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Cleveland asks for calm after officers are indicted
Chief Calvin Willliams says the citizens will have plenty of forums to express themselves

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Chief Calvin Williams asking for calm and civility.
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Cleveland is asking residents to remain calm following the indictment this afternoon of six police officers – one on two counts of manslaughter.

The charges all stem from a massive chase and shooting 18 months ago that killed two unarmed people, Malissa Williams and Timothy Russell. Patrol Officer Michael Brelo Is accused of firing more than a third of the nearly 140 shots officers fired that night into Russell’s car, and the indictment says Brelo fired some of those shots from the hood of Russell’s car and after it was no longer a threat. 

Police Chief Calvin Williams says the case still has a ways to go.

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“This process is not over. The people, the citizens of Cleveland have to realize and allow the process to go through to its conclusion. I ask that people remain calm. There are plenty of forums out there for people to voice their concerns about the process and I ask that people do that in a civil manner.” 

Williams says Brelow is suspended without pay. And the five supervisors who are accused of actively participating in the nearly 25-minute chase have been reassigned. 

The patrol officers union says Brelow was genuinely afraid that night.

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