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Cleveland officer Michael Brelo comes away today scott free, being found not guilty in the killing of two African-Americans

A Cleveland judge found Michael Brelo not guilty on both counts of felony voluntary manslaughter for the shooting deaths of Timothy Russell and Melissa Williams. Judge John P. O’Donnell is quoted as saying,


“The state did not prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant knowingly caused the deaths of Timothy Russell and Melissa Williams, because the essential element of causation was not proved for both counts.”

Brelo stood on top of the hood of a car and shot 137 shots directly into the windshield of the other with Tim and Melissa both inside, killing them instantly. He alleged that a car backfiring was mistaken for a gunshot.

FEMA and the National Guard were on stand by in Cleveland at the time the verdict was read.