Federal lawsuit in deadly police chase settled

Federal lawsuit in deadly police chase settled

The city of Cleveland has settled a lawsuit with the families of Malissa Williams and Timothy Russell.

U.S. District Court Judge Polster's chambers confirmed that an agreement was reached Monday, July 14, 2014, and the documents were filed Wednesday afternoon.

The terms of the settlement have not been revealed.


It was a year-and-a-half ago that 13 officers fired 137 shots into Russell's car during a deadly 28-minute police chase that started in Cleveland and ended in East Cleveland. Williams was riding in the passenger seat.

The wrongful death lawsuits accused officers of using excessive force.

Meantime, six of the 13 officers involved in the deadly chase have been charged in connection with the deadly chase and shooting.

Officer Michael Brelo is charged with two counts of voluntary manslaughter -- he fired 49 of the 137 shots. Sgt. Randolph Daley, Sgt. Patricia Coleman, Sgt. Michael Donegan, Sgt. Paul Wilson and Lt. Jason Edens each face two misdemeanor counts of dereliction of duty.

A trial date for the officers has not been set.

David Malik and Terry Gilbert, lawyers for the families of Russell and Williams, issued the following statement:

As has been reported, there was a settlement reached in this case. The lawyers for both estates, as well lawyers for the City and officers, are unable to disclose the terms at this point because any settlement must be approved by the probate court. That process will take some time. 
Nothing can ever provide a complete sense of justice because what occurred on November 29, 2012 cannot be reversed. The families will have closure and that is very important to them but this is just the beginning of the road to real reform in Cleveland. We look forward to the results of the DOJ investigation and we stand ready to work with the community to make sure that excessive force by Cleveland Police comes to an end.

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