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Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine Points to ‘Systemic Failure’ in Fatal Police Shooting

Cleveland Police Chief Michael McGrath
Gus Chan / The Plain Dealer

Attorney General Mike DeWine said Tuesday that a November police chase that ended with the fatal shooting of two suspects revealed a "systemic failure" of the Cleveland police department.

"Command failed, communications failed, the system failed," DeWine said at a news conference in which he released results of a state investigation of the chase and shooting. "The system itself failed these officers."

DeWine said that though officers misinterpreted facts and failed to follow rules, the command has to be so strong and training so ingrained to prevent an officer's individual judgment from spiraling out of control.

"The system has to take over and put the brakes on," he said.

DeWine said that nearly 60 vehicles involved in the chase failed to follow city policy and joined the high-speed pursuit without asking a supervisor's permission.

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