New plan to keep the peace when verdict is reached in Brelo trial

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CLEVELAND -- The City of Cleveland has a new plan to keep the peace in case of any unrest after the verdict in the manslaughter trial of Cleveland Police Officer Michael Brelo.

Cleveland Police Officer Michael Brelo listens to closing arguments in his trial on May 5, 2015.

Cleveland Police Officer Michael Brelo listens to closing arguments in his trial on May 5, 2015.

It won’t be just the police out in the community if disturbances happen during demonstrations.  Citizen volunteers are getting ready to work calm in the streets, too.

City and community volunteers gathered Monday at the Zelma George Recreation Center to discuss strategies in the event future protests become violent.

The group has been meeting for about a week and about 100 volunteers, including members of Cleveland’s Peacemaker Alliance, will be monitoring any demonstrations.

Many city leaders are worried about possible riots, like the ones that happened in Baltimore, once the verdict in Officer Michael Brelo’s ruling is announced.

Brelo is facing two counts of manslaughter for his role in the November 29, 2012 chase and shooting that left two unarmed people dead. The ruling could come at any time.

“It’s extremely important to us to make sure our city stays calm in the midst of what could happen based on the Brelo ruling,” said Rev. Jimmy Gates.

The group will meet again Tuesday.

*Continuing coverage of the Brelo trial here*