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Officers in deadly shooting back to work

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19 Action News has learned 12 of 13 Cleveland Police officers have gone back to regular duty following a deadly shooting last November after a chase across town.

Those 12 have regular assignments again. They have guns and the same duties as other Cleveland cops. They've gone back to work even though a county prosecutor is still reviewing the case for any criminal charges.

You may recall, last November -- there was a big long chase across town. The driver wouldn't stop. Officers killed him and his passenger firing 137 shots. Police thought they'd heard a shot and seen a gun, but no weapon was ever found.

Most of the officers have gone back on patrol but others are working in vice and even with a gang impact squad.

After the shooting, the chief sent the 13 officers involved to the police gym so that they could get counseling and family time. The 12 back to work have now been declared fit for duty after the shooting.

"It was clearly legally justified. There was an independent investigation. I believe its appropriate," said Police Union Attorney Pat D'Angelo.

Attorney David Malik represents the family of the passenger who was killed. He is clearly disgusted. 

"So what's the big surprise? Until civil rights activists really get out there and make some changes, this is the way the system is," said Attorney David Malik.

In the past, city officers have filed lawsuits demanding to go back to work after shootings.

Not clear why one in this case is not back. Any internal discipline will come after a prosecutor rules on any charges.  

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