Key takeaways on Cleveland cops fired over 137-shot barrage


Key takeaways on the decision by Cleveland officials to fire six police officers involved in a 137-shot barrage that killed two unarmed people after a 2012 high-speed chase:

— Thirteen officers had been notified they faced administrative discipline, and one of them retired. Six of those officers face suspensions ranging from 21 to 30 days.

— Those fired include Michael Brelo, the patrolman acquitted of manslaughter charges for having fired the last 15 shots of the barrage in East Cleveland.

— The president of Cleveland’s largest police union, Steve Loomis, vowed to fight the discipline and said grievances appealing the firings were filed with the city. He described the firings as unprecedented and politically motivated action against officers who responded within their training to a tragic situation.

— The shooting occurred after a high-speed chase that involved 62 police cruisers and over 100 officers. It helped prompt an agreement between the city and the U.S. Department of Justice that is aimed at making reforms in the troubled police department.

— The chase began when officers standing outside police headquarters mistook the sound of a beat-up Chevrolet Malibu backfiring as a gunshot. Authorities never learned why the driver didn’t stop.

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