Firm hired to defend Cleveland in lawsuit

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CLEVELAND (AP) — The city of Cleveland has hired a private law firm to handle a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the estates of two people killed in a 2012 police chase.

The Northeast Ohio Media Group ( ) reports that Cleveland will pay the law firm Roetzel & Andress up to $275 an hour to defend the city, police officers and supervisors named in a federal suit filed on behalf of Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams.

Russell and Williams were killed by Cleveland officers on Nov. 29, 2012, after a chase that started when officers thought they heard gunfire coming from their car. It ended with 13 officers firing 137 shots into the car. No weapon was ever found.

Last fall, 63 officers were disciplined for their roles in the chase.

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