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.

Lehmans

Meaden & Moore

Greater Akron Chamber


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
Crime and Courts


Suit filed against Cleveland police in fatal chase, shooting
Estates of unarmed man and woman killed when police fired more than 100 bullets are suing
by WKSU's MARK URYCKI


Senior Reporter
Mark Urycki
 
In The Region:
The estates of two people who were shot and killed by Cleveland police after a chase one year ago today are suing the city and the officers. The families of Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams filed suit electronically yesterday in federal court.

The chase through Cleveland streets one year ago involved more than 60 squad cars, and more than 100 officers.When police stopped the car driven by Timothy Russell at a parking lot in East Cleveland, they fired 137 shots at the car, killing Russell and his passenger, Malissa Williams. Russell was shot 23 times and Williams was shot 24 times.

The lawsuit was filed electronically on Thanksgiving Day against Mayor Frank Jackson, Safety Director Martin Flask, Police Chief Michael McGrath and dozens of officers, supervisors and dispatchers. It argues that supervisors failed to control the officers and they used excessive force against two unarmed people. Police have said that Williams was trying to ram their squad cars with his car and that justified the shooting. The chase began when police thought Williams may have fired a shot. The lawsuit says that was only a backfire from his 1979 car.

The suit calls for improved police procedures and unspecified damages on behalf of the families. There was no immediate comment from city officials.

For their roles in the 22-minute chase, the city suspended 63 patrol officers for not following procedures, and a dozen supervisors have been disciplined. One of those supervisors was fired, and two were demoted.

The Cuyahoga County prosecutor's office is still conducting a criminal investigation of the officers actually invovled in the shootings. 

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

Crystal Ball says Ohio governor's race is done
How much is the Kasich campaign paying you to keep repeating the phrase "woman who is not his wife"? Fitzgerald was in the car with a friend who happens to be f...

Plane that crashed killing Case students is a popular training aircraft
The following is incorrect. The last few words should read "UNDER maximum gross take-off weight." “They have a normal take-off speed and all those take-off...

Exploradio: The never-ending war against superbugs
Super Federico ,we are so proud of you ,and very lucky to be among your friends . Keep it up human kind needs people like you to survive .Thanks for being so d...

Ohio's Lyme disease-carrying tick population is exploding
Interesting report. The last sentence needs some editing. It isn't a good idea to "save garments carrying ticks for analysis." The garments carrying t...

Teach for America enters third year in Ohio
For more background on TFA, check out http://reconsideringtfa.wordpress.com/

Faith leaders hold week-long prayer vigil at Ohio Statehouse
I think this is the wrong link to the audio. Its Andy Chow about cigarette taxes.

A $30 million plan to turn Cleveland's Public Square from gray to green
The current plan is for the Land Bank, RTA, and Mr. Jeremy Paris to run a bus line through the new Public Square and cutting the park in half. Save Public Squar...

Medina County residents question safety of proposed natural gas pipeline
I'm very concerned about this nexus project. I've received mail requesting my permission to allow the company to survey my property. I don't understand how thi...

A small group of tea party and Democrats protest at Kasich campaign stop
Enjoyed your excellent coverage of the statehouse for sometime now, never dreamed I'd be on. The feedback from people has been great. Thank you. Doris Adams

Top staffers are leaving the FitzGerald gubernatorial campaign
I's too bad that the dirt on Fitzgerald dug up by Kasich's operatives and publicized heavily by the Yellow Plain Dealer has caused the weak staffers of the Fitz...

Copyright © 2014 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