Attorneys to make closing arguments in manslaughter trial of Cleveland police …

5 May 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Activists gather in downtown Cleveland to protest police brutality.

CLEVELAND (AP) — Attorneys are scheduled to make their closing arguments Tuesday in the trial of a Cleveland patrolman charged in the deaths of two unarmed people in a 137-shot barrage of police gunfire. Brelo was charged criminally because prosecutors said he fired his final 15 rounds after the car had stopped and Russell and Williams were no longer a threat. Prosecutors contend that Russell, 43, and Williams, 30, were still alive when Brelo fired “kill shots” through the windshield while standing on the hood of Russell’s beat-up Chevy Malibu. A number of police officers who also shot at the Malibu invoked their Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination when subpoenaed by prosecutors to testify at trial.

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