Cleveland NAACP responds after officers involved in '137-shots' chase get jobs back

Cleveland NAACP responds after officers involved in '137-shots' chase get jobs back

DOWNTOWN CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Michael Brelo will remained fired, but five other Cleveland police officers involved in the 137-shots chase are getting their jobs back.

Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams died in that 2012 police chase. A member of the Cleveland Clergy Alliance has described the chase as such: "Two unarmed citizens were shot down like dogs -- 137 shots by Cleveland police officers."

This week, Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson issued a statement on the arbitration between the city of Cleveland and the city's police union, stemming from the shooting.

Here's what Jackson had to say:

"Today, an arbitrator issued an opinion regarding the discipline issued to 12 officers who fired their weapons in the police pursuit of Nov. 29, 2012 that resulted in the death of two people.

The Cleveland Branch of the NAACP has responded to the reinstatement:

Cleveland, Ohio, June 14, 2017...The decision by Arbitrator William Heekin to reinstate five Cleveland Police officers involved in the police chase and killing of Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams is an ongoing miscarriage of justice.

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