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Judge acquits Cleveland Police Officer Michael Brelo in 2012 killings
Judge acquits Cleveland Police Officer Michael Brelo in 2012 killings

Saying he would “not sacrifice” a Cleveland police officer to appease a public frustrated with law enforcement, a judge on Saturday acquitted Officer Michael Brelo of manslaughter charges after he shot two unarmed people at the end of a wild 2012 car chase, during which officers fired 137 shots. “I will not sacrifice him to a public frustrated by historical mistreatment at the hands of other officers,” Judge John P. O'Donnell of the Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court wrote in the opinion. Television footage showed Brelo, 31, bursting into tears when the judge declared him not guilty. He was accused of manslaughter for jumping onto the hood of the car and...

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