NAACP Leadership holds court watch training for Brelo case
News Desk | 8/19/2014, 8:11 p.m.
The Cleveland NAACP has initiated a "Court Watch Program" in which members of the community will attend court sessions in the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas. The purpose of the Court Watch Program will be to monitor and report back to the community the developments in the cases involving the police officers that have been indicted for their role in the deaths of Melissa Williams and Timothy Russell.
The Cuyahoga County Grand Jury indicted Patrolman Michael Brelo with two counts of voluntary manslaughter, first degree felonies. The Grand Jury also indicted supervisors Randolph Dailey, Patricia Coleman, Jason Edens, Michael Donegan, and Lt. Paul Wilson for dereliction of duty in the shooting deaths.
The next pre-trial conference is scheduled for August 20, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. in the courtroom of Judge John P. O'Donnell. Judge O'Donnell's Courtroom is located on the 18th floor of the Justice Center Towers, 1200 Ontario, Cleveland, Ohio.
Michael Brelo, who fired from the hood of the car, was charged with two counts of voluntary manslaughter, a first-degree felony. Read complete story here.
Persons interested in participating the NAACP Court Watch Initiative must first attend mandatory training and sign a Court Watch Training Agreement. The first mandatory training will be held at 6:00 p.m. at the NAACP Headquarters located at 7100 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44103. Please call or email the office to RSVP for the training. The office telephone number is (216) 231-6260. The training will be conducted by members of the NAACP Legal Redress and Criminal Justice Committees.