Officer Michael Brelo, who shot repeatedly at an unarmed black couple in 2012, some of the time while standing on the hood of their car, was acquitted of charges of manslaughter today by an Ohio judge.
Officer Brelo was one of the police officers who shot at Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams during a high-speed car chase through Cleveland in 2012. Over 100 officers pursued the car for 22 miles. Once the car had come to a stop, police officers fired 137 rounds at the car; 49 came from Officer Brelo.
While other officers stopped shooting after the car had stopped, Officer Brelo climbed on the hood of Russell’s car and fired at least 15 shots into the car. When arrested back in 2012, Officer Brelo told police that he believed the couple had a gun, and that he had heard gunshots coming from them. Both of those beliefs turned out to be false.