Ac­quit­ted cop cited in brawl

Los Angeles Times - - THE NATION - — Chris­tine Mai-Duc

Four days af­ter be­ing ac­quit­ted in the shoot­ing deaths of two un­armed peo­ple, Cleve­land Po­lice Of­fi­cer Michael Brelo was in­volved in a vi­o­lent fight with his brother, court doc­u­ments show.

Brelo, 31, and his twin brother, Mark, had been drink­ing at Brelo’s home about 4:30 a.m. on May 27, po­lice say, when they got into a fight.

The broth­ers be­gan “strik­ing/punch­ing” each other, ac­cord­ing to records filed with the Rocky River Mu­nic­i­pal Court.

Po­lice say Mark Brelo was ar­rested on sus­pi­cion of in­tox­i­ca­tion.

A mis­de­meanor ci­ta­tion for dis­or­derly con­duct says he was knock­ing on sev­eral doors in the neigh­bor­hood and “wear­ing only cargo shorts and car­ry­ing one shoe.”

On May 23, a judge found Michael Brelo not guilty in the shoot­ing deaths of Ti­mothy Rus­sell and Malissa Wil­liams, who were un­armed when the po­lice of­fi­cer jumped on the hood of their au­to­mo­bile af­ter a wild car chase and fired 15 times at point-blank range.

Of the 137 rounds fired by po­lice dur­ing the chase, Michael Brelo shot 49.

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