December 21, 2014

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Cleveland police: One supervisor fired, 2 demoted, 9 suspended for fatal pursuit

CLEVELAND — Cleveland police say one supervisor was fired, two were demoted and nine were suspended for their roles in a chase in which officers fired 137 shots and killed a fleeing driver and his passenger.

Mayor Mayor Frank Jackson and Chief Michael McGrath announced the disciplinary action Tuesday. The fired officer was a sergeant accused of parking his car and failing to supervise the November pursuit.

One of the suspended officers could face harsher discipline when his case goes before the city safety director.

McGrath has said supervisors failed to take control of the 19-mile chase that wound through neighborhoods before ending in a barrage of gunfire.

The county prosecutor is conducting a separate grand jury investigation.

The police union said the shootings were justified because the driver tried to ram an officer.