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    Cleveland officer found not guilty in killings that followed car chase

    Brelo, 31, was accused of manslaughter for jumping onto the hood of a car and unleashing a fatal barrage of gunfire at Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams. On Nov. 29, 2012, Russell led police on a 20-mile chase after he allegedly fired a gun at officers near the city's downtown justice center.

    During the 22-minute chase, more than 100 officers pursued Russell, firing dozens of shots. Russell's car was stopped after two police cruisers trapped it in a school parking lot. At that time, prosecutors contend, Brelo jumped on the hood of Russell's car and fired at Russell and Williams 15 times from point-blank range.
    Firing at Officers. Massive car chase, Officer, has balls as big as xxxxx. Charged, found not guilty.
    What am I missing here?

    http://touch.latimes.com/#section/17.../p2p-83542106/

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    Re: Cleveland officer found not guilty in killings that followed car chase

    Fix the link? I get an error when I go there.

    However, if what prosecutors said is true, that Brelo waited until the occupants of the car were unarmed (not sure what that means exactly) and then he basically executed them by firing into the car - he should have been found guilty. It would have been different if the occupants were still armed.... if the occupants still had guns but were out of ammo when Brelo shot them that's also different. Cops had no way to know he was out of ammo. The details however are a bit sketchy from the LA Times article and I wish there was something a bit more definitive around the testimony and actual facts leading up to the shooting. Perhaps a different article...
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    Re: Cleveland officer found not guilty in killings that followed car chase

    Quote Originally Posted by JANFU View Post
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    Firing at Officers. Massive car chase, Officer, has balls as big as xxxxx. Charged, found not guilty.
    What am I missing here?
    This one was quite shocking. It was chaos...dozens of police cars joined in the chase and fired 137 rounds into the car. One of the victims was shot over 60 times. He was found not guilty of manslaughter is because the court was unable to prove which shot actually killed them. Many were firing rounds. This particular one, jumped on the trunk of the car and blasted. Prior to that, a similar incident occurred with a teen. Cops fired multiple rounds into his parked car. I think what has people outraged, is they feel the couple did not have a chance to surrender once stopped. Here is the courts decision transcript.

    Read the judge's full decision in the Michael Brelo case (document) | cleveland.com

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    Re: Cleveland officer found not guilty in killings that followed car chase

    How is it possible to jump on to the hood of a car and fire 15 rounds at the occupants without being responsible for the deaths of those occupants?
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    Re: Cleveland officer found not guilty in killings that followed car chase

    Quote Originally Posted by Dittohead not! View Post
    How is it possible to jump on to the hood of a car and fire 15 rounds at the occupants without being responsible for the deaths of those occupants?
    Sounds as if it could not be proven that those shots killed them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SMTA View Post
    Sounds as if it could not be proven that those shots killed them.
    That's what it sounds like.
    When a couple of people are shot full of holes, it can be difficult to prove which of the shots actually killed them.
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    Re: Cleveland officer found not guilty in killings that followed car chase

    This isn't surprising. The shooting was justified regardless of whichever one of the dozens of officers was the designated scapegoat.

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    Re: Cleveland officer found not guilty in killings that followed car chase

    First, the two victims didn't fire at police. Police officers near the chase after it started heard loud noises they presumed were gunshots, but investigators now believe it was the sound of the car backfiring. The homeless man and woman were unarmed when police riddled them with bullets.

    I find the standards of justice disturbing. In this case, because it can't be proven that this particular officer fired the fatal shot, he was acquitted despite unloading his clip at close range at two unarmed citizens. However, in the state of Ohio, you can be convicted of murder if anyone is killed during the commission of a felony. It's called the felony murder rule. Why was this not applicable in this case?

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    Re: Cleveland officer found not guilty in killings that followed car chase

    Summon the animal rioters again!

    Time to burn a city down!

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    Re: Cleveland officer found not guilty in killings that followed car chase

    It's hard to blame black folks for feeling that they are treated poorly by the system, because they are treated very poorly, as this acquittal demonstrates. A disgusting shame from that jury.

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