OH Cop Acquitted in Shooting Deaths

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(CNN) Tempers flared outside a Cleveland courthouse after a police officer was found not guilty of killing two unarmed people.

Protesters were seen pushing officers in an effort to get inside the courthouse; police kept them at bay.

Cleveland police officer, Michael Brelo, was facing up to 25 years in prison for the 2012 deaths of Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams.

It started when the car, driven by Russell, backfired--officers thought the noise was caused by gunshots. A 22-mile police chase ensued and ended with Russell and Williams dead.

Officer Brelo stood on the hood of the suspects' car and fired 15 shots into the vehicle, after 12 other officer had stopped shooting at the car.

Brelo was also found not guilty of two lesser-included counts of felonious assault.

He will remain on unpaid suspension until a review committee completes its investigation of him and 12 other officers involved in the fatal shooting.