Jason Hanna, Ralph Ellis, and Greg Botelho, CNN
CLEVELAND, Ohio (CNN) — Yes, Cleveland police Officer Michael Brelo stood on a car and shot 15 times at the vehicle’s unarmed black occupants seconds after he and fellow officers first riddled the car with bullets in 2012 — but the shooting was justified, a judge ruled Saturday.
Concluding just one of several police use-of-force cases that prompted recent outrage in Cleveland, a Cuyahoga County judge decided that Brelo was not guilty of voluntary manslaughter and felonious assault in the deaths of Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams following a 22-mile car chase.
Emotions among people upset at the verdict ran high outside the Cleveland courtroom. One woman wept inconsolably on its steps.