(CLEVELAND) — Six police officers in Cleveland were fired Monday and another six were suspended for their involvement in a deadly chase that ended with the shooting deaths of two, unarmed black people.
“The recommendation is six officers to be terminated, the other officers have various violations, relative to suspension,” Cleveland Public Safety Director Michael McGrath said Monday.
The news comes after an extensive investigation into the 2012 incident when 13 officers fired 137 shots in a high-speed chase over 25 minutes. Officers cornered Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams in their car in a middle school parking lot.
“Never in the history of Cleveland or any other city, for that matter, has there been an incident that covered the distance, time and number of individuals involved as this pursuit and the use of deadly force,” said Police commander James Chura. “It took an investigation just as unprecedented to get to the truth.”
The 13th officer involved retired last year.
In 2015 patrolman Michael Brelo, one of the officers involved, was acquitted of voluntary manslaughter charges connected to the incident.
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