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6 Cleveland Police Officers Indicted for 2012 Chase and Shooting

June 02, 2014  | 

Photo: Cleveland Police Facebook
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A Cuyahoga County grand jury Friday indicted six Cleveland police officers for their roles in a 2012 police chase and shooting that left two people dead and carved deep schisms into the community, reports The Plain Dealer.

The grand jury charged Patrolman Michael Brelo with two counts of voluntary manslaughter, a first-degree felony. The panel also accused five supervisors of dereliction of duty: Sergeants Randolph Dailey, Patricia Coleman, Jason Edens, Michael Donegan and Lt. Paul Wilson, Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy McGinty said.

Brelo fired 49 shots at a 1979 Chevrolet Malibu. He fired his Glock handgun more than any of the 13 officers who unloaded 137 shots at the car, after a 23-minute chase that began at the Justice Center in Cleveland and ended in an East Cleveland middle school.

But Patrick D'Angelo, an attorney for the police union, lambasted the prosecutor and the indictment. He said McGinty's office had the benefit of hindsight, spending about 18 months dissecting the movements Brelo made in seconds.

"His rendition of the facts is a gross distortion of the reality of the dangerous events that Officer Brelo faced," D'Angelo said. "He is using soundbites to fit his theory of the case."

Tags: Cleveland Pursuit Shooting, Vehicle Pursuits, Officer Involved Shootings, Cleveland Division of Police, Officer Prosecution


Comments (17)

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KevopAz @ 6/2/2014 4:20 PM

Not at all sure of the facts in this case, article really didn't give many about the original incident. Yet as a past investigator of O.I. shootings, I have to say sure sounds like a few too many shots were fired on the face of it, even if shots needed to be fired still sound like Dodge City in the old west. I couldn't tell if the 2 dead were innocents or suspects or what, I assume from the incitements that they were just innocent victims. The one part I find interesting is the inditement of the Supervisors for failing to supervise, interesting. That could really put a chill into all Supervisors in the future. God go with these Police Brothers and let Justice be done, leave out the politics PLEASE!

Lenny @ 6/2/2014 5:31 PM

"6 Cleveland Police Officers Indicted for 2012 Chase and Shooting"

GOOD!!
It's about bloody time.
137 shots fired at 2 UNARMED black suspects, including about 15 fired from the hood of the car.
104 cops(in 60 different vehicles) involved in chasing 2 black suspects because some pinhead THOUGHT he heard a gun, sounds like an ececution to me. And if you were thinking of asking
why thet didn't stop try asking the Cleveland cops why they are under federal investigation.
And to KevopAZ, a few too many? What would you concider to be reasonable number to be
fired on 2 unarmed people AFTER the chase ended? If you need more info this story is all over
the place, not just on this site. As far as the politics go ,I leave that to you guys. Shouldn't
take too long for many on this site to somehow blame Obama, Holder, & DOJ.
Brelo should be charged with premeditated murder.

Deadman @ 6/2/2014 5:37 PM

The prosecutor didn't even think to name the police chief or safety director ,because he is personal friends with them,The State of Ohios Attorney Generals office investigate and ruled there were systemic failures in supervision and management of this department.These go through the chief,the safety director and the mayo,there have a list of screw-ups since these top three smucks took office,.That systemic failure was just not this incident but a long list of screw-ups in the police departmen,Fire and emergency rescue people,even the service department has been caught with its pants down and the mayor was re-elected and he promoted the chief to safety director and the safety director to administrative assistant,somebody is covering up something.
Somethings Rotten in Cleveland! The mayor,safety director and chief,threw the officers under the bus,there were things done wrong but no supervisor,supervised and the top brass got raises and promotions.

Capt. Crunch @ 6/2/2014 6:21 PM

@ Hey Troll, you racist POS what the does the suspects color have to do with anything.

Capt. Crunch @ 6/2/2014 6:21 PM

@ Hey Troll, you racist POS what the does the suspects color have to do with anything.

