Protesters Block All Lanes On Cleveland’s Shoreway Following Officer’s Acquittal In Shooting of Two Unarmed Blacks

May 23, 2015: Protests block westbound lanes of Shoreway near the W. 44th Street exit. (Photo: WKYC-TV)
May 23, 2015: Protests block westbound lanes of Shoreway near the W. 44th Street exit.
(Photo: WKYC-TV)

Protesters blocked off all lanes of the Cleveland Memorial Shoreway on Saturday afternoon in reaction to the acquittal of Cleveland officer Michael Brelo in the shooting deaths of two unarmed people.

The protesters were blocking the Shoreway near the West 44th Street exit.

Brelo, 31, was acquitted Saturday of voluntary manslaughter in the shooting deaths of two unarmed people in a 137-shot barrage following a high-speed car chase.

Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge John P. O’Donnell ruled that Brelo, a white officer, acted within his constitutional rights in the November 2012 deaths of Timothy Russell, 43, and Malissa Williams, 30, two black occupants in the vehicle.

The judge, after reading a 34-page summary of the case, said he found that “Brelo’s entire use of deadly force was a constitutionally reasonable response to an objectively reasonably perceived threat of great bodily harm from the occupants of the Malibu, Russell and Williams.”

SOURCE: WKYC-TV, Cleveland

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