The Latest: 6 Cleveland cops fired after 137-shot barrage


CLEVELAND (AP) — The Latest on the discipline for Cleveland police involved in a 137-shot barrage that killed two unarmed people (all times local):

2:35 p.m.

Cleveland officials are firing six police officers involved in a 137-shot barrage that killed two unarmed people after a high-speed chase.

It wasn’t immediately clear if those fired include Patrolman Michael Brelo (BREE’-loh), who was acquitted of manslaughter charges in May for firing the last 15 shots in East Cleveland on Nov. 29, 2012.

The police chief and public safety director announced the discipline Tuesday. They say six other officers face suspensions ranging from 21 days to 30 days. Another officer involved has retired.

All the officers had been cited for joining the chase and leaving the city without permission. Many were cited for endangering other officers by creating a crossfire situation.

A message seeking comment was left for the president of Cleveland’s largest police union.

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12:25 p.m.

Cleveland officials are ready to announce administrative discipline for 13 police officers who fired during a 137-shot barrage that killed two unarmed people after a high-speed chase.

They include Patrolman Michael Brelo (BREE’-loh), who was acquitted of manslaughter charges in May for having fired the last 15 shots of the barrage in East Cleveland on Nov. 29, 2012.

The mayor, police chief and public safety director scheduled a Tuesday afternoon news conference to discuss disciplinary action.

All the officers were cited for joining the chase and leaving the city without permission. Many were cited for endangering other officers by creating a crossfire situation.

Brelo was suspended without pay, and the other officers were put on desk duty.

The police union previously said the discipline would be challenged during hearings.

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