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

Genie of Fairview Door Company

Akron General


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


Cleveland settles with families of police shooting victims
The city agrees to pay an undisclosed amount in the federal lawsuit over the massive 2012 chase and fatal shooting
by WKSU's KEVIN NIEDERMIER


Reporter
Kevin Niedermier
 
Last may Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy McGinty announced indictments from the chase and shooting. Today, a federal judge announced that Cleveland has agreed to settle with the victim's families.
Courtesy of Kevin Niedermier
Download (WKSU Only)
In The Region:

The City of Cleveland has reached a financial settlement with the families of the two people killed by Cleveland police following November 2012’s massive chase and shooting.

 

Niedermier on settlement

Other options:
Windows Media / MP3 Download (1:22)


Last November the federal lawsuit was filed by the families of Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams against the city, its top officials and the police. It claimed officers used excessive force, were poorly trained and not properly supervised. The 60 vehicle pursuit ended with officers firing 137 shots into the unarmed suspects’ car. The amount of the settlement has not been disclosed, and it must still be approved by the Cuyahoga County Probate Court.

University of Akron emeritus law professor J. Dean Carro says the settlement is unusual because no depositions were taken and no major filings were submitted.

Carro says, “Normally the parties need to engage in discovery. My guess is that in this case it was so prominent in the public view that whatever investigation that was already done was fairly comprehensive, which is why I’m suspecting there was no real dispute in the facts.”

In May, a Cuyahoga County grand jury charged Officer Michael Brelo with voluntary manslaughter for his role in the shooting. Five police supervisors were also charged with dereliction of duty. The indictments followed an Ohio Attorney General’s investigation that called the incident a systemic failure within the police department. The police union says officers thought they heard a gunshot come from Russell’s car, but the investigation shows it was probably a backfire. 

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

Brunswick will turn tornado sirens back on after bad weather
Put the sirens back after the storms, in the mean time just sit and wait for another tornado . That's Brunswick for you lived here 44 years and it has always be...

Oberlin council may rescind its gun ban, but is considering alternatives to keep it in effect
Seems that the only scared, paranoid people are the anti-gun people, really.

Massive pipeline planned to pump Ohio shale products to Texas
This needs stopped. Ohioans pay the price, putting up with pollution, leaks, explosions, and the top one percent profit from exporting fracked product to China.

National Weather Service confirms three tornado touchdowns yesterday
I was driving back from a party and was caught in the middle of a large thunderstorm. The hail and lightning were a whole light closer than usual, is something ...

Another Indians season opens with Chief Wahoo under scrutiny
The picture you have for Robert rocha is not him. He has long hair. No idea who that guy is in that picture

Portman predicts McDonald's confirmation, but says it won't be easy
I sent the following note to Senator Blumenthal after reading commentary from yesterday's hearing: Senator, You certainly have the right to ask Mr. McDonald que...

Seven minutes changed everything, but what changed Ashford Thompson?
He shot the guy four times in the head. I have never been that drunk or mad, and I have been through it. Shoot a guy once is bad, maybe a mistake, shoot a guy f...

First cricket farm in the U.S. opens in Youngstown
I am interested in cricket flour to replace soy flour in a low carbohydrate diet. As soon as you have cricket flour available for the average person, please le...

New process starts digesting sludge in Wooster
Awesome! When do our sewage rates decrease accordingly?

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