The bullet-riddled car in which Timothy Russell fled police late Thursday belonged to him, but there is disagreement on whether pursuing officers knew who was driving, or that he had a lengthy criminal record.
East Cleveland Police Sgt. Scott Gardner said that “I do not have direct information that the officers knew who was in the vehicle, but their dispatch did run the plate and provide the vehicle information to them during the pursuit.” His department is leading the investigation into the chase which ended in that city with both occupants of the car dead.
However, Jeffery Follmer, president of the Cleveland Police Patrolmen’s Association, said at a news conference Saturday that pursuing officers did not know who was in the car at the time.
Russell and Malissa Williams died in a torrent of gunfire as 13 police officers fired 137 rounds following a chase through Cleveland, Bratenahl and East Cleveland.
Russell, who would have turned 44 next Sunday, had a history of theft offenses, violent crime and, on two previous occasions, fleeing police – all since 1997.
He was found guilty of domestic violence in Summit County, had three convictions for receiving stolen property, one in Summit County and two in Cuyahoga. Russell also had four robbery convictions: Ohio law recognizes robbery as any theft offense involving force or threat of force.
One of the stolen-property offenses also carried a felony failure-to-comply charge, in Cuyahoga County in 2008. He also was found guilty of misdemeanor failure to comply in Mentor Municipal Court earlier this year.
Failure to comply is often used when a motorist is fleeing from police. The Mentor case is also noteworthy because his license was suspended, a penalty that would have been lifted only today – two days after dying while fleeing police in a car.
Hs former wife sought and received the dissolution of their marriage in Summit County in 2000, while he was in prison.
Malissa Williams, the other occupant of the car, had five drug-related convictions in Cuyahoga county between 2004 and 2008. During that time she was also charged with rape and attempted abduction. The rape charge was dropped when she pleaded guilty to the lesser attempted abduction count. The on-line record does not carry details of that case.
No gun was found in the car. But Gardner said the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s office will do a gunshot-residue test on the dead bodies to determine if either might have fired at police. That will not be completed until later in the week.
The chase begin at the Justice Center in downtown Cleveland Friday. Officers from Bratenahl, East Cleveland, the Ohio Highway Patrol and Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Deputies joined in the pursuit, which ended on a dead-end access street in East Cleveland, near a middle school.
Michael Brelo was the only officer charged. They focused on him because he made his way over a patrol car onto the hood of Russell’s Malibu SS to fire off rounds through the windshield. In the midst of the hail of gunfire, Brelo is lucky he wasn’t hit.
After a 47 day trial, he was acquitted.
I watched Cuyahoga County Common Please Judge John O’Donnell’s extensive, point-by point summation during the verdict, and he was pretty thorough.
The protesters (all 100 of them) showed up to march and do their “hands up, don’t shoot” routine, in spite of the fact that the shooting in Ferguson was more than justified. But once a meme is established, it never goes away. Never let the facts get in the way of a good mantra.
The ‘troof ta powa’ assclowns will keep pounding the racial shit when the truth of the matter is:
The high speed chase began when Russell’s car backfired as he sped past Cleveland police headquarters. Police officers and bystanders thought someone inside had fired a gun. The pursuit reached speeds in excess of 100mph that endangered the public, and by the way, during the chase, Russell tried to run over several police officers and intentionally rammed other patrol cars.
Both Russell and his sidekick Mallisa Williams were high out of their minds on alcohol and cocaine.
Both had a considerable history of violent crime and they shouldn’t have been out on the streets. There were 137 shots fired at the vehicle by 13 officers. There’s really no way to figure out which rounds were initially fired, or which were the first ones to be fatal.
In any case, two career criminal thugs have been removed from the gene pool.
And of course, what would a trumped-up race baiting trial be without Obama’s DOJ ‘reviewing’ an outcome that doesn’t fit their agenda. This is the same Obama DOJ that collaborated with the coverup of the IRS targeting of Tea Party groups, funded and organized anti-George Zimmerman protests, ran guns to Mexico, refused to prosecute Black Panther thugs, tapped into the emails, phones, and computers of reporters in violation of the 4th Amendment, and his Deputy Assistant Attorney General implemented a policy of ‘Never bring another lawsuit against a black or other national minority’.
Loretta Lynch is Holder redux.
Who the hell will investigate them?