Cleveland Fires 6 Officers Involved In Deadly 2012 Police Chase

Six Cleveland police officers were fired over their involvement in a November 2012 chase that led to the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man and woman, city officials said on Tuesday.

Six officers, including Michael Brelo, were fired. The six remaining officers will be disciplined. One officer has already retired.

The officers were involved in the November 2012 chase that ended in a hail of bullets. Officers fired 137 shots, killing the two suspects, Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams. Neither suspect was armed.

Russell was hit by 24 shots, Williams by 23. Brelo is white; Russell and Williams were black. His acquittal sparked protests against police violence in Cleveland.

Five white Cleveland police supervisors accused of failing to stop the chase have been charged with misdemeanors in the predominantly black suburb where the shooting occurred, and are still awaiting trial.

Brelo was among the 13 officers. He was the only officer tried separately. He was acquitted of manslaughter last May.

The others terminated are:
Det. Erin O’Donnell
Officer Brian Sabolik
Officer Wilfredo Diaz
Officer Michael Farley
Det. Chris Ereg

City officials held a press conference Tuesday at 1 p.m. to announce the decisions.

Cleveland paid the families of Williams and Russell $1.5 million each to settle a wrongful death lawsuit.

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