Michael Brelo Pleads No Contest in Summer Attack on His Brother

Cleveland.com reports that Michael Brelo has entered a no-contest plea in Rocky River Municipal Court for an attack on his brother in Bay Village in May.

The altercation occurred four days after Brelo was acquitted of all charges in the shooting deaths of Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams, an acquittal that resulted in days of protesting in Cleveland's streets.

Brelo and his brother Mark were both originally charged with assault for the May incident. It's unknown what caused the ruckus, but police were called when a shirtless Mark Brelo started banging on neighbors' doors and telling them to call the police.

Mark was pretty banged up at the time, having been struck repeatedly in the head, face and body, according to the original complaint.  

Cleveland.com reports that Michael Brelo agreed to plead no contest to a reduced charge of persistent disorderly conduct. He'll be on the hook for $125 and court costs, but that appears to be it.

Mark Brelo's trial is set to begin January 11.

In related news, Michael Brelo evidently wants to return to the Cleveland police and "continue his career," according to Cleveland Police Patrolmen's Association President Steve Loomis.

Brelo's still on unpaid leave as the Cleveland police honchos ponder disciplinary action. 

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Sam Allard

Sam Allard is the Senior Writer at Scene, in which capacity he covers politics and power and writes about movies when time permits. He's a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and the NEOMFA at Cleveland State. Prior to joining Scene, he was encamped in Sarajevo, Bosnia, on an...
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