CLEVELAND – The trial for five white Cleveland police supervisors charged with failing to control a high-speed car chase that ended in the deaths of two unarmed black people is moving to a mostly black suburb.
It won't be held in Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH'-guh) County. County prosecutor Tim McGinty on Monday said East Cleveland officials contacted his office about trying the case after a white Cleveland patrolman was acquitted in May of felony charges for his role in a deadly 137-shot barrage of police gunfire. The acquittal sparked protests among blacks.
More than 93 percent of East Cleveland's residents are black; 30 percent of Cuyahoga County's residents are black.
McGinty says East Cleveland is an appropriate venue because lives were endangered there during the 2012 chase and shooting.
An attorney for one of the supervisors says moving the trial is inappropriate.