Cleveland mayor, police chief thank Cleveland residents for remaining peaceful

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CLEVELAND – Mayor Frank Jackson and Cleveland police chief Calvin Williams thanked Cleveland residents, demonstrators, visitors and officials for remaining peaceful on Sunday after the not guilty verdict for officer Michael Brelo on Saturday.

Demonstrators kept the protests calm, without causing any commotion at the Indians or Cavaliers games.

“As we head into Memorial Day, let us remember those who gave their lives in service for our
freedoms,” said Mayor Jackson. “It is because of these men and women that we can enjoy all that
we are blessed with while continuing productive, open dialogue that ensures we move forward as
One Cleveland working together for the future of our city.”

Brelo had been charged with two counts of voluntary manslaughter for his actions in the November 29, 2012 chase and deadly shooting. Two suspects, Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams were killed after 13 officers fired 137 shots.  Police had thought the suspects were shooting at them.  No gun was found on the suspects.

There are no further press conferences scheduled for the Mayor or Chief Williams going forward.

Read more on officer Brelo HERE**