Update: Cleveland, Ohio Police Officers In Shooting Plead Not Guilty
A trial in the case of Cleveland Police Department Officers who shot over 157 times into a car with two unarmed suspects and their homicide/manslaughter has begun.
Six officers involved in the shooting plead not guilty in the Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court and were released on bond in the killings of 43-year-old Timothy Russell, and his 30-year-old passenger, Malissa Williams.
Michael Brelo, 30, faces two counts of manslaughter in the incident, where both Williams and Russell died. Supervisors also were reprimanded for not being able to control officers involved in the high speed pursuit and the use of force involved in the homicide of Williams and Russel.
The US Department of Justice is also investigating the Cleveland Police Department.
Brelo asked that people not rush to judgement based on what transpired.
Last month, a recent Supreme Court decision allows the use of deadly force to end a high speed car chase even without a shot being fired by a fleeing suspect. The court considers the car as a weapon and the public in danger if the chase continues an places the public at risk.
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