Cleveland police overtime for Michael Brelo verdict cost $1.8 million

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CLEVELAND- Keeping city streets calm before and during protests concerning the acquittal of a city police officer cost taxpayers about $1.8 million.

The money was spent paying city officers’ overtime for about four weeks last spring, when Patrol Officer Michael Brelo was acquitted of manslaughter charges.

Brelo was facing charges for his role in the Nov. 29, 2012 police chase and shooting that killed two suspects.

Protests took place after the verdict was announced. Hundreds took the street and dozens were arrested.

City officials said massive amounts of overtime for police are still bring  paid out to help battle the increased threat of violence.

Continuing coverage of the chase and shooting here