CLEVELAND – Six officers in Cleveland’s troubled police department were indicted Friday in a November 2012 car chase that ended with two unarmed suspects dying in a hail of 137 shots. It was decried as a racially motivated execution and is part of a wide-ranging federal investigation.
Patrol officer Michael Brelo has been charged with two counts of manslaughter, and five supervisors have been charged with dereliction of duty for failing to control the chase.
Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Tim McGinty said at a news conference Friday that the law dictated he not seek charges against the other 12 officers who fired shots that night.
Gang gunfire kills Chicago teacher
A Chicago public school teacher was fatally shot at her second job at a real estate office in what police say was an exchange of gunfire between two groups of alleged gang members.
Betty Howard taught at Gwendolyn Brooks College Prep, and after work with special-needs students, she spent time at a real estate company in Chatham, a middle-class neighborhood on Chicago’s South Side. Family members say she was in the office when she was shot Thursday. Family members said a bullet came through a wall and struck her in the head.
Carney resigns as press secretary
White House press secretary Jay Carney became the news instead of just delivering it Friday, when President Barack Obama unexpectedly interrupted the daily media briefing to announce Carney’s resignation after three and a half years as his primary spokesman.
Obama said it was bittersweet to see his friend Carney step down and announced that principal deputy press secretary Josh Earnest will take over the job. Carney said the transition will take place around mid-June, but Earnest will take his place traveling next week on Obama’s trip to Europe.
Joint effort blocks pot-law tampering
Libertarian-minded and moderate Republicans joined forces early Friday morning with Democrats in an early morning House vote to block the federal government from interfering with states that permit the use of medical marijuana.
Forty-nine Republicans joined all but 17 Democrats who voted in approving a provision to block the Justice Department from interfering with state laws permitting the use, distribution, possession or cultivation of medical marijuana.
Boston bombers’ friend faces probe
A friend of the brothers suspected of bombing the Boston Marathon was accused Friday of obstructing the investigation into the deadly attack by deleting information from his computer and lying to investigators.
The friend, Khairullozhon Matanov, 23, of Quincy, was arrested at his apartment. He later appeared in federal court but entered no plea and was being held until a detention hearing Wednesday.
Syrian bomber was American fighter
The State Department confirmed Friday that a U.S. citizen launched a suicide bombing against Syrian government troops earlier this week in what is believed to be the first time an American has been involved in such attacks since the start of the Syrian civil war.
Opposition forces fighting Syrian President Bashar Assad had earlier claimed that Abu Hurayra al-Amriki was, in fact, an American fighter who carried out a May 25 truck bombing outside a restaurant in the northwestern city of Idlib. Al-Amriki’s nom de guerre is translated from Arabic as Father of Hurayra the American.