CLEVELAND (AP) - Prosecutors have asked a judge to dismiss charges in a county court against five white Cleveland police supervisors accused of failing to stop a chase that ended with two black people being killed in a 137-shot barrage of gunfire because identical charges have been filed elsewhere.
Friday’s motion in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court adds another twist to a legal controversy over where the supervisors should be tried on misdemeanor dereliction of duty charges. Prosecutors want the case tried in East Cleveland, a predominantly black suburb. An appellate court ruling Thursday halted that effort after defense attorneys argued that charges filed in county court last year have priority.
An attorney for one supervisor says prosecutors should let the appeals court rule on jurisdiction before seeking a dismissal in county court.
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