Charges filed after sign thrown through Harry Buffalo window injures man during protests

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CLEVELAND– Charges have been filed after a sign was thrown through the window of Harry Buffalo on East 4th St. in Cleveland during protests Saturday following the not guilty verdict in the trial of Cleveland police officer Michael Brelo.

According to court records, Julius Bell picked up a large, heavy sign and threw it through an open window of the restaurant. The sign struck a man and he lost consciousness. Two other people, Jeremy Brustein and Iris Rozman, are accused of holding onto Bell to block his arrest. Rozman is also accused of striking an officer and resisting officers.

Bell is charged with felonious assault and aggravated riot; Brustein and Rozman are charged with aggravated riot.

They will appear in court on Tuesday.

Fifty-six people arrested during Saturday’s protests appeared in court on Monday.

Most were originally charged with failure to disperse, but many pleaded no contest to reduced charges of disorderly conduct. The protesters are also getting credit for time served over the weekend and will not be fined.

The protesters were among those who assembled after the verdict was announced in the trial of Officer Michael Brelo.

Brelo was found not guilty on all charges in connection with his role in the deadly 2012 police chase. He had been charged with two counts of voluntary manslaughter in the deaths of Malissa Williams and Timothy Russell.

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