“137 Shots”, by Dana Zurzolo. Mixed media, 200″ x 96″ 2016.   (photo by Louise Dequilla)

137 SHOTS: On November 29, 2012 

Timothy Russell, 43, and Malissa Williams, 30, were in a police chase in Cleveland, Ohio. It began when officers mistook the sound of a backfiring car for gunshots. Over 60 police vehicles and 22 miles, at speeds reaching 100 miles per hour,pursued the car ending with thirteen officers discharging 137 rounds into the Malibu Chevy. No weapons were found on their persons or anywhere along the route they had traveled.

Officer Michael Brelo fired 49 shots into the car. He slugged at least 15 of his shots at point-blank range through the windshield, after he had climbed onto the hood of the car.

Judge John O’Donnell said he can’t prove Officer Brelo shot the fatal bullets, since 12 other officers also had opened fire. The officer was acquitted. He is free.

Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams are dead.

beth-alison-and-danaContestants playing  the Gun Etiquette Game Show developed by Dana Zurzolo, right.(photo by Louise Dequilla)