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Cleveland Police Shooting, AG Report

Cleveland Police Shooting, AG Report

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Cleveland Police Shooting, AG Report
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Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification & Investigation
PROSECUTOR’S SUMMARY
Date:
February 5, 2013
To:
Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy J. McGinty
CC:
Special Agent Supervisor Dennis Sweet, Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation
From:
Special Agent Mark Kollar, Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation
Subject:
Cleveland Police Department officer-involved shooting, November 29, 2012Decedents: Timothy R. Russell and Malissa A. Williams
BCI Case #:
Investigations: SI-18-12-82-1493Crime Scene: CS-18-12-82-1488Cyber Crimes: CC-12-3-0116Laboratory: 12-39820
Preface:
This report serves as a synopsis of the investigation into the November 29, 2012 ClevelandPolice Department officer-involved shooting which resulted in the deaths of Timothy R. Russelland Malissa A. Williams. This report only summarizes the information that the investigativeteam determined to be the most useful in achieving an overall understanding of what occurred inthis incident. Every fact and detail is not presented in this summary report. Therefore, it isrecommended that each individual report from which this document is derived be read in order toobtain a complete understanding of this investigation. Further, audio and/or video recordingsexist for the majority of the interviews conducted, revealing further details of statements givenregarding the incident.This report is organized into the following sections:
 
Table of Contents
 
Incident Overview
– A condensed overview of the facts obtained this case
 
Investigative Team
– Describes the composition of the investigative team and theinvolvement of various agencies
 
Summary of Process
– Investigative activities from which this report was derived
 
Officers Who Discharged Their Weapons
– Summarizes the statements given by eachof the police officers who discharged their weapons during the incident(Continued)
 
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Other Officers
– In general terms, this section summarizes some of the more significantstatements provided by officers who did not discharge their firearms
 
Witnesses
– Summarizes some of the statements of non-officers which are helpful to theunderstanding of the incident
 
Radio Transmissions
– Discussion of the CPD radio system and dispatchingprocedures, along with an account of pertinent radio transmissions in this incident
 
Decedents
– Summary of known information pertaining to Malissa A. Williams andTimothy R. Russell
 
Physical Evidence
– Examines the information obtained through the identification,collection and analysis of items of potential evidence
 
Autopsy Reports
– Summarizes the significant findings of the post-mortemexaminations
 
Chronology
– A more comprehensive examination of the incident and investigativeactions, though still only constituting a partial summary
 
Conclusion
Final Notes
:This investigation was conducted with the purpose of determining, to the extent possible, thefacts and circumstances surrounding this incident. As unbiased collectors of fact, theinvestigative team has not and will not render any opinion of the legality of officers’ actions.Instead, it is anticipated that this investigation will provide the basis of information for decisionsto be rendered by the appropriate authorities.As used in this report, the pronouns “subject” or “subjects” will be used to identify Malissa A.Williams and/or Timothy R. Russell. “Subject vehicle” will be used to identify TimothyRussell’s 1979 Chevy Malibu, bearing Ohio registration FSA3495, which was involved in thisincident. “Zone car” is a term commonly used by the Cleveland Police Department to describe amarked police cruiser.(Continued)
 
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Table of Contents:
Preface……………………………………………………………………………………….
1
Table of Contents…………………………………………………………………………...
3
 Incident Overview…………………………………………………………………………..
4
 Investigative Team………………………………………………………………………….
8
Summary of Process………………………………………………………………………..
8
Officers Who Discharged Their Weapons…………………………………………….…
11
Other Officers……………………………………………………………………………….
24
Witnesses…………………………………………………………………………………….
32
 Radio Transmissions
 
………………………………………………………………………
34
 Decedents…………………………………………………………………………………....
37
Physical Evidence……………………………………………………………………….….
40
 Autopsy Reports…………………………………………………………………………….
47
Chronology………………………………………………………………………………….
48
Conclusion…………………………………………………………………………………..
62
 Attachments…………………………………………………………………………………
66(Continued)

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