In a letter posted on the city of Cleveland’s Facebook page Wednesday, Mayor Frank Jackson says the city has planned and is prepared for any reactions to the verdict of Cleveland Police Officer Michael Brelo.
Brelo is charged with voluntary manslaughter in the deaths of Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams after the deadly police chase and shooting on Nov. 29, 2012. Both were unarmed when they were killed. Brelo’s trial is expected to wrap up by the end of next week.
In recent days, local ministers have called for peace, asking residents to control their emotions in advance.
With the Brelo trial coming to a close, Mayor Frank Jackson issued a statement:
In the wake of the tragic events that unfolded in Baltimore, and bearing in mind the series of police-related matters and legal proceedings currently in process here in Cleveland, I am writing to let you know that the City of Cleveland has been planning and is prepared to address upcoming developments.
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