Clevelander Shana Roberts has never been in court before, even for jury duty. But she is one of a team of volunteers the NAACP will be sending to monitor the legal proceedings and trial in the case of Cleveland Police officer Michael Brelo.

It’s the first time the group has had an organized Court Watch program.

The group wants to make sure the community gets a full and detailed report of how the justice system is performing dealing with the infamous case of a wild police chase and deadly shooting of unarmed suspects Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams.

Roberts was upset by the case when it happened. “It was just totally mind-blowing, outrageous and frightening,” she said.

James Hardiman, co-chair of the NAACP’s Criminal Justice Committee and one of those who pushed for the Court Watch effort, said, “We consider this to be one of most egregious instances of excessive police force in the country… Enough is enough and the community has a right to know the criminal justice system is working or if its not working, they can take appropriate action to fix it.”

Many in the group are angry that Brelo is the only officer facing criminal charges. Hardiman acknowledged many will be upset if he’s not convicted.

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