Yesterday, following the reading of the verdict in the trial of Cleveland Police Officer Michael Brelo, the City of Cleveland saw many demonstrations and protests. It was expected that these demonstrations would remain peaceful and lawful. Daytime protests did remain mainly civil. Officers of the Cleveland Division of Police, along with the support of law enforcement partners, allowed those wishing to demonstrate to do so as long as they did within the boundaries of the law.
“I want to thank those protesters and demonstrators who were responsible in exercising their First Amendment rights,” said Mayor Frank G. Jackson. “As I said yesterday, we encourage and support peaceful protestors. However, we will not tolerate activities that cross the line.”
Today, the Division will continue to monitor demonstrations with the expectation that all will remain peaceful. Further, we invite and encourage the public to come downtown, cheer for our Indians and our Cavs, and enjoy our great city.
View this morning’s press conference here: