Attorney General's response to ACLU about police shooting investigation

Attorney General's response to ACLU about police shooting investigation

CUYAHOGA COUNTY, OH (WOIO) - Today the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) called for an outside investigation in the police shooting deaths of Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams, who were both killed after the infamous police chase that ended at Heritage Middle School in East Cleveland.

It was discovered that the pair did not possess a weapon in the vehicle and has many asking questions about the police departments role in the shooting.

A full investigation into what really happened the night of the chase is currently being handled by the East Cleveland Police Department, Cuyahoga County Sheriff's Office and the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office.

ACLU say they want a third party to collect evidence and look really hard at all the information that involves every officer and the protocol that was used.

The Attorney General's Office spokesperson, Dan Tierney replied with:

"Pursuant to the Ohio Revised Code, requests for special prosecutors must be made by a county prosecuting attorney. The Ohio Attorney General's Office must be appointed in order to become involved as a special prosecutor. The Attorney General has no independent authority to appoint a special prosecutor absent a request from a county prosecuting attorney."

So essentially that means that the county prosecuting attorney would have to make the request for a third party step into the investigation.

The Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy McGinty responded to ACLU also with:

"I have never been one to dodge hard work. I have asked Attorney General Mike DeWine and Sheriff Bob Reid to thoroughly investigate this matter. I have great confidence in their ability and professionalism."

The East Cleveland Police Department and the Cuyahoga County Sheriff's Department were the ones to originally request that the Bureau of Criminal Investigations (BCI) assist.

So for now it looks like ACLU is come to a stand still in their quest for what they think is the most ethical investigation.

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