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|Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson|
Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Tim McGinty was at the scene of the reenactment today at Heritage Middle School.
"They are re-enacting the murdering,"said Dorothy Sigelmier, a close aunt of Malissa Williams.
"We want them indicted," Sigelmier said at a rally around the shooting on Thursday led by Activist Kathy Wray Coleman and spearheaded by community activist groups including the Imperial Women Activists Group, the Carl Stokes Brigade, the Oppressed People's Nation, Black on Black Crime Inc, Sister to Sister and Stop Targeting Ohio's Poor.
"It was murder," said Ernest Smith at Thursday's rally, an East Cleveland activist who leads the East Cleveland grassroots groups the Oppressed People's Nation.
No weapon was found in the 1979 Chevy Malibu driven by Russell, 43, in which Williams, 30, was a passenger, and racial unrest continues to mount in the largely Black major American city of Cleveland, a city with exorbitant crime rates, an epidemic of rape and murder of women across racial lines, debilitating poverty, and struggling public schools.
DeWine's report around the tragedy lays blame at the city of Cleveland and systemic problems in its police department, something Jackson as mayor is in complete denial about, partly due to state and federal lawsuits filed by the Russell and Williams families.
The deadly car chase ultimately included 104 police and some 64 police cruisers, some cops and some police supervisors punished, but not the 13 cops that did the shooting.
One of the 13 police officers , who is still on the job like the other 12 officers, jumped aboard the hood of the car and fired 49 bullets through the front windshield. Both Williams and Russell were pronounced dead at the scene.
|New Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams|
Williams immediately began instituting new police chase policies, including a requirement that unless suspected of a violent crime or an OVI police cannot pursue high speed vehicle chases and place the community at risk, policies that have angered Cleveland Police Patrolmen's Association President Jeffrey
A Cuyahoga County Grand Jury is currently hearing evidence for a potential indictment of the 13 police officers that did the shooting. While activists demand an indictment many support the new policies and want them and old policies adhered to.
|Cleveland Police Patrolmen's Association President Jeffrey Follmer|
surrounded by police union members at a press conference where he labeled the
137 shots deadly shooting of two unarmed Blacks "a good shooting."
Follmer attended today's re-enactment and has been outspoken in support of the police officers involved in the shooting. The union had called for then police chief McGrath to be ousted but Jackson instead promoted him to safety director and gave his job to Williams, a sign that the ongoing tension between the Jackson administration and the police union remains steadfast.
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