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In November 2012, unarmed Cleveland residents Malissa Williams and Timothy Russell were killed when 13 police officers fired 137 shots at their car after a 20 minute chase. The chase began when their car apparently backfired as it passed police HQ. The noise was mistaken for a gunshot. The chase involved 60 police cars and about 100 police officers.

Police officer Michael Brelo fired his gun 49 times, 15 shots while he was standing on the hood of the car. Today, Michael Brelo was found not guilty on all counts. No other officers were charged.

“It ain’t no secret (it ain’t no secret)
It ain’t no secret (it ain’t no secret)
No secret my friend
You can get killed just for living in
You can get killed just for living in
You can get killed just for living in your American skin”
— American Skin (41 Shots), Bruce Springsteen

Art based on photo of front windshield of the car by Aaron Josefczyk/AP

theguardian.com/us-news/2015/may/23/cleveland-officer-not-guilty-shot-137-times-police

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