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New fight over police chase discipline

Deadly November police chase, Cleveland Deadly November police chase, Cleveland

The head of the Cleveland Police Supervisor's Union says he's taking more steps to overturn the discipline handed out for a massive police chase that turned deadly.

12 supervisors were disciplined for the chase and one was fired.

The union filed grievances or appeals with the city after the discipline was handed out. FOP President Brian Betley tells 19 Action News those grievances were rejected by the city, so he is now taking the matter to the city's Labor Relations Manager. Betley says this will likely be decided by arbitrators.

The city is currently holding hearings to discipline 75 patrol officers for the chase. The county prosecutor has not ruled yet whether 13 officers will face criminal charges for the shooting.

On November 29, 2012, police chased a car with two people from Cleveland to East Cleveland. Officers first saw the car speeding and heard what appeared to be a gunshot coming from it. The driver refused to stop, and officers reported seeing a weapon in the car, but no gun was ever found. The 28-minute chase ended with officers firing 137 shots into the car, killing the driver, Timothy Russell and the passenger, Malissa Williams.

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