CLEVELAND (AP) — A new document filed by prosecutors says a Cleveland police officer climbed on the hood of a car and fired 15 shots at the driver and passenger from less than 5 feet away — after they were no longer a threat.
That information was contained in a document filed Thursday by Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH'-guh) County Prosecutor Timothy McGinty in the November 2012 police chase that involved 62 cruisers and ended with the two unarmed suspects dead.
The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer (http://bit.ly/Ukt4nk ) reports that, according to McGinty, the shooting had stopped for more than 4 seconds when Officer Michael Brelo (BREE'-loh) climbed onto the hood and fired into the car after a chase that had "escalated to 'Blues Brothers' proportions."
The 30-year-old Brelo has pleaded not guilty to charges of voluntary manslaughter.
Information from: The Plain Dealer, http://www.cleveland.com