Cleveland police officer pleads not guilty to negligent homicide

By Kim Palmer Reuters October 18, 2016

“CLEVELAND (Reuters) – An Ohio police officer charged in the death of an unarmed 18-year-old burglary suspect pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to misdemeanor negligent homicide.

Cleveland patrolman Alan Buford, 49, who entered the plea in Cleveland Municipal Court, had been charged with fatally shooting Brandon Jones after the officer and his partner responded to a report of a break-in at a Cleveland convenience store in March 2015. Jones and Buford both are black.

Police said Buford had his gun drawn when he encountered Jones and a struggle ensued. Jones was shot once in the torso and died later that day in the hospital. Cleveland police union officials previously said the shooting was an accident.”


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