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Facts, law in Memphis case similar to Cleveland cop shooting

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By MARK GILLISPIE
Associated Press

CLEVELAND (AP) - The circumstances of a police shooting trial unfolding in Cleveland are similar to a high-speed chase and fatal shooting in Tennessee and the matters of law that will be decided: When does a threat to officers' lives end?

Cleveland patrolman Michael Brelo is on trial on two counts of voluntary manslaughter in the deaths of two unarmed suspects after a high-speed chase in November 2012. Prosecutors must prove to a judge who will be deciding the case that Brelo fired 15 shots into the windshield of the suspects' car when he knew Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams were incapacitated and no longer a threat.

Brelo's attorneys have argued that the threat didn't end until Brelo removed the keys from Russell's car.

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