Malissa A. Williams (1982- Nov. 29, 2012)
by Earl Smith, PhD
So that Black women shot & killed by police are not forgotten we have pulled together our data to highlight those Black women who are the victims of police killings:
Along with Timothy Russell. Malissa and Russell were chased by 62 police cars and a total of 137 shots were fired at them. This happened in Cleveland, November 29, 2012.
On May 23, 2015 Cuyahoga Common Pleas Judge John P. O’Donnell found Brelo not guilty. Why? He said he could not tell which, specific shots killed Williams!!!
After fatal shootings, police officers may lose their jobs, but they rarely get prison time.
Brelo’s acquittal sparked major protests throughout Cleveland led by Black Lives Matter activists.
On January 26, 2016, six officers involved, including Brelo, were fired from the Cleveland Police Department. As of October, 2017, five of them have been reinstated.