More protesters arrested after Brelo verdict appear in court

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CLEVELAND, Ohio — Four more people arrested during protests following the Officer Michael Brelo ruling appeared in court today.

Julius Bell faces charges after being accused of throwing a sign through an open window of Harry Buffalo on East 4th Street. The sign struck a man, and he lost consciousness.

Two others, Jeremy Brustein and Iris Rozman, are accused of holding on to Bell to block his arrest. Rozman is also accused of striking an officer and resisting officers.

Dewayne Otis was also charged and appeared in court Tuesday.

All four pleaded not guilty to their charges, and their bonds were reduced.

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

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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