Prepare yourself for the outrage over this officer’s acquittal.
Protesters took to the streets and the Department of Justice promised an investigation after a judge on Saturday acquitted a Cleveland patrolman of manslaughter in the 2012 killing of a black couple suspected of firing at police.
A Democrat congresswoman called the verdict in the case against Officer Michael Brelo a “miscarriage of justice,” but the judge in the case said he refused to “sacrifice” Brelo to the nation’s current hysteria over police use of force.
According to Fox News, Brelo jumped on the hood of a car containing Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams and fired after a November, 2012, chase that started when Russell’s car backfired when it was passing the Cleveland police headquarters. Thinking someone in the car had fired a weapon, police began a pursuit that turned into a high-speed chase.
Police never determined why Russell didn’t stop at some point during the 22-mile pursuit. The chase ended only after he rammed a police car in a middle school parking lot, according to CNN.
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