“Today we have been told – yet again – our lives have no value.” In 2012, Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams, who were unarmed, were shot to death during and after a car chase in a 137-round hail of bullets discharged by Cleveland Police Officers.
Michael Brelo, 31, was one of 13 Cleveland cops involved in the 137 shot melee. Prosecutors alleged that Officer Brelo reloaded his gun and shot Russell and Williams after they were no longer a threat. Prosecutors said Brelo stood on the hood of his police car and shot 15 rounds at Russell and Williams through the windshield.
Even with all that, Brelo will walk without penalty.
“The verdict is another chilling reminder of a broken relationship between the Cleveland Police Department and the community it serves. Today we have been told – yet again – our lives have no value,” wrote Cleveland Congresswoman Marcia Fudge (D-OH) in a hotly worded statement.
The Department of Justice kicked the ass of the Cleveland Police Department in a stunning report outlining their well documented misconduct and overuse of excessive deadly force on citizens in December 2014. Quite obviously nothing has substantially changed. And Cleveland Mayor Frank Johnson and useless chief of police appear to have no answers.
Rep. Fudge’s full statement s below.
Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge Statement on the Michael Brelo verdict. Congresswoman Fudge calls verdict a miscarriage of justice and a chilling reminder of a broken relationship between the judicial system and those it serves
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – Today, Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge (OH-11) released the following statement after Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court Judge, John P. O’Donnell announced a final verdict in the case against Cleveland police officer, Michael Brelo:
“The decision of Judge John P. O’Donnell to acquit Officer Michael Brelo is a stunning setback on the road to justice for Timothy Russell, Malissa Williams and the people of Cleveland. The verdict is another chilling reminder of a broken relationship between the Cleveland Police Department and the community it serves. Today we have been told – yet again – our lives have no value.”
“By any measure, the firing of more than a hundred rounds of ammunition by the Cleveland Police Department toward two unarmed citizens was extreme, excessive, and unnecessary. The same can be said about Officer Brelo’s individual actions. My heart goes out to the families of Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams, and to the entire city of Cleveland.”
“The December 2014 U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) review of the Cleveland Police Department showed that we need sweeping, systemic changes in how our law enforcement works and interacts with the community. I pledge to continue to work with city officials to help implement these changes.”
“The decision may not be what we want but our march for justice continues. We still have a long way to go toward racial equality and justice in Ohio, and in the entire United States of America.”
Click here to see a copy of the DOJ response to Rep. Fudge
Click here to see Rep. Fudge’s statement on the DOJ Investigation of the Cleveland Police Department