White Cleveland Officer Cleared In Shooting Of Unarmed Black Couple
The officer, who stood on the hood of a car in 2012 and shot two unarmed black men, was found not guilty of voluntary manslaughter.
Cuyahoga County Judge John P. O’Donnell, who reached the verdicts after a several-week bench trial, also ruled that Officer Michael Brelo was not guilty of two lesser-included counts of felonious assault…
The killings of Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams, both African-American, were among several police incidents prompting outrage in Cleveland in the past few years, and was one of the cases highlighted by a 2014 Department of Justice report that found that Cleveland police had a pattern of using excessive force.
What led to the deaths of Russell and Williams, prosecutors said, was a chase that began when a car driven by Russell backfired — a noise that officers thought was caused by gunshots — in Cleveland on November 29, 2012.
More than 60 police cars pursued the vehicle for 20 miles, sometime hitting speeds more than 100 mph.
When the chase ended in a middle school parking lot, about a dozen officers fired 137 shots at Williams’ car, Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy McGlinty said. Each was struck more than 20 times, according to the U.S. Justice Department.
Of the 137 shots, according to prosecutors, the only ones that weren’t legally justified were the final 15, allegedly fired by Brelo, who is white.
mea_mark May 23rd, 2015 at 3:05 pm
It’s a good thing it’s Memorial day weekend, that will keep the protests down. Next weekend though as we get close to the full moon, watch out. You’ve got a week to prepare Cleveland for the consequences of this ‘No Justice’ decision. No justice, no peace.
Carla Akins May 23rd, 2015 at 6:39 pm
They’ve been prepping for this for almost two weeks. I’d guess the timing is intentional. I just don’t understand how this is the verdict.
mea_mark May 23rd, 2015 at 6:44 pm
The oligarchy is still in control. Their henchman get a pass.
F_cons May 23rd, 2015 at 3:36 pm
The pig, climbed onto the roof of their car, executed them, and was given a free pass. If I climb onto a pigs car and execute them, can I be given a metal for saving who knows how many lives?
katkelly57 May 23rd, 2015 at 5:33 pm
Someone may give you a medal, but they (cops) will give you plenty of metal in the form of bullets.
labman57 May 23rd, 2015 at 6:44 pm
The cop felt threatened by the color of their skin.
crc3 May 24th, 2015 at 12:49 am
…and the insanity continues…