News
News Home
Quick Bites
Exploradio
News Archive
News Channel
Special Features
NPR
nowplaying
On AirNewsClassical
Loading...
  
School Closings
WKSU Support
Funding for WKSU is made possible in part through support from the following businesses and organizations.

Wayside Furniture

Akron Children's Hospital

Lehmans


For more information on how your company or organization can support WKSU, download the WKSU Media Kit.

(WKSU Media Kit PDF icon )


Donate Your Vehicle to WKSU

Programs Schedule Make A Pledge Member BenefitsFAQ/HelpContact Us
Courts and Crime


Investigators looking into need for pursuit and if excess deadly force used in Cleveland police shooting
One suspect hit 2 dozen times
by WKSU's KEVIN NIEDERMIER


Reporter
Kevin Niedermier
 
Courtesy of City of Cleveland
Download (WKSU Only)
In The Region:

The Cuyahoga County Coroner has ruled Thursday’s shooting by Cleveland Police a homicide. The coroner’s report says  Malissa Williams was shot 24 times by police from Cleveland and other jurisdictions following last week’s deadly car chase.  Williams, and the car’s driver, Timothy Russell, were both killed after 13 police officers fired nearly 140 shots at the pair. A city, state and possible federal investigation will determine if excessive force was used, and if the pursuit was warranted…. 

Click to listen

Other options:
Windows Media / MP3 Download (1:15)


The 22-minute, 100-mile-per-hour pursuit started after Cleveland police say they heard shots coming from Russell’s car and approached the vehicle.  Police say the use of deadly force was warranted because Russell tried to use his car as a weapon, ramming police cruisers. Rusty Goodpastor is executive director of the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy. He says using a car as a weapon gives police a reason to fire at the vehicle. And, he says state and city rules on police pursuits vary, but all jurisdictions must consider public safety.

“To be aware of the situation and the totality of the circumstances in which the pursuits involved. And if they feel the pursuit becomes too dangerous, then terminating it may become a better option. It depends on the circumstances. I know many agencies, I’m not sure about Cleveland, will have supervisors on the radio to determine those circumstances as well.”

Cleveland police supervisors do participate in decisions on pursuits.  Recordings of radio conversations during the chase include two police officials calling for the pursuit to end.  At this point, it’s unclear if the orders to stop went to all the officers or just the Fifth District officers.                                       
Listener Comments:

Don't police cruisers have video recorders? Couldn't the video be reviewed to see if suspects in fact used vehicle as weapon against officers? If not, what about CCTV outside police headquarters?


Posted by: Mark (Indiana) on December 5, 2012 8:12AM
Add Your Comment
Name:

Location:

E-mail: (not published, only used to contact you about your comment)


Comments:




 
Page Options

Print this page

E-Mail this page / Send mp3

Share on Facebook




Stories with Recent Comments

School children in Bath produce a seed-to-table garlic feast
Super article. What a great idea to educate in sustainable farming! Garlic is so healthy as well. My Grandson Sam Mathews is in grade 4, and he looks like he ...

There's no off-season for the Cleveland International Film Festival
I would like to see "The Murders of Brandywine Theater" filmed by local Larry Longstreth shown at the Cleveland International Film Festival!

Study shows raising the cigarette tax a dollar could raise $342 million
So, it takes an expert to tell us raising the tobacco tax raises the revenue for the state? Doh. By the way, any one who was going to quit smoking probably alre...

Akron's Highland Square celebrates community spirit and public art
Both Donna and her husband, Joseph are both such amazing art talents! The photos look stunning! I must get down to Angel Falls for an in-person look. I just l...

Pluto: Another off-season, another Browns quarterback conundrum
The Browns do need a draftable QB for the future. Johnny Manziel needs to go and that leaves Brian Hoyer and Connor Shaw. Free agency doesn't really have any so...

Exploradio: Improving the lives of paralyzed people
God bless you doctor. I hope to be alive the day that humans, like me, can use the results of your search...

Nature and nourishment down by the river at the Metroparks' Merwin's Wharf
I love QUICKBITES! I look forward to it every week. One question: is it possible to include a link to the restaurant or store that you profile? Thanks!

Canton's proposed Timken-McKinley school merger is drawing spirited debate
From a sports opinion Varsity would have a lot more talent to choose from So Im sure varsity sports would improve.Also Timkens name would be much more published...

Canton school board will decide whether to merge high schools
I really hope we can save those jobs, usually we try to cut budgets but the demand is still the same. Then we look bad a year or two after the descion is made. ...

FirstEnergy wants PUCO guarantees on nuclear and coal prices
Would just comment that the plant has admitted the following (as reporting in the Akron Beacon Journal): "The utility has said it may have difficulty keeping t...

Copyright © 2015 WKSU Public Radio, All Rights Reserved.

 
In Partnership With:

NPR PRI Kent State University

listen in windows media format listen in realplayer format Car Talk Hosts: Tom & Ray Magliozzi Fresh Air Host: Terry Gross A Service of Kent State University 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. NPR Senior Correspondent: Noah Adams Living on Earth Host: Steve Curwood 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. A Service of Kent State University