Court: White Ohio officers' trial can't move to black suburb

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Posted: May 04, 2016 5:22 PM

CLEVELAND (AP) — An Ohio appeals court says five white Cleveland police supervisors accused of failing to stop a chase that ended with officers killing two black suspects can't face charges in the predominantly black suburb where the shooting happened. ( ) reports appeals judges ruled Wednesday that the case needs to be tried in county court in Cleveland, where the supervisors were charged.

The officers first were charged with dereliction of duty in Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH'-guh) County. But the case was moved to East Cleveland, where the lone judge is black and the jury pool would come from a mainly black population.

An attorney for one of the supervisors said the change of venue appeared to be racially motivated.

The East Cleveland prosecutor says residents deserve the chance to have a trial there.