Cleveland Cops in Car Chase That Killed Two Get Their Jobs Back

The following excerpt is from an article that originally appeared on The Economic Crisis Report

Pursuit started when cops mistook engine backfire for a gun shot

CDPFive Cleveland police officers have gotten their jobs back. The arbitrator who reinstated them did not dispute the irresponsible behavior that had led them to be fired from the force, but he decided the officers had been “good cops” before the incident and therefore should not have their careers ruined.

The incident involved a 23-minute-long chase in 2012 that began when some cops misidentified the backfire from a car’s engine as gun shots. (No gun or contraband was found in or near the vehicle.) Sixty-two marked and unmarked police vehicles joined the pursuit, which ended with 13 officers firing 137 rounds into the car. The driver, Timothy Russell, and his passenger, Malissa Williams, were both killed.

Sixty-three cops were suspended, for a maximum suspension of 10 days. Of the 13 officers

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