Friday, August 21, 2015
Cleveland to discipline officers involved in fatal 2012 chase and shooting
Mayor Jackson says the officers will have hearings with the Director of Public Safety
Story by BRIAN BULL
Thirteen Cleveland police officers involved in a fatal 2012 high-speed chase of two unarmed suspects will face internal disciplinary measures. Mayor Frank Jackson says the officers will soon have hearings before the Director of Public Safety, and they’ll be afforded union representation.
|(from L to R): Mayor Frank Jackson, Cleveland Chief of Police Calvin Williams, and Director of Public Safety, Michael McGrath|
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“Once the hearings are conducted and the determination is made, then there are legal rights or collective bargaining rights to grieve the conclusions. And those grievance [sic] go to an arbitrator. And those arbitrators then make a decision as to whether or not the decision by the director was correct or not. And if we disagree with the arbitrator, then we have a right to appeal to the court of appeals.”
Discipline could include suspension and written warnings, all the way up to – and including – termination. More than 60 law enforcement vehicles were involved in the chase from downtown to East Cleveland. The thirteen officers were the ones who fired at Timothy Russell and his passenger, Malissa Williams. Both died in the barrage. They were unarmed.
The head of the police union says attorneys for the officers are reviewing the charges ahead of the hearings.