Updated: Jan 2, 2022
In this documentary, law enforcement faces scrutiny as Americans demand justice after police violence claims two Black lives in Cleveland.
Date: November 29,2012
The victims, Timothy Russell and Marissa Williams had no weapon on them and police claimed they fired due to being fired at. Due to the 360 angles of firing from the enclosed police circle, police were in fact firing in other officers' direction, confusing them as coming from the victims' car. Thirteen police officers fired at Russell and Williams 137 times while they were in their car at a parking lot of a middle school, killing both. In May 2014, one of the officers involved, Michael Brelo, was charged with two counts of voluntary manslaughter, and was acquitted by a Cuyahoga County judge of the charges on May 23, 2015. Five police supervisors wer also charged with dereliction of duty, a misdemeanor. Their trial was set on July 17, 2015. The families of Russell and Williams filed a lawsuit against the city of Cleveland, and 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 were identified as Michael Brelo, Wilfredo Diaz, Brian Sabolik, Erin O'Donnell, Michael Farley, and Chris Ereg.