CLEVELAND (AP) â€” The city of Cleveland has hired a private law firm to handle a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the estates of two people killed in a 2012 police chase. The Northeast Ohio Media Group (http://bit.ly/NqHwqs ) reports that Cleveland will pay the law firm Roetzel & Andress up to $275 an hour to defend the city, police officers and supervisors named in a federal suit filed on behalf of Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams.
This high speed pursuit claims are difficult to prosecute. There are usually governmental immunities that come into play which limit liability exposure. However, if policies regarding high speed chases are unreasonable or if reasonable procedures were not followed in any particular instance, there is a chance that this family will be able to recover for the loss of their loved ones.
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