Cleveland will pay $3 million to the families of Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams, who were killed after a 2012 car chase and shooting in which police officers fired 137 shots at Russell’s car, reports the Plain Dealer. Attorneys for the Russell and Williams families called the shooting “one of the worst examples of police misconduct in American history.”
The civil lawsuit settlement is expected to be filed soon in Probate Court. The shooting happened on Nov. 29, 2012, when 60-some police cruisers pursued Russell and Williams for more than 20 miles to a school parking lot in East Cleveland, where officers fired the shots. The chase began near the Justice Center in Cleveland, where officers believed someone in Russell’s car fired at them. Once at the school, officers said, Russell used his car to try to ram patrol cars and run over officers. The suit says the pair did not have a gun with them during any part of the pursuit.