Disciplinary hearings begin for Cleveland officers involved in November's chase, deadly shooting

CLEVELAND - Disciplinary hearings began on Monday for Cleveland patrol officers facing charges related to the Nov. 29 police chase and shooting.

Public Safety Director Martin Flask is scheduled to meet with 20 of the officers this week, according to city officials. The officers will not face termination, but could be suspended for up to 30 days.

A total of 75 patrol officers face charges related to the chase. Cleveland Police Chief Michael McGrath has yet to schedule disciplinary hearings for the remaining 55 officers.

Twelve supervisors have already been disciplined. One was terminated, two were demoted and nine were suspended for their actions.

The chase started when a Cleveland police officer thought he heard gunfire coming from a car driving near the Cuyahoga County Justice Center.

Timothy Russell, 43, the driver, then led police on a 22-minute high-speed chase.

The chase ended in the parking lot of Heritage Middle School in East Cleveland. Russell and his passenger, Malissa Williams, 30, were killed when officers fired 137 shots at their car.

Several officers reported seeing a gun during the chase. No weapon was ever found.

The Cuyahoga County Prosecutors' Office is still investigating to determine whether the 13 officers involved in the shooting should face criminal charges.

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