Cleveland fires six police officers over 2012 chase

Six Cleveland police officers have been fired over their involvement in a November 2012 chase that led to the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man and woman.

Six other officers in the incident were suspended for 21 to 30 days and another retired last year.

The chase lasted more than 20 minutes and went through multiple cities at speeds topping 90 mph, ending in a school parking lot where Russell was shot 24 times and Williams 23 times. 137 shots were fired in total.

The decision to fire the officers comes as U.S. law enforcement is under scrutiny for the use of lethal force against minority groups. It followed a series of high-profile deaths of unarmed black men in confrontations with police, which have prompted sometimes violent demonstrations.

The U.S. Justice Department found in 2014 that the Cleveland police engaged in a pattern and practice of excessive force.

Source: Cleveland fires six police officers over deadly 2012 chase | Reuters