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Lawsuit against Cleveland police officers expanded to include supervisors

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Deadly November 2012 police chase, Cleveland Deadly November 2012 police chase, Cleveland
CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) -

New papers have been filed in a federal lawsuit over the 2012 Cleveland Police chase that involved dozens of police cars and ended with officers shooting and killing two people while firing 137 shots.

The lawsuit has just been amended or expanded to hold the city more accountable. Initially, when the suit was filed last November, it focused on the officers involved -- 13 fired the shots.

Now the suit includes a section highlighting what lawyers call "a systemic failure of the Cleveland Police Department, its supervisory officers and the city of Cleveland."

After the shooting, the Ohio Attorney General also put the blame on the leadership of the department.

Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson has defended his police bosses and criticized the attorney general for his take on what happened.

The lead attorneys for the lawsuit are David Malik and Terry Gilbert.

19 Action News reached Malik about the new filing, and he said simply, "the complaint speaks for itself."

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