Police arrested 71 person in Cleveland protests

Police arrested 71 person in Cleveland protests

During one night 71 people were arrested by Cleveland police due to protests that started when an officer wasn’t accused of deaths of an unarmed black man and a woman after a high-speed car chase three years ago.

During one night 71 people were arrested by Cleveland police due to protests that started when an officer wasn’t accused of deaths of an unarmed black man and a woman after a high-speed car chase three years ago.

Firstly the protests were peaceful after the announcing of the verdict on Saturday but the next day people crossed the line when started attacking innocent bystanders, blocking roads and interrupting business at a shopping center, according to Police Chief Calvin Williams.

The fact of using the lethal force against minority groups disturbs people and as a result over the last year protests and occasional violent reaction have spawned around the US because of the deaths of unarmed black men during confrontations with police.

Protests in Cleveland.

Protests in Cleveland

Enough space and a safe environment had been given to people in Cleveland by police for peaceful demonstrations, but there is no place for violence toward people or property, said Williams. He added that protesters started using pepper spray against bystanders, while one of them was arrested for throwing a sign at a human being and another two for interfering when the police moved in. After some demonstrators entered the Tower City Center and became disruptive it shut down for the whole day.

The protest started when Judge John O’Donnell freed the 31-year-old police officer Michael Brelo from charges with the deaths of Malissa Williams and Timothy Russell, who both were black, while Brelo is white.

Brelo was one of the officers who took part in a car chase and later in the gunfire, so the judge decided that his shooting the two was reasonable when he fired a few times through the windshield standing on the hood of their surrounded car. The evidence and testimony from the state trial had been reviewed by FBI and it would be determined if federal action would be taken.

The Cleveland Police Department was accused of excessive use of force against civilians. Brelo’s trial took months after that accusation.

Five other officers from the same case of Williams and Russell’s death  are waiting their trial in July, while dozens of officers have been disciplined since the incident. Families of killed Williams and Russell each got $1.5 million from Cleveland to settle a incorrect death lawsuit. Williams also admitted that Brelo is to remain on unpaid suspension till the moment when police completes its review.

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