Cleveland leaders step up conversations on how to deal with possible protests

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CLEVELAND-- Sunday marks one year since the Tamir Rice shooting. While the investigation continues, city and police leaders are stepping up conversations on how to deal with possible protests. They are trying to avoid a repeat of the problems that followed the not guilty verdict in the Michael Brelo trial.

There were some problems handling protesters after the Brelo decision. Dozens of men and women who were protesting the verdict last May were held over the Memorial Day Weekend without being charged or given the opportunity to post bond. And, while there's a policy in place already, those city leaders are looking at tweaking it to make sure all bases are touched.

Cleveland Councilman Zack Reed met Tuesday evening with representatives from the court, the Cleveland Police Department and the NAACP. "If people commit crimes they should be arrested,” said Reed, “But they should still have the right to be charged, get bond and be able to post that bond.”

Reed told Fox8’s Lorrie Taylor a person who’s been arrested cannot post bond unless they’ve been charged.

“What happened during the Brelo trial, in my opinion, was we weren't charging those individuals so we could keep those individuals in jail so they wouldn't come back on the streets to protest,” said Reed.

There will be another meeting with with more key pieces in the law enforcement process coming up next month. This is not just in preparation for whatever comes out of the Tamir Rice investigation; there will be protests during the Republican National Convention next summer, too.