CLEVELAND- Some community members say the grand jury verdict in a police chase case from November of 2012 doesn't go far enough and knocks at the community's confidence in police.
Driver Timothy Russell and his front-seat passenger, Malissa Williams were shot to death by Cleveland police after they lead cops on a 20-mile, 22-minute high-speed chase.
The community organization Black on Black Crime held a press conferences after the verdict came down to express their displeasure with the ruling.
"The chief talks about communities coming together... bringing information to them so we can solve some of these homicides," Herbert Stokes with the Black Man's Army tells Channel 3's Hilary Golston. "These types of things… what is this showing the people? What is this showing the people?How can they trust the police?"
The Cuyahoga County Grand Jury brought down two felony manslaughter charges against Officer Michael Brelo. Five supervising officers received two misdemeanor counts each, for Dereliction of Duty.
Brelo's manslaughter charge did not sit well with some members of the organization considering the allegations the patrol officer faces.
"To get on top of a car and not be charged with murder... to shoot down into a car with two unarmed people... had no way to defend themselves.. And they were killed." Judith Martin with Survivors/Victims of Tragedy tells Golston. "Nothing happened. I don't consider being charged with manslaughter anything happening."
Officer Brelo fired 49 shots at Williams and Russell. Prosecutors say officers at the scene stopped firing, however Brelo allegedly started shooting again – firing at least 15 shots, including fatal shots, downward through the windshield into the victims at close range as he stood on the hood of Russell's car.
"I'm disappointed. This was an injustice," Donna Brown tells Golston. "We as the community we will not be silent. We are not satisfied."
The press conference immediately preceded a vigil held for shooting victim Myron Anderson. The 24-year-old was gunned down in an unrelated incident. Organizers say today's ruling makes finding Anderson's killer more difficult, because it engenders more community fear in Cleveland police.