Saturday, May 23, 2015

Activists continue march for justice after the Michael Brelo acquittal 

Peaceful protests gave way to skirmishes and arrests Saturday, following the acquittal of a Cleveland police officer involved in a deadly 2012 shootout that presented the latest test to a city navigating unprecedented tensions between its citizens and law enforcement.

Mayor Frank Jackson and other city leaders had for weeks prepared for the worst – the possibility of dangerous and damaging riots like those that broke out after other police-community conflicts in Ferguson, Missouri, and, more recently, Baltimore.

For the most part, they got the calm they had urged. Protesters were high on emotion. But in the hours after the verdict, as they moved from the Justice Center and folded into neighborhood demonstrations or resurfaced later in the evening downtown, they remained nonviolent if increasingly disruptive.

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