Cuyahoga County


May 23


Officer Michael Brelo was one of 13 officers who shot at Timothy Russell and his passenger, Malissa Williams, during a chase through the Cleveland area on Nov. 29, 2012. Police officers fired 137 rounds at the car, prosecutors have said, including 49 by Officer Brelo.

Officer Brelo climbed onto the car’s hood and fired at least 15 rounds from close range, including the fatal shots.

Officer Brelo opted for a bench trial before Judge John P. O’Donnell of the Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court. Defense attorneys said their client had feared for his life and believed gunfire was coming from Mr. Russell’s car. No gun was recovered.

Malissa Williams and Timothy Russell were unarmed.

The DOJ has announced that they will review the Brelo case.

You can read the full text of the #BreloVerdict here.

Here’s everything you need to know about the murders of Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams.


15 powerful photos of the Brelo Verdict protests rocking Cleveland 

On Saturday, Cuyahoga County Judge John P. O'Donnell delivered a verdict of not guilty for Cleveland Police Department Officer Michael Brelo, who jumped on the hood of an unarmed suspect’s car and fired 15 rounds through the windshield in a volley that contributed to the deaths of two black people, Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams, in 2012.

The verdict seemed to many in Cleveland that their police department will never be held accountable for officers’ misdeeds. The protest was predominantly peaceful, though 71 were arrested.


Cuyahoga County Criminal Court Building (Demolished), Cleveland, Ohio
from Library of Congress

The octagonal rotunda. Photos seem to have been shot while building was in the process of decomposing. This whole scene reminds me of that photo, I think in LIFE magazine, of Gloria Swanson standing in an old NYC theater while it was being torn down.

From LoC:

The Cuyahoga County Criminal Court Building is a fine example of the Art Deco Style as interpreted in Cleveland during the late 1920s and 1930s. The interior contained a restrained, but elegant octagonal entrance rotunda. The building housed both the criminal courts and a jail, with an ingenious circulation pattern that maintained maximum security at the same time that it permitted efficient transfer from one to the other. This building was the scene of a number of highly publicized trials, including that of the Marilyn Sheppard murder case in 1954.

Don’t Let Your Kids Get Too Fat, Unless You Want Them Taken Away

In America, land of the pizza-vegetable and the 24-hour chicken meal, kids who get “too obese” can now be taken from their homes and placed with foster families who receive personal training assistance not made available to their own parents. This is happening right now!

Last month, Cuyahoga County, Ohio case workers decided that the mom of an eight-year-old, 200-pound boy wasn’t doing enough to help him slim down and took the boy away from her before she gave him diabetes and hypertension. The boy’s inability to lose weight—all the fault of his mom, an elementary school teacher—constituted “medical neglect.” How can the county people be so sure that the boy doesn’t suffer from hypothyroidism? What about all the junky foods the boy kept receiving from other kids he knew? Let’s ignore those factors and continue assigning blame to the mom, who now gets to see her son only two hours per week. (via Gawker)