Investigation into the fatal police involved shooting of 43-year-old Timothy Russell and 30-year-old Malissa Williams will take several months to complete.
Representatives from the Cleveland Police Union and the Cleveland Police Patrolman's Association joined Mayor Frank Jackson and Cleveland Police Chief Michael McGrath in a press conference regarding the November 29th incident on Thursday.
Mayor Jackson said both the administrative review and the official investigation of the 13 officers from the Cleveland and East Cleveland police force are still underway. Jackson said if the officers are found to have acted "outside paremeters that are set, then there will be consequences". If the review finds the officers acted inside the parameters "we will support them and they will be protected".
The City of Cleveland has hired an outside agency, the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) to conduct a similar review of the incident. That review is expected to take 60 days to complete.
Cleveland Police Patrolman's Association President Jeff Follmer says "to put a timeframe on it (the investigation) I think is a little unfair right now" Follmer says they have not completed interviews of the 30 officers involved in the police chase.
On the evening of November 29th, 13 officers from Cleveland and East Cleveland involved in a high-speed chase of a vehicle driven by Timothy Russell shot 137 bullets at Russell and his passenger Williams, killing both of them. The goal of the investigation is to find out if deadly force was necessary. Get breaking news sent to your mobile phone.Text "news" to 21095.
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