CLEVELAND -- Five white Cleveland police supervisors accused of failing to stop a chase that led to a 137-shot barrage of police gunfire and the deaths of two unarmed black suspects have been charged with misdemeanors in the predominantly black suburb where the shooting occurred.
Officers Randolph Dailey, Michael Donegan, Patricia Coleman, Jason Edens and Paul Wilson were charged Thursday with two counts of dereliction of duty in East Cleveland Municipal Court, according to CBS News affiliate WOIO. A court date has not been set.
The deadly chase on November 29, 2012 lasted 20 minutes, beginning in Cleveland and ending at Heritage Middle School in East Cleveland and involved more than 100 officers. At its conclusion, 137 shots were fired through the windshield of the vehicle, killing Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams.
In May, Cleveland police officer Michael Brelo was acquitted of voluntary manslaughter in the deaths, sparking protests. Brelo is white; Russell and Williams were black.
The supervisors charged Thursday were indicted on the same charges in May 2014 in Cuyahoga County. They rejected a plea deal Wednesday.
The East Cleveland prosecutor says residents deserve the chance to have a trial there. She says there's an agreement to share resources with the county.
In East Cleveland, the lone judge is black and the jury pool would be drawn from a 93 percent black population.
Also Thursday, an appeal filed in the Brelo case by Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy McGinty, seeking to correct what he called legal "errors" in the judge's ruling, was dismissed, WOIO reported.