Cleveland settles federal lawsuit with families of police chase victims Timothy Russell, Malissa Williams
By John Caniglia, The Plain Dealer on July 16, 2014 at 2:00 PM
CLEVELAND, Ohio – Cleveland has settled a federal lawsuit for an undisclosed amount of money with the families of Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams, who were killed after a 2012 car chase in which police officers fired 137 shots at Russell’s car, a judge said Wednesday.
U.S. District Judge Dan Aaron Polster said in documents that the settlement is dependent upon a judge’s approval in Cuyahoga County Probate Court, where the estates were set up to oversee any awards from the lawsuit. A probate judge would decide whether the settlement is fair and just. Nothing had been filed on it Wednesday.
“The court held a settlement conference with clients and counsel on July 14,” Polster wrote. “As a result of negotiations, the above captioned case has settled, subject to Probate Court approval.”Cleveland settles federal lawsuit with families of police chase victims Timothy Russell, Malissa Williams