CLEVELAND – Five white Cleveland police supervisors accused of failing to stop a chase that led to a 137-shot barrage of police gunfire and the deaths of two black suspects have been charged with misdemeanors in the predominantly black suburb where the shooting occurred.
The officers were charged Thursday in East Cleveland with dereliction of duty. They were indicted on the same charges in May 2014 in Cuyahoga County. The East Cleveland prosecutor says residents deserve the chance to have a trial there. She says there's an agreement to share resources with the county.
In East Cleveland, the lone judge is black and the jury pool would be drawn from a 93 percent black population.
A white officer was acquitted in the deaths, sparking protests.
The supervisors rejected a plea deal Wednesday.