public safety.

Of the 46 supervisors working, 6 potentially had violations.

McGrath says those who violated polices will be held accountable, although he didn't specify when.

McGrath: "The discipline that could be invoked could be a written reprimand, to ten days to thirty days to termination, depending on my review of those particular officers that were involved and the number of violations that they're responsible for."

This review did not address whether the 137 bullets that 13 officers fired at Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams that night was excessive deadly force. The Cuyahoga County prosecutor is still conducting that criminal investigation.

McGrath says once that's completed, Cleveland police will hold a separate review for any policy violations, and any discipline required.

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