The supervisors were originally charged in 2015 with dereliction-of-duty.
Three Cleveland police supervisors charged for their alleged involvement in the infamous “137 shots” case from November of 2012 all had their cases dismissed Wednesday afternoon.
Michael Donegan, Jason Edens and Paul Wilson were originally charged in 2015 with dereliction-of-duty for their apparent roles in the police chase that led to the shooting deaths of unarmed motorists Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams. The case was moved from Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court to East Cleveland Municipal Court after a series of court battles, and a judge previously declined to dismiss the charges.
All three cases were dismissed “with prejudice,” meaning they cannot be brought back at any time. Prosecutor Willa Hemmons said the decision was made due to a belief that “justice has been served” with reference to the defendants. She added that the city of East Cleveland had been “vindicated.”
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