Deadly Police Chase: New breakdown in system uncovered

Deadly Police Chase: New breakdown in system uncovered

19 Action News has found another untold story behind a massive police chase last November ending with police firing 137 shots and killing two people.

Cleveland's Police Chief confirms a supervisor should have monitored the chase by watching computer screens with GPS signals from police cars in the dispatch room.

Many Cleveland police cars have automatic vehicle locators. 24/7 they send a signal back to dispatch showing exactly where they are.

Police say 64 cars took part in some portion of the chase.

Investigators have said looking back at the all signals helped show which cars took part in the chase and how.

So how did no supervisor see a chase as it happened with dozens of police cars going across town?

We asked Chief Michael McGrath if someone should have been monitoring the all signals in the dispatch room all along, and he said yes.

When we followed and asked did he know why no one did, he answered, "No, but I'll find out."

19 Action News broke the news online and on twitter, up to 100 officers and 6 supervisors could be punished for violating the pursuit policy. And up to 69 officers and 5 supervisors could be punished for violating the emergency response driving policy.

The chase zoomed at speeds of more than 90 mph, and police say it went for 28 minutes across town.

Officers felt justified because there had been reports of a shot fired from the car and multiple reports of a gun in the car, but no gun was found.

The county prosecutor is reviewing the case for possible criminal charges for the actual shooting.

The internal discipline is likely to be handed out over the next several weeks.

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