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Thread started 04/06/15 10:42am

free2bfreeda

Trial to start for officer charged in deaths of 2 suspects

: http://www.cbs8.com/story...2-suspects

6 April 2015

Cleveland police Officer Michael Brelo, center, listens with his attorneys to opening arguments in court, Monday, April 6, 2015, in Cleveland. Brelo, 31, went on trial Monday on two counts of voluntary manslaughter in the November 2012 deaths of Timothy Russell, 43, and Malissa Williams, 30, after a high-speed chase. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, Pool)

Cleveland police Officer Michael Brelo, center, listens with his attorneys to opening arguments in court, Monday, April 6, 2015, in Cleveland. Brelo, 31, went on trial Monday on two counts of voluntary manslaughter in the November 2012 deaths of Timothy Russell, 43, and Malissa Williams, 30, after a high-speed chase.


CLEVELAND (AP) — The outcome of voluntary manslaughter charges against a Cleveland police officer likely will rest on a judge's decision whether the final 15 shots he fired during a 137-shot barrage by officers was justified.

Michael Brelo, 31, goes on trial Monday on two counts of voluntary manslaughter in the November 2012 deaths of Timothy Russell, 43, and Malissa Williams, 30, after a high-speed chase.

Brelo is the lone officer among the 13 who fired their weapons to be charged criminally. Prosecutors have said the threat to officers' lives was over when Brelo jumped from a police cruiser onto the hood of a beat-up Chevy Malibu to fire down into the windshield.

His defense team has argued that all 49 shots Brelo fired that night were justified and that the threat was not over until Brelo reached into the car and removed the keys. Russell and Williams each were struck by more than 20 rounds. Investigators concluded that nearly 100 rounds struck the Malibu.

Brelo's lawyers decided to have a judge, not a jury, decide the charges. He could receive a maximum sentence of 25 years if convicted.

The chase began with a failed traffic stop near a homeless shelter at the edge of downtown Cleveland. Russell sped off and drove past Cleveland police headquarters, where, investigators concluded, his car backfired. Officers and other witnesses standing outside were certain they'd heard gunshots. An officer's radio call to dispatch about shots having been fired prompted more than 104 officers in more than 60 police cars to pursue Russell and Williams at high speeds that reached at least 100 mph.

The chase ended in the parking lot of a middle school in East Cleveland where Russell and Williams found themselves trapped. Russell turned the car around and tried to flee down the school's narrow driveway but was blocked by cruisers. An officer who said he feared for his life when the Malibu drove toward him fired the first shots, prompting other officers, including Brelo, to fire. Brelo and his partner fired a total of 15 rounds through their own car's windshield before Brelo got out, climbed on top of another cruiser, and resumed firing.

Prosecutors contend that Brelo then jumped on the hood of the Malibu and fired the final 15 shots down into the windshield.

Brelo told investigators two weeks after the shooting that he didn't remember jumping on the hood. A rookie officer told the same investigators that Brelo talked about it afterward.

Investigators eventually concluded that neither Russell nor Williams had a gun.

The shooting helped prompt a months-long U.S. Department of Justice investigation that concluded in December that Cleveland police had engaged in a pattern and practice of using excessive force and violating people's civil rights. The city of Cleveland and the justice department are negotiating a reform-minded agreement that will be overseen by an independent monitor.

so we shall see how this rides out. is the officer brelo going to plead temorary insanity? eek

“Transracial is a term that has long since been defined as the adoption of a child that is of a different race than the adoptive parents,” : https://thinkprogress.org...fb6e18544a
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Reply #1 posted 04/06/15 9:34pm

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this case seems to be unimportant in that there is so much police misconduct until there is an aire of being "desensitized."

we just don't care anymore? is it because we know the police will in most cases be found to be exonerated/cleared/found not guilty because he/she was in fear of his/her life. so the killing will be deemed justified.

[Edited 4/6/15 21:40pm]

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Reply #2 posted 04/07/15 5:09am

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free2bfreeda said:

this case seems to be unimportant in that there is so much police misconduct until there is an aire of being "desensitized."

we just don't care anymore? is it because we know the police will in most cases be found to be exonerated/cleared/found not guilty because he/she was in fear of his/her life. so the killing will be deemed justified.

What makes you think this case seems to be unimportant? Please don't tell me you've made that assumption based on media coverage. The media doesn't determine whether a case is important or not.

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Reply #3 posted 04/07/15 8:16am

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Pokeno4Money said:

free2bfreeda said:

this case seems to be unimportant in that there is so much police misconduct until there is an aire of being "desensitized."

we just don't care anymore? is it because we know the police will in most cases be found to be exonerated/cleared/found not guilty because he/she was in fear of his/her life. so the killing will be deemed justified.

What makes you think this case seems to be unimportant? Please don't tell me you've made that assumption based on media coverage. The media doesn't determine whether a case is important or not.

one word: http://en.wikipedia.org/w...chology%29

, desensitization:

the diminished emotional responsiveness to a negative or aversive stimulus after repeated exposure to it. It also occurs when an emotional response is repeatedly evoked in situations in which the action tendency that is associated with the emotion proves irrelevant or unnecessary.

there is sooooo much misconduct in the police ranks. we the peope are being flooded daily with stories of questionable shootings and brutalities involving the policee. after a while it becomes yawn and creates a sense of "oh well" that's not that important.

it's a proven that in 98% of these incidents the involved police officer is found to be justified in the killings due to cronyism via the appointed prosecutors.

media coverage? they are the ones who do the televised pre trial and sway the public to the side of the offending officer(s).

so in most cases the media DOES "determine whether a case" has merit. they are the ones who exonerate the officer from any wrong doing.

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Reply #4 posted 04/09/15 6:09am

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These mfs watchin too many video games or something.

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Reply #5 posted 04/25/15 8:59am

free2bfreeda

CPD patrol officer's attorneys file motion to dismiss after prosecution rests its case

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Reply #6 posted 04/25/15 11:24am

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free2bfreeda said:

this case seems to be unimportant in that there is so much police misconduct until there is an aire of being "desensitized."

we just don't care anymore? is it because we know the police will in most cases be found to be exonerated/cleared/found not guilty because he/she was in fear of his/her life. so the killing will be deemed justified.

[Edited 4/6/15 21:40pm]

I think the opposite...that the more of these cases that happen, the more peoples jaws drop in disbelief that they are being yet again exonerated? But I do say this with no idea what the US media are saying and that I haven't seen or heard about this case at all in the UK press.

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