Arbitrator's police ruling condemned

Cleveland police protest

(Cleveland) - A local activist is reacting to the news that some officers who lost their jobs in a double killing five years ago are returning to the force. 

Al Porter, executive director of Black-on-Black Crime Inc is among those disappointed with an arbitrator's ruling, reinstating 5 Cleveland police officers who were fired for their roles in the 2012 deadly chase. 

Porter is upset with Mayor Frank Jackson for not fighting the decision, and challenger Zack Reed for accepting the endorsement of the Cleveland Police Patrolmens Association, which fought for the reinstatement of the officers. 

The officers were initially fired for the shooting deaths of Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams who were unarmed, but died in a barrage of nearly 140 bullets. 

Police union officials say Wilfredo Diaz, Brian Sabolik, Erin O'Donnell, Michael Farley and Christopher Ereg won their grievances with the city, for what city leaders said were violations of policy, when they chased Russell and Williams for 22 minutes before killing them.  

However, the main figure in the incident, Michael Brelo remains off the force after being acquitted of manslaughter in the case.

(Photos by Ken Robinson/WTAM)

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