The City of Cleveland continues to prepare for peaceful protests leading up to and following the trial of Cleveland Police Officer Michael Brelo. Mayor Frank G. Jackson stated that the city is working with citizens and leaders across the community to foster understanding and ensure order and public safety. The verdict may be reached as early as next week and subsequent protests may be spontaneous or unpredictable.
“It is my expectation that protests remain peaceful and do not undermine the progress this community has made in ensuring that all citizens receive the respect they expect and deserve,” said Jackson. “Actions that cross the line – by citizens or police officers – cannot and will not be tolerated. We are all One Cleveland and we want the same thing: peace, dialogue and positive change.”
During these potential protests, the City of Cleveland wants the community at large to:
- Know that people have a right to protest peacefully
- Understand that developments are fluid and situations may change quickly.
- Be cautious and alert, but don’t be paralyzed by fear.
- Avoid situations or areas where you may be concerned about your safety.
- Use common sense, show respect, and remain patient.
Businesses and the community should remain alert to developments and use appropriate judgment. The City will closely monitor conditions and rumors and provide frequent updates as situations warrant.