The Latest: Union calls Cleveland cops’ firings unbelievable

FILE - In this May 23, 2015, file photo, riot police stand in formation as a protest forms against the acquittal of Michael Brelo, a patrolman charged in the shooting deaths of two unarmed suspects in Cleveland. The city of Cleveland has reached a settlement with the U.S. Justice Department over a pattern of excessive force and civil rights violations by its police department, and the agreement could be announced as soon as Tuesday, May 26, 2015, a senior federal law enforcement official said. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)
FILE - In this May 23, 2015, file photo, riot police stand in formation as a protest forms against the acquittal of Michael Brelo, a patrolman charged in the shooting deaths of two unarmed suspects in Cleveland. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

CLEVELAND (AP) – The Latest on the discipline for Cleveland police involved in a 137-shot barrage that killed two unarmed people:

3:35 p.m.

The head of Cleveland’s largest police union says the firings of six officers after a 137-shot barrage that killed two unarmed people are unbelievable, unprecedented and politically motivated.

City officials announced Tuesday they’re firing six officers and giving six others multiweek suspensions in connection with the November 2012 shooting in East Cleveland. They were cited for violations such as creating a crossfire situation that could endanger officers and joining the chase and leaving the city without permission.

One more officer who had faced administrative discipline has retired.

The union’s president, Steve Loomis, says it will fight the discipline. Loomis says it was a terrible, tragic situation, but responding officers did the best they could under the circumstances.

He noted that no officers were hit by gunfire.

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2:35 p.m.

Cleveland officials are firing six police officers involved in a 137-shot barrage that killed two unarmed people after a high-speed chase.

It wasn’t immediately clear if those fired include Patrolman Michael Brelo, who was acquitted of manslaughter charges in May for firing the last 15 shots in East Cleveland on Nov. 29, 2012.

The police chief and public safety director announced the discipline Tuesday. They say six other officers face suspensions ranging from 21 days to 30 days. Another officer involved has retired.

All the officers had been cited for joining the chase and leaving the city without permission. Many were cited for endangering other officers by creating a crossfire situation.

A message seeking comment was left for the president of Cleveland’s largest police union.

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12:25 p.m.

Cleveland officials are ready to announce administrative discipline for 13 police officers who fired during a 137-shot barrage that killed two unarmed people after a high-speed chase.

They include Patrolman Michael Brelo, who was acquitted of manslaughter charges in May for having fired the last 15 shots of the barrage in East Cleveland on Nov. 29, 2012.

The mayor, police chief and public safety director scheduled a Tuesday afternoon news conference to discuss disciplinary action.

All the officers were cited for joining the chase and leaving the city without permission. Many were cited for endangering other officers by creating a crossfire situation.

Brelo was suspended without pay, and the other officers were put on desk duty.

The police union previously said the discipline would be challenged during hearings.

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