Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James is not commenting directly on the acquittal of Cleveland police officer Michael Brelo, but he is expressing hope the city will remain calm.
After a nearly hour-long explanation, Judge John O’Donnell Saturday found Officer Michael Brelo not guilty of all counts in the 2012 deadly chase and shooting of Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams.
LeBron tells reporters that “violence is not the answer, and it’s all about trying to find a solution, for good or for bad.”
Saturday afternoon, neighbors are coming out of storefronts and standing on porches to watch dozens of marchers pass by, almost like a parade.
The protesters are marching about 4 miles from the downtown courthouse to a recreation center where 12-year-old Tamir Rice was shot and killed by a police officer six months ago.
Dozens of officers in police cars and on horseback and motorcycles are following the group while rerouting and blocking traffic.
*For more on the Brelo verdict and to take a look back at the case click here**