Cleveland Police Subject of Netflix Documentary: 137 Shots

Law enforcement faces scrutiny as Americans demand justice after police violence claims multiple Black lives in Cleveland.

The shooting deaths of Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams, two homeless Black Americans, occurred in East Cleveland, Ohio on November 29, 2012, following a 22-minute police chase which started in downtown Cleveland.

Thirteen police officers fired at Russell and Williams 137 times while they were sitting in their car in a middle school parking lot, killing both.

In May 2014, one of the officers involved, Michael Brelo, was charged with two counts of voluntary manslaughter. On May 23, 2015, he was acquitted of all charges by Cuyahoga County Judge John O’Donnell.

Five police supervisors were also charged with dereliction of duty, a misdemeanor. Their trial was set for July 27, 2015.  All charges were eventually dismissed.

The families of Russell and Williams filed lawsuits against the city of Cleveland. They received a settlement of $3 million in November 2014.

On January 26, 2016, it was reported that six Cleveland police officers were fired due to their connection with the car chase. They have been identified as Michael Brelo, Wilfredo Diaz, Brian Sabolik, Erin O’Donnell, Michael Farley, and Chris Ereg. WIth the exception of Brelo, all were eventually re-instated to the CPD.

The Documentary can be found on Netflix.


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