Cleveland City Council considers 'no opinion' resolution

11:57 PM, Feb 11, 2013   |    comments
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CLEVELAND -- Cleveland Ciy Council is throwing its hat into the ring of opinions about that massive police chase.

On Monday night, an unusual resolution was submitted at its regular meeting.

It's the "no opinion" opinion resolution.

So what exactly does it really do?

Disturbed by Cleveland Police Patrolman's Union President Jeff Follmer calling for the resignation of Chief Mchael McGrath, Ward 2 Councilman Zack Reed is calling for neutrality.

The resolution seeks to show support for the process and the unbiased attitude the chief and city safety director are taking while investigating the actions of those police officers involved in the chase.

The 22-minute pursuit ended in the shooting deaths of suspects Malissa Williams and Timothy Russell.

Reed says the resolution is not meant to point blame at anyone in particular but instead encourage due process for the officers and respect for police procedures.

"If the Chief comes out on any one side initially, without bringing any of the facts forward, then it looks like a biased, tainted investigation and we cannot have that," Reed said.

Other council members support the city's decision to remain neutral until the adminsitrative review is completed.

They all seem to support the process.

Whether such a resolution is necessary or whether it could also be seen as tainting the process, will be determined by the vote.


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