Protesters who were arrested after the acquittal of patrolman Michael Brelo will be arraigned on Monday, despite the Memorial Day holiday.
Cleveland Municipal Court officials tell Cleveland.com (http://bit.ly/1dsu6HP ) that Judge Marilyn Cassidy will hold arraignments at 9 a.m. Monday. The court is usually closed on Memorial Day. It wasn’t clear how many will be charged; police arrested 71 people on Saturday after angry but mostly orderly protests following the verdict.
Brelo, who is white, was acquitted in the November deaths of two unarmed black motorists in a barrage of police gunfire.
The attorney for the family of Tamir Rice, the 12-year-old boy holding a pellet gun who was fatally shot by a rookie Cleveland patrolman, says he understood the judge’s legal analysis in acquitting patrolman Michael Brelo, but wondered it prosecutors could have better served justice by pursuing a charge other than voluntary manslaughter. Walter Madison also said Sunday that he would prefer that an independent prosecutor instead of the Cuyahoga County prosecutor’s office review an investigation into Tamir’s death.
Gov. John Kasich has praised the mostly peaceful protests following the acquittal of a white patrolman charged in the deaths of two unarmed black motorists in a barrage of police gunfire.
Kasich said Sunday on ABC’s “This Week” that people in Cleveland should be proud and that their response should serve as a model for the nation.
Kasich said “the verdict is the verdict” when asked whether patrolman Michael Brelo’s acquittal on voluntary manslaughter charges was just.
Kasich says people dispirited by Saturday’s decision have a right to protest, but also said “God bless the people” for keeping their protests peaceful.
Police say 71 people were arrested Saturday night after a day of mostly peaceful protests turned more aggressive.
Officials say some protesters angry over the acquittal of a police officer charged in the deaths of two unarmed suspects became violent and turned on bystanders, including some who pepper-sprayed patrons sitting at outdoor cafes downtown.
Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams says 71 people were arrested Saturday night after a day of mostly peaceful protests turned more aggressive.
Williams said Sunday at a news conference with Mayor Frank Jackson that another protester threw a restaurant sign at a patron, striking him in the head. He says bystanders were also accosted in at least one other instance.
Jackson thanked the majority of protesters who remained respectful. He says the police will continue to help demonstrators exercise their First Amendment rights but warned the city will not tolerate any protesters who cross the line into violence.
The streets of Cleveland have largely remained calm on the morning after police made numerous arrests of protesters angered by the acquittal of a police officer charged in the deaths of two unarmed suspects.
Angry but mostly orderly protests followed Saturday’s verdict in the case of patrolman Michael Brelo. Police say some demonstrators became unruly and refused to disperse after night fell, but the protests avoided to kind of violence seen after police killings in Baltimore, New York City and Ferguson, Missouri.
Brelo now faces administrative charges while remaining suspended without pay, but he no longer faces the prospect of prison.
The anxious city now awaits a decision on criminal charges against a white officer in the fatal shooting of a black 12-year-old boy with a pellet gun.
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