Cleveland police officer acquitted in the fatal shooting fired

CLEVELAND – A Cleveland police officer acquitted of a crime costs, in 2015 the fatal shooting of an unarmed teenager after a store break-in has been fired for violating department use-of-force policy.

City officials say 50-year-old Alan Buford was fired Thursday for the use of force “greater than necessary during the incident.”

A judge acquitted Buford of wilful murder in July. Prosecutors say Buford not have had his finger on the trigger of his service weapon because he and his partner were trying to arrest 18-year-old Brandon Jones after the break-in.

Buford’s partner testified at the trial that the shooting was not necessary.

Cleveland Police Patrolmen’s Association President Steve Loomis could not be reached for comment Thursday.

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