Prosecutor asks court to correct judge’s alleged errors on Cleveland officer verdict

Prosecutor asks court to correct judge’s alleged errors on Cleveland officer verdict

An Ohio prosecutor on Friday asked a state appeals court to correct legal errors made by a judge who found a Cleveland officer not guilty in the shooting deaths of an unarmed black man and woman after a high-speed car chase in 2012.

Timothy McGinty of the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office filed the motion highlighting “egregious” mistakes in Judge John O’Donnell’s ruling last Saturday that cleared officer Michael Brelo in the shooting deaths of Malissa Williams and Timothy Russell.

The filing comes amid a national outcry against police violence towards minorities, following a series of high-profile police killings of unarmed black men around the country that prompted waves of protest.

McGinty said in the document that prosecutors could not contest Brelo’s acquittal but maintained that O’Donnell’s errors needed to be remedied.

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