SUPCO Upholds Trials For Cleveland Police Officials In East Cleveland
The Ohio Supreme court says five Cleveland police supervisors may face trial in East Cleveland on dereliction of duty charges. The supervisors were charged in connection with a 2012 cross-town chase that ended in 137 gunshots and the deaths of two unarmed African-Americans. Nick Castele of member station WCPN in Cleveland reports.
Cuyahoga County prosecutors accused the supervisors of failing to control the chase. It involved dozens of police cars and ended with the fatal shooting of an unarmed motorist and his passenger. Originally, the supervisors were indicted in county common pleas court. After Officer Michael Brelo was acquitted in the shooting, prosecutors moved to charge the supervisors instead in East Cleveland, where the chase ended. The supervisors argued East Cleveland lacked jurisdiction. An appeals court agreed. But a unanimous Ohio Supreme Court on Thursday reversed that ruling, saying the question of jurisdiction was up to East Cleveland’s municipal judge.