Police officer cleared in unarmed killing
On Saturday, a judge ruled Cleveland police officer Michael Brelo not guilty, he was charged with killing both Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams, both who are African Americans. According to Judge John O’Donnell says Brelo was cleared because he believed his life was in danger and therefore he is not guilty of crime. He was facing charges of voluntary manslaughter as a result of a 137-shot barrage following a high-speed car chase. He ruled that officer Michael Brelo acted within his constitutional rights three years ago when he killed Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams.
This concludes one of several police abuse cases stirring up anger throughout Cleveland. Emotions among people upset at the verdict ran high outside the Cleveland courtroom. Some held up signs and chanted “no justice, no peace,” words heard in recent months in places like Ferguson, Missouri, and New York, where massive demonstrations sprung up after African-Americans died at the hands of white police officers.
”Brelo’s entire use of deadly force was a constitutionally reasonable response to an objectively reasonably perceived threat of great bodily harm from the occupants of the Malibu, Russell and Williams.” – Judge John O’Donnell
Prosecutors claimed that the deaths of the two individuals were result of a chase that began after the car driven by Russell backfired and officers mistakenly thought was caused by gunshots in Cleveland on November 29, 2012.
It turned out that neither Russell, 43, nor Williams, 30, were armed, but Russell led numerous police officers on a 22-mile chase. Read more at Examiner.com
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