CLEVELAND (AP) — Autopsies show evidence of cocaine in both people killed by police in a Cleveland chase which ended with 13 officers firing 137 rounds.
The reports Friday from the Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH'-guh) County medical examiner show cocaine in the blood of 43-year-old driver Timothy Russell and his passenger, 30-year-old Malissa Williams. He also tested positive for amphetamines and she tested positive for marijuana.
Both had criminal records. Russell was shot 23 times and Williams was shot 24.
Some community leaders called the shootings a racially motivated execution with no evidence the two were armed. It's unclear why the driver didn't stop.
Some officers thought the two were armed, but no weapon or shell casings were found.
The police union says the shootings were justified because the driver tried to ram an officer.