Cleveland Council Looking Into Police Chase Policy

(Cleveland) -Cleveland City Council is looking into the Division of Police's policy on high-speed chases, with some saying the current policy allows criminals to get away, because the policy requires some chases to be broken off.

Council's Safety Committee talked about it on Wednesday. Ward 6 Councilman Blaine Griffin said they want to know why there's so much confusion and ambiguity.

Police Chief Calvin Williams says the 17-page policy was well-thought out. The chief says it does allow some flexibility, and gives supervisors some leeway on what to do,.

The current policy was implemented after the chase in 2012 that resulted in the deaths of Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams. They were driving along Lakeside Avenue when their car backfired, which sounded like a gun firing. Police began to chase after the car, and they didn't stop. Russell and Williams were finally stopped outside a school in East Cleveland, and were surrounded by police, who fired over 100 bullets into their car.

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