Cleveland car chase ended with 2 dead, 137 shots fired — and the 2 dead apparently unarmed!

A night-time car chase in Cleveland that ended on a schoolyard where more than 100 shots were fired at the suspect’s vehicle appeared to be over when an officer opened fire again, a prosecutor said in announcing charges against the patrolman and five police supervisors.

Cleveland patrol officer Michael Brelo stood on the hood of the suspect’s car and fired at least 15 shots through the windshield – five fatal – at the two unarmed people inside, Cuyahoga County prosecutor Tim McGinty said Friday.

McGinty cited a US supreme court ruling this week that said police can’t fire on suspects after a public safety threat has ended. He said the other officers on the scene had stopped firing after the November 2012 chase ended.

“This was now a stop-and-shoot – no longer a chase-and-shoot,” McGinty said in announcing two counts of manslaughter against Brelo. “The law does not allow for a stop-and-shoot.”

Driver Timothy Russell was shot 23 times. Passenger Malissa Williams was shot 24 times. No gun was found on them or in their vehicle. The chase had begun when an officer thought he heard a gunshot from a car speeding by the police and courts complex, jumped into his patrol car and radioed for help. Police don’t know why Russell didn’t stop.

Brelo fired a total of 49 shots. In all, 137 shots were fired at the schoolyard, authorities say. None of the other 12 officers who fired shots were indicted, McGinty said Friday. Five supervisors were charged with dereliction of duty for failing to control the chase.

The killings have been decried as a racially motivated execution – both victims were black – and are part of a wide-ranging federal investigation, including into the police department’s use of deadly force and its pursuit policies.

Lots more details if you want to RTFA. This all happened a year-and-a-half ago. Legal wheels always grind slowest when cops and racism are involved. The copper who jumped on the hood of the halted car and fired at least 15 times through the windshield deserves whatever may be the maximum sentence for manslaughter with a firearm – in Ohio. He has been indicted on two counts of manslaughter.

Do I think racism was part of the equation? In what country did this take place? Racism is as American as baseball and apple pie.

3 thoughts on “Cleveland car chase ended with 2 dead, 137 shots fired — and the 2 dead apparently unarmed!

  1. Nikohl Vandel says:

    i don’t need to read more. i am really, really tired of these stupid police thinking that they are on a movie set. wtf. can we go back to when the police did smart things to “catch the bad guy” ……. what was the alleged crime again? yikes. #GlobalPoliceStateStanddown until we can #StopPoliceStupidity and get them all to #PlayRealLife not a CSI Episode in OUR STREETS.

  2. Tsk-tsk says:

    An altogether too familiar headline (“Police Shooting Frenzy Raises Concerns” Miami ). Since the unrest of the 1960s American police departments have been led to embrace the use of military tactics, which in turn created a creeping battlefield mentality that’s isolated and alienated police officers and served to condition them to seeing citizens as an other or enemies and by doing so has put law enforcement on a collision course with the values of a free society.

  3. angrymanspeaks says:

    Reblogged this on angrymanspeaks and commented:
    Protect and Serve; Protect and Serve
    Perhaps we should give this Cop an award for PROTECTING us from a innocent Black dude by blowing his AND HIS GIRLFRIEND’S shit away. Cops are really Neat; aren’t they?
    “You deserve a medal; you racist slug.”
    Manslaughter? What a joke. This Pig runs around Cleveland; obviously just waiting for a chance to show his Right-Wing Machismo and they have the balls to call it MANSLAUGHTER.

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