CLEVELAND (AP) – A prosecutor has offered to drop charges against five white Cleveland police supervisors accused of failing to stop a high-speed car chase that ended in a 137-shot barrage of police gunfire and the deaths of two unarmed black people if they admit they endangered the public and other conditions.
Lawyers for two supervisors said Wednesday their clients won’t take the deal. Calls to the remaining attorneys haven’t been returned.
The supervisors are charged with misdemeanor dereliction of duty. The 2012 chase was mainly in Cleveland but ended in East Cleveland.
Cuyahoga County prosecutor Tim McGinty has said he plans to move the trial from Cleveland to East Cleveland, where the lone judge is black and the jury pool would be drawn from a 93 percent black population.
A white officer was acquitted in the deaths, sparking protests.
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