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First of several punishments handed down in deadly Cleveland Police chase

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CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) -

A number of Cleveland Police supervisors are being disciplined after the deadly police chase last November. 

This is just the first round of disciplinary action in this case. More than 100 police officers were involved in the chase. The chief has yet to determine what will happen to them.

13 officers fired a total of 137 shots on November 29, 2012 killing timothy Russell and Malissa Williams. 

Months after the deadly shooting, emotions are still high. Some community activists we spoke with want one thing. "We won't be happy until all 13 officers are fired, prosecuted and jailed for murder," said Ernest Smith of Oppressed People's Nation.

Dorothy Sigelmier, Williams' aunt, says it still bothers her. "What in the heck? First thing I said when I heard about it was, Oh my God they shot them down like Bonnie and Clyde.'"

"The family did not have any preconceived ideas of any punishment that could come down," said Paul Cristallo, lawyer for the Russell family.  "They just want to make sure justice is served."

Cristallo also said, "Whether it is supervisors or the rank and file, people are held accountable for what happened that day."

The union representing the disciplined police supervisors says everyone will be filing grievances.

"Basically all the members in the FOP, including myself, feel that the penalties imposed were severe and not for just cause," said Lt. Brian Bentley, Fraternal Order of Police. 

This part of the police department's administrative review did not address the use of deadly force.  That review is currently being conducted by the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office. 

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