Almost a year to the day that two unarmed occupants in a car were fatally shot by 13 police officers following a pursuit that ended in East Cleveland, the family of the victims have filed a federal lawsuit against the city “…seeking damages and police reform to protect the public,” according to their attorney David B. Malik.

The lawsuit, filed electronically in U.S. District Court on Thanksgiving, lists Malik and Cleveland attorneys Terry Gilbert and Gordon S. Friedman as the lead attorneys.

The 59-page document lists causes of action that include excessive force, failure to supervise, assault/battery, negligent supervision and wrongful death. The lawsuit also asks for damages and that a jury trial be held.

Police say the incident started on West St. Clair Avenue near the Justice Center.

An officer saw the car drive past and one of the occupants appeared to have fired a shot at or in the vicinity of the officer.

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