Cleveland Police Officer Michael Brelo now faces criminal charges in one of the most troubling chapters in local law enforcement history.
Of course, we're talking about the November night in 2012, when a parade of police cars, more than 60 in all, pursued a fleeing vehicle at speeds of up to 125 miles an hour.
The chase, captured on street surveillance cameras, looked like a scene from a Hollywood action movie. But the results were real. A total of 137 shots fired. Two dead and 49 of the bullets came from Brelo's handgun. Brelo was indicted for manslaughter. Five supervisors are accused of dereliction of duty.
Finally, after 18 months, a degree of accountability. But questions remain; why did Mayor Jackson, along with his then-police chief and safety director, insist there was nothing wrong with a system that allowed the ill-fated chase to happen? And more importantly, will new policies under a new police chief prevent the next hot pursuit from turning into a deadly chase?
While we're at it, what about those dash cams and body cams for the cops? They're long overdue. City Council and the administration should waste no time in finding the cash needed to pay for them. This community needs the accountability for all parties that these cameras bring, and it needs it ASAP.
I'm Dominic Mancuso and that's how we see it.