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Fatal 137-Shot Barrage Gets 6 Cleveland Cops Fired

2012 incident killed 2 unarmed people

(Newser) - Cleveland officials said Wednesday they're terminating six police officers who fired during a 137-shot barrage that killed two unarmed people after a high-speed chase, the AP reports. It wasn't immediately clear if the fired officers include Patrolman Michael Brelo, who was acquitted of manslaughter charges in May for... More »

If Tamir Rice Were White, He'd Be Alive

'NYT' editorial board says case shows 'utter disregard' for black lives

(Newser) - "Tamir Rice of Cleveland would be alive today had he been a white 12-year-old playing with a toy gun in just about any middle-class neighborhood in the country." That's the assertion put forth by the New York Times editorial board as it argues that the entire case... More »

Tamir's Family Has Strong Words for Prosecutor

They accuse Tim McGinty of 'abusing' grand jury

(Newser) - A grand jury on Monday declined to indict a white police officer in the killing of Tamir Rice, and now his family has a few words about the case. In a statement, Tamir's family says it was "saddened and disappointed by this outcome—but not surprised." It... More »

Cops Won't Face Charges in Shooting of Tamir Rice

Grand jury opts not to indict

(Newser) - A grand jury has declined to indict a rookie Cleveland police officer or his partner for their roles in the fatal shooting of 12-year-old Tamir Rice , a black youngster who was holding what turned out to be a pellet gun. Patrolman Timothy Loehmann fatally shot Tamir Rice seconds after a... More »

2 Browns Players Arrested After Traffic Stop

They're not going to make it to Kansas City on Sunday

(Newser) - The Cleveland Browns say linebacker Armonty Bryant and safety De'Ante Saunders were arrested Christmas morning after a traffic stop. The team says Bryant will not travel with the team for Sunday's game against the Kansas City Chiefs so he can tend to the legal matter. The State Highway... More »

Expert: Tamir Rice Had Hands in Pockets When Shot by Cop

Expert also found he was shot less than one second after cop opened his car door

(Newser) - A 12-year-old boy killed by Cleveland police last year had his hands in his pockets when he was shot and wasn't reaching for the pellet gun he was carrying, according to an expert hired by the boy's family to review a frame-by-frame video of the deadly encounter. Tamir... More »

Cop Who Shot Tamir Rice Tells His Story

'The threat ... was real and active,' says Timothy Loehmann

(Newser) - The two Cleveland police officers involved in the shooting of 12-year-old Tamir Rice are telling their side of the story for the first time. In two statements, officers Timothy Loehmann and Frank Garmback say they were investigating a report of a "guy with a gun" in a park outside... More »

Cops: 14-Year-Old Robbed Bank Outside Cleveland

Kids these days

(Newser) - Authorities in Ohio say a 14-year-old boy wearing a backpack used a note to rob a bank in suburban Cleveland last month. Police in the city of Euclid say the Cleveland teen was arrested Monday and is being charged in juvenile court. They say they quickly identified the boy and... More »

7 Most Affordable Cities to Buy a Home

Cleveland tops the list

(Newser) - Looking for an affordable place to live? Well, this probably won't come as a surprise to you, but don't move to California. Coldwell Banker put together its annual Home Listing Report , which looks at the average listing price of more than 81,000 Coldwell Banker listings of four-bed,... More »

Teen Finds Himself on Missing Kids Database

He was kidnapped in Alabama 13 years ago

(Newser) - Julian Hernandez was missing for 13 years and he didn't know it. Authorities say the 18-year-old was kidnapped by his father in 2002 and taken from Alabama to Cleveland, where they lived under fake names, KENS 5 reports. Hernandez only discovered the truth this fall when he started applying... More »

Infant Taken From Mom Who Drank Pot Tea While Pregnant

Ohio woman says she researched using marijuana for sickness, pain

(Newser) - Ohio voters failed to legalize medical marijuana Tuesday—a law that could have prevented what's now happening to Hollie Sanford and her family. The Cleveland mom tried to alleviate extreme morning sickness and sciatic nerve pain during her pregnancy by drinking marijuana tea, a substance she tells Fox 8... More »

Alleged 'Serial Killer' Truck Driver Pleads Not Guilty

He's charged with multiple rapes and murders dating back to 1997

(Newser) - "Robert Rembert is a serial killer," prosecutor Timothy McGinty tells NBC News . "So far, we know he's purposefully executed five people." The 45-year-old truck driver pleaded not guilty to 25 felony charges Friday in connection with the deaths of four people in the Cleveland area... More »

Tamir Rice Shooting Justified: Reports

Cop acted reasonably, given what he knew in the situation

(Newser) - The death of 12-year-old Tamir Rice at the hands of a Cleveland police officer "was tragic and, indeed, when one considers his age, heartbreaking," but it was justified given what Officer Timothy Loehmann knew at the time of the shooting, independent inquiries have found. "Officer Loehmann's... More »

Rookie Cop: Tamir 'Gave Me No Choice'

County prosecutor's report released about Tamir Rice shooting

(Newser) - Did rookie cop Timothy Loehmann shout a warning before gunning down 12-year-old Tamir Rice last November? A newly released report doesn't quote Loehmann directly—he and his partner wouldn't talk to sheriff's investigators—but other officers say he did yell commands and felt he had to shoot... More »

Judge: Cops in Tamir Rice Case Should Be Charged

But he doesn't have the authority to make it happen.

(Newser) - A judge said today that enough evidence exists to charge two white policemen in the fatal shooting of 12-year-old Tamir Rice in Cleveland—a move the AP calls a "largely symbolic" ruling because he can't compel prosecutors to charge them. Municipal Court Judge Ronald Adrine ruled there's... More »

Little-Used Ohio Law Invoked in Tamir Rice Case

Frustrated activists want to bypass prosecutors

(Newser) - It has been more than six months since a rookie cop shot a 12-year-old boy to death in Cleveland—and community leaders are tired of waiting for prosecutors to act. They plan to use a little-known and little-used Ohio law to go directly to a judge to have the officers... More »

2 Former Cleveland Captives Receive Belated Honor

Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus get their high school diplomas

(Newser) - Ariel Castro robbed them of the chance to graduate from high school as teenagers, but two of his former captives picked up honorary diplomas this week in Cleveland. Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus donned caps and gowns and received them during John Marshall High School's commencement, reports WKYC . Berry... More »

Cleveland Cuts Deal With Justice Department

Settlement may allow feds to manage police reform

(Newser) - Cleveland and the US Justice Department have reached a settlement over alleged abuses by the city's police officers , including the needless use of deadly force, the New York Times reports. No details are out yet, but in similar deals, the Justice Department has demanded that independent monitors manage reforms... More »

Cleveland Cop Who Killed Unarmed Couple Is Cleared

He fired through windshield at pair after police chase

(Newser) - A white Cleveland police officer has been cleared of wrongdoing in a high-profile city shooting that left two unarmed black people dead. A judge today found Michael Brelo not guilty of voluntary manslaughter in the 2012 shootings that followed a massive police chase involving more than 100 cops, reports Cleveland.... More »

Tamir Rice's Mom Wants 'Justice,' Lives in Shelter

And family of boy shot by cops refuses to halt civil lawsuit

(Newser) - Five months is long enough, they say, and they're not willing to wait. The family of Tamir Rice—the 12-year-old boy gunned down by Cleveland police last year while carrying a toy gun—said today they won't hold off their civil lawsuit, the Washington Post reports. "The... More »

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