Cleveland Police Sued In Deaths Of 2 During Police Chase

CBS Cleveland

CLEVELAND (AP) — The estates of two people shot and killed by Cleveland police during a chase that involved more 60 squad cars and 137 shots fired have sued the city and police.

The lawsuit was filed electronically Thursday in federal court against Mayor Frank Jackson, the safety director, police chief and dozens of officers, supervisors and dispatchers.

The lawsuit seeks improved police procedures and unspecified damages on behalf of the families of driver Timothy Russell and his passenger, Malissa Williams.

Russell was shot 23 times and Williams was shot 24 times one year ago.

Mayoral spokeswoman Maureen Harper says the lawsuit will be reviewed and will be addressed in court.

Police union leader Jeff Follmer says the officers acted properly and will be vindicated in court.

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