One of the Cleveland officers facing charges in connection with the
and chase appeared in court Monday.
Police Officer Michael Brelo is charged with voluntary manslaughter in the shooting deaths of Malissa Williams and Timothy Russell, after a long police chase in which officers fired 137 shots.
Monday's hearing for Officer Brelo was not really about the facts of the case, but a lot about distrust and dislike between the teams of lawyers.
Prosecutors want defense attorney Patrick DeAngelo removed from representing Officer Brelo. They say that DeAngelo could be ineffective counsel because he has represented several other officers involved in the shooting who will be witnesses in this case. As counsel to those officers, DeAngelo would not be able to question them about confidential information.
Prosecutors say it opens up the chance of an appeal.
DeAngelo disagrees, and Officer Brelo told Judge John O'Donnell that he wants DeAngelo to stay.
"Do you understand you are giving up that possibility should you be found guilty?" asked Judge O'Donnell.
"Yes, I absolutely do understand that sir," answered Officer Brelo.
Prosecutors also suggest that a "blue wall of silence" has been built, and that officers could withhold some of what they saw.