Uneasy calm in Cleveland after officer acquitted of killings
The streets of Cleveland returned to calm yesterday after police arrested dozens of demonstrators overnight, when protests grew increasingly aggressive in the wake of a patrolman's acquittal in the deaths of two unarmed black suspects.
In total, 71 people were arrested, including several who turned their anger toward bystanders in downtown Cleveland.
Officer Michael Brelo (31) faces administrative charges while remaining suspended without pay after he was found not guilty on two counts of voluntary manslaughter, 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.
Brelo and 12 other officers fired 137 shots at a car with Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams inside it on November 29, 2012. Brelo himself fired 49 shots at the car after a 35km chase.