Saturday, May 23, 2015

Cleveland Police Officer Acquitted of Manslaughter in 2012 Deaths ----- There is absolutely no excuse for this

By MITCH SMITHMAY 23, 2015
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The windshield of Timothy Russell's car was shown last month during Officer Brelo's trial. CreditAaron Josefczyk/Reuters

A Cleveland police officer who climbed onto the hood of a car after a chase and fired repeatedly at its unarmed occupants in 2012 was acquitted of manslaughter on Saturday by an Ohio judge.

The trial of the officer, Michael Brelo, played out amid broader questions about how the police interact with African-Americans and the use force, in Cleveland and across the country.

Officer Brelo was one of several officers who shot at Timothy Russell and his passenger, Malissa Williams, during a chase through the Cleveland area on Nov. 29, 2012. The chase, which started in downtown Cleveland, began after reports of gunfire from the car; prosecutors said the noise may have been the car backfiring.