Attorney: Cleveland agrees to settle suit by protesters


Associated Press



CLEVELAND — An attorney says Cleveland has agreed to settle a lawsuit by demonstrators arrested while protesting the 2015 acquittal of a police officer in a fatal shooting.

Cleveland.com reports an attorney representing the protesters said Tuesday the city agreed to pay a total of $50,000 to five protesters and a legal observer and be released from any liability.

The six were arrested after Cleveland officer Michael Brelo was acquitted on manslaughter charges in a 2012 shooting. Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams were unarmed and died in a barrage of gunfire when Brelo and other officers fired into Russell’s car after a chase.

The lawsuit said police violated protesters’ constitutional rights, arresting them without cause.

A city spokesman said Tuesday he didn’t have information on a settlement and no immediate comment.

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