The City of Cleveland has set up a new procedure to prosecute protesters who are arrested for minor infractions.
The change comes after 71 people were arrested in May 2015. Those arrested were protesting the verdict in the Michael Brelo trial.
Some were detained for days, prompting civil rights attorneys to call for a more streamlined process of prosecuting protesters arrested on minor charges.
“What happened after the Brelo trial can’t and shouldn’t happen again,” said city councilman Zack Reed.
Reed is helping to develop the change in Cleveland.
He says during the Brelo trial protests, he received calls from families of the protesters who were arrested, saying they could not locate their loved ones or get any information on where they were being held.
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