Michael Brelo, brother face charges after fight

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BAY VILLAGE, Ohio- The Cleveland police officer acquitted on manslaughter charges for the 2012 deadly police chase and shooting is wanted for assault.

Michael Brelo and his brother, Mark, are charged with one count each of misdemeanor assault for the incident on May 27 in Bay Village.  Mark also faces a misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct.

Both men voluntarily surrendered to Bay Village police on Wednesday. They were processed and released, with court appearances scheduled for June 10.

Mark Brelo (left) and Michael Brelo. (Photo: Bay Village Police Department)
Mark Brelo (left) and Michael Brelo. (Photo: Bay Village Police Department)

According to the police department, the men, who had been drinking, got into a physical fight at Michael’s house. Court documents said both Brelos suffered visible injuries.

Cleveland Police Union President Steve Loomis said Michael Brelo wanted his brother out of his house and a fight broke out.

“The incident between the Brelo brothers was thoroughly investigated and reviewed with the city prosecutor. Based on the facts, it was determined that assault charges against both were appropriate and warranted. This determination was made independent of the criminal court case involving Michael Brelo,” Bay Village Police Chief Mark Spaetzel said in a news release on Wednesday.

Paul Brelo, Michael and Mark’s father, told Fox 8 News he is still trying to sort things out and he’s disappointed.

On May 23, Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge John O’Donnell found Michael Brelo not guilty on two counts of voluntary manslaughter for the deaths of Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams. Prosecutors said Brelo acted unreasonably when he fired 49 shots into Russell’s car following a 22-minute chase through the city of Cleveland.

The Cleveland Division of Police released the following statement:

“Officer Brelo is still on unpaid leave. The Division of Police is aware of Mr. Brelos current charge and the integrity control section will monitor this pending case.”

Continuing coverage here.

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