Family says police chase was ‘reckless’ and ‘negligible’ after car strikes, kills East Cleveland teen

Family says police chase ‘reckless’ and ‘negligible’ after car strikes, kills East Cleveland teen

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - The family of 13-year-old Tamia Chappman says Cleveland Police are responsible for her death.

The 13-year-old died after a vehicle traveling at a high-rate struck and killed her.

According to police, the operator was driving a stolen car and fleeing in a police chase.

Chappman’s family and their attorneys, Shean Williams and Stanley Jackson of The Cochran Firm addressed media Friday at 11 a.m. at the East Cleveland Public Library.

13-year-old Tamia Chappman was tragically killed after a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed struck and killed her. The family of the teen will speak out for the first time since the police chase went awry. https://bit.ly/2szfjYV

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Attorney Shean Willams says Cleveland Police broke their own policies and state law on December 20th.

He says they failed to exercise due care when they continued to chase two carjacking suspects at speeds of up to 75 miles per hour, through a town where students were just dismissed.

The pursuit ultimately came to a violent end where Tamia was walking with her siblings.

“Ms. Chapman is not only dealing with the loss of her daughter, she is still dealing with the emotional damage it has caused three of her young children that witnessed her death," Willams said.

Several community leaders have spoken out saying the chase should have been called off considering the circumstances.

“We’re demanding that another law enforcement agency other than the Cleveland Police Department investigate.”
Shean Williams of The Cochran Firm

Community members also held a rally to end police chases like the one that killed Tamia last week.

Candlelight vigil held for 13-year-old Tamia Chappman Sunday afternoon who was killed Friday by a car during a police chase

The rally was called, “Stop the chase.”

They rallied for answers at the exact place a police pursuit ended.

No lawsuit has been filed as they gather more information on the chase.

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