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Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Tim McGinty held a news conference at 4:15 Friday afternoon to announce an update in the deadly 2012 Cleveland Police chase that ended with the deaths of two people.
137 shots were fired. A total of 13 Cleveland Police Officers fired their guns in the incident. Officer Michael Brelo alone fired dozens of shots.
The Prosecutors's office has charged Officer Brelo with two counts of manslaughter. Brelo fired 49 of the 137 shots.
The grand jury also indicted five supervisors; Sgt. Donegan, Sgt. Edens, Sgt. Daley, Sgt. Coleman, and Lt. Wilson, each on two misdemeanor counts of dereliction of duty.
On November 29, 2012, police chased a car with two people from Cleveland to East Cleveland. Officers first saw the car speeding and heard what appeared to be a gunshot coming from it.
The driver refused to stop, and officers reported seeing a weapon in the car, but no gun was ever found. The 28-minute chase ended with officers firing shots into the car, killing the driver, Timothy Russell and the passenger, Malissa Williams.
Lawyers for the families say it was excessive force and have filed a lawsuit against the city, the officers and their bosses.
Lawyers for the city say: "It is the reasonableness of each officer's split-second judgement to use deadly force., not the reasonableness of the police pursuit."
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