CLEVELAND (AP) — Six former Cleveland police officers are trying to get their jobs back after being fired following a high-speed chase and deadly shooting that led to changes at the department.
The November 2012 chase began when officers mistook the sound of a backfiring vehicle for a gunshot. It ended in a 137-shot barrage that killed two unarmed black people in East Cleveland.
Cleveland.com reports the arbitration process includes patrolman Michael Brelo, the only officer charged with a felony in the case. He was acquitted of manslaughter charges for firing the last 15 shots.
Thirteen officers fired shots. Six officers, including Brelo, were fired in January. A seventh officer retired before facing discipline.
The police union president vowed to fight the discipline and has described the firings as unprecedented and politically motivated.