Michael Brelo is the police officer who was indicted for his role in the deaths of Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams on Nov. 29, 2012 in the police chase that rocked Cleveland’s Eastside. Brelo is charged with two counts of voluntary manslaughter. If convicted, he faces 6 to 22 years in prison.
He has pled not guilty even though he fired 49 shots into the car, with the last 15 unloaded while standing on the hood of Russell’s car, according to records filed by prosecutors. The records indicate that Brelo unleashed them four seconds after other officers had stopped firing.
Five supervisors – sergeants Randolph Dailey, Patricia Coleman, Jason Edens, Michael Donegan and Lt. Paul Wilson – were charged with dereliction of duty for their role in a chase that involved 62 police cars and more than 100 officers. The supervisors have pleaded not guilty.