Lenny @ 6/2/2014 6:33 PM

"what the does the suspects color have to do with anything"
In your country everything. I can't imagine what it must be like for a person of colour to get pulled over by some cracker in the US. Instantly you are a suspect
of pretty much anything. Capt., please try to pay attention, if you really can't see the point I'm trying to make and you consider me the racist then you have really found the sweet spot for a career.

Tony Hansley @ 6/2/2014 6:57 PM

I do not know all about the story neither was I there so I will hold judgement but I will say it must be something there otherwise the officers would not have been charged so lets let it play out in the court and not in public opinion and this is from a black officer of the law

TheRookie @ 6/2/2014 8:55 PM

Hey Capt. Lenny must be one of them foreign trolls. May just be one of them foreign cops who carry a miniature baton, too.
As for the story if you're a cop and don't know about it wake the puck up. It was a dumb azz call all the way around. But, There were Street Officers to Lt's. involved. 60 cruisers 70 officers. Cleveland P.D. has been under the gun for quite some time on numerous different issues. It shows that the problem comes from the top down, Mayor, Prior Police Chief, Deputy Chiefs, Division Commanders, District Commanders, etc. They say some supervisors are going to face lawsuits. Wonder when Erik` von With-Holder @ Dept. of No-Justice is going to dive in. It's good to be retired these days.

Lenny @ 6/2/2014 9:34 PM

Well that didn't take long already mentioned Holder and blaming the Mayor, and anyone above your rank. Typical!

Capt. Crunch @ 6/3/2014 12:28 AM

@ TheRookie, well said. Looks like the Troll, is use to mayors like Rob Ford.

Capt. Crunch @ 6/3/2014 12:28 AM

@ TheRookie, well said. Looks like the Troll, is use to mayors like Rob Ford.

Capt. Crunch @ 6/3/2014 12:28 AM

@ TheRookie, well said. Looks like the Troll, is use to mayors like Rob Ford.

Bob @ VA @ 6/3/2014 5:55 AM

As far as the reasonableness of Ofc. Brelo's jumping on the hood of the stopped and trapped vehicle and firing into the windshield at the unarmed occupants, see footnote 9 of Scott v. Harris, 550 U.S. 372 (2007). There, the majority discussed that application of Tennessee v. Garner, 471 U. S. 1 (1985), to car chases. The example of the use of deadly force in a car chase from Garner and clarified in Harris involved a continuing action/threat during a pursuit. Since Russel's vehicle was completely trapped by police vehicles, the occupants were unarmed, and all other police firing had stopped, I don't believe that Ofc Brilo could then legally jump on the hood of the perp's car and reopen fire for a "coup de grâce" through the windshield. The pursuit, the threat to the public, and hence the "heat of battle" was already over at that point, hence failing the legal tests cited. That seems to be the basis of the voluntary manslaughter charges, which appear appropriate in this specific case.

Phil306 @ 6/4/2014 8:06 PM

This is the face of law enforcement in the United States of America! Disgusting! I wonder if the union offered them Depends? What a bunch of absolute cowards! Did they think Dorner was in this car? Ofc Brelo should be Cop of the Year. Did he take a doughnut break while changing magazines? Let's not forget that these dead victims were totally innocent! Read that you morons: INNOCENT! If a civilian had perpetrated these murders, they'd be facing murder 1. These low-life thug criminal cops should face nothing less! They all deserve the gas chamber!

plato's playdough @ 6/8/2014 2:33 AM

http://www.cleveland.com/metro/index.ssf/2012/11/no_one_injured_during_police_c.html

This is a link to the original story, relating that the chase began after shots were fired at police, as well as during the attempt to apprehend. With no mention of the original story within this article's contents, I would have been interested in the details pursuant to the decision against the supervisors.

S.S. @ 6/9/2014 7:34 AM

Im guessing lenny and her boyfriend phil were just aching to type their idiotic comments to this story. Plato is right read the whole story, and go into the lives of the 2 p.o.s.'s that were killed. lenny and phil just go back to lenny's mommy's basement and do whatever it is you two do, and disappear.

Lenny @ 6/17/2014 2:33 PM

Right SS, just go be highly decorated somewhere

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