Local pastors stand together for calm as Brelo trial wraps up

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CLEVELAND - Local pastors say there are now plans in place to keep the peace as the Michael Brelo case comes closer to an end.

**Continuing coverage of the Michael Brelo trial here**

At least 15 different pastors, along with the National President of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, stood united Tuesday afternoon at the Greater Abyssinia Baptist Church in Cleveland.

"I'm here to go back to Atlanta to let them know that Cleveland is ready.  That we aren't going to have any violence here," said Charles Steele, a national specialist on non-violence.

Steele met with the pastors to keep the calm and promote a network of peace throughout the city.

"We know that people will continue to protest and fight for advocacy.  We just encouraging them to do it non-violently," said Bishop Tony Minor with the Community of Faith Assembly.

Bishop Minor says the clergy is teaming up to stop the violence.

"We just announced today the formation of conflict resolution centers that will be established in churches and schools, we hope in the next 30 days," said Bishop Minor.

And with the recent protests in Baltimore, concerns are only heightened as the Michael Brelo case here in Cleveland nears a verdict.

"Depending on the verdict, we don't know how people will react.  But we have a plan in place that includes churches will be open for people to come in for comfort and conversation.  And the main thing is to talk to people," said Bishop Minor.