Deadly police chase could lead to area-wide policy changes

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Deadly police chase could lead to policy changes Deadly police chase could lead to policy changes

19 Action News has learned of new fallout from a November Cleveland police chase that ended in East Cleveland with officers killing two people. Talk is starting in a police chief's group to develop one chase policy for all officers in Cuyahoga County.

Clayton Harris heads the Cuyahoga County Police Chief's Association. "There is a move afoot because of what occurred," said Clayton Harris.

There had been talk years ago for a countywide chase policy, and it went nowhere. This time may be different. Harris predicts a countywide policy perhaps by the summer.

For the November chase, the State Attorney General's office is doing a criminal investigation, and Cleveland Police are doing their own investigation.

At a hearing before the Cleveland City Council Public Safety Committee, council members, the police chief, and the safety director all called for a countywide policy. Over the years, chases have come into the city and gone out of the city--sometimes ending with serious crashes, or in this most recent case, police gunfire.

The police chief's association recently developed a countywide policy for handling sex assault cases.

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