WASHINGTON, May 26, 2015 — The horrific violence and mass looting that ravaged Ferguson, Mo., and Baltimore did not occur in Cleveland, despite Cleveland Police Officer Michael Brelo’s being found not guilty of voluntary manslaughter in the November 2012 shooting deaths of Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams. The two were killed by a barrage of 137 shots fired by police into their car.
On Saturday, Fox News reported that Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge John O’Donnell said before rendering his verdict that “he would not ‘sacrifice’” officer Brelo to an angry public if the evidence did not merit the conviction.
Local NAACP leaders were among many black leaders who vigorously disagreed with the judge’s verdict but joined Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams and Mayor Frank Jackson in requesting peaceful protest.
As an apparent result of combined community and city cooperation, only 71 people were arrested during demonstrations on Saturday.
But the calm in the city may be the quiet before the storm; Al Sharpton has accepted a request to appear in Cleveland this week to address the judge’s decision.
Can the city, state or nation expect Ferguson or Baltimore-level violence following Sharpton’s Cleveland appearance? This is the question that will be addressed on “Standing at Freedom’s Gate” with host Kevin Fobbs and nationally syndicated radio host Kenneth McClenton.
McClenton, who hosts the Exceptional Conservative Show, formerly served as policy analyst for the DC Financial Authority and ombudsman for the Federal Voting Assistance Program.
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