Officer acquitted in Cleveland fatal shootings charged with assault
The Cleveland police officer who was recently acquitted of manslaughter charges following a deadly police chase is now wanted for assault.
Michael Brelo, 31, and his brother, Mark, were allegedly intoxicated, according to court documents, when they went around knocking on Bay Village doors at around 4:30 a.m. Both brothers had visible injuries and had, according to the Rocky River Municipal Court, punched each other.
Their father, Paul Brelo, said that he was disappointed in the two boys but insisted that the altercation was just a fight between two brothers. Michael is expected to turn himself over to police.
Watch a full report on the Officer Michael Brelo’s assault charges below:
The altercation and subsequent misdemeanor assault charges against both of the brothers come after Michael Brelo was found not guilty by Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge John O’Donnell on two counts of voluntary manslaughter in the case of the deaths of Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams.
The judge ruled on May 23 that Brelo had no acted unreasonably, as prosecutors insisted, when he fired 49 shots into Russell’s car. The shots were fired after a police chase through Cleveland that lasted for 22 minutes.
The Cleveland Division of Police released the following statement concerning the new charges:
Officer Brelo is still on unpaid leave. The Division of Police is aware of Mr. Brelos current charge and the integrity control section will monitor this pending case.