CLEVELAND — Dozens of protesters arrested after the acquittal of a white patrolman charged in the deaths of two unarmed black motorists have been arraigned in court in Cleveland.
Protesters wait to be transported after getting arrested after protesting the acquittal of Cleveland police officer Michael Brelo Saturday, May 23, 2015, in Cleveland. The acquittal came at a time of nationwide tension among police and black citizens punctuated by protests over the deaths of black suspects at the hands of white officers â€” and following a determination by the U.S. Department of Justice that Cleveland police had a history of using excessive force and violating civil rights. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
Fifty-eight people appeared before Cleveland Municipal Court Judge Marilyn Cassidy on Monday morning to be arraigned on misdemeanor charges. Most pleaded no contest to reduced charges and were sentenced to time served. A handful pleaded not guilty.
Cleveland police arrested 71 people on Saturday night after a day of mostly peaceful protests turned more aggressive.
A judge on Saturday found Patrolman Michael Brelo (BREE'-loh) not guilty of voluntary manslaughter in the November 2012 deaths of two unarmed motorists in a 137-shot barrage of police gunfire after a high-speed chase.
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