Cleveland: Six Cleveland police officers involved in the deadly November 2012 police chase and shooting that claimed the lives of two unarmed black residents were fired Tuesday, the city’s Safety Director Michael McGrath announced.
Michael Brelo, the officer who fired 49 of the more than 100 police bullets during the chaotic pursuit, was among those fired, Cleveland Police Patrolmen’s Association President Steve Loomis confirmed to local media.
On November 29, 2012, 43-year-old Cleveland man Timothy Russell led police on a chase through the city, reaching speeds of over 100 mph. After 22 minutes and more than 60 police cars joining the pursuit, the chase eventually came to end in a middle school parking lot, where a shootout ensued.
When it was all over, 13 officers fired 137 shots. Russell and Malissa Williams, a passenger in his 1979 Chevy Malibu, were hit more than 20 times each and died. No guns were found inside the car.
Investigators determined that every shot fired came from a Cleveland cop’s gun. It was later determined that most of the shots came from Brelo, who after all other cops had ceased fire, jumped on the hood of the Malibu and fired a second round of shots through the windshield.