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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

City-Run Community Relations Board Twitter Account Asked if Cleveland Should Be Burned Like Baltimore Last Night

Posted By on Tue, Apr 28, 2015 at 11:06 AM

That's just one of the strange, now-deleted posts from the @CRBCleveland account last night, posted as violence and riots were erupting in Baltimore.

@CRBCleveland, if you missed it the last few days, is part of Cleveland's ongoing efforts to engage its residents in a catch-all conversation about police and other issues as the consent decree with the Department of Justice is negotiated and the trial of Cleveland police officer Michael Brelo winds its way to a conclusion.

From the city's official site:

"The time is upon us now that we will write one of the most challenging chapters of recent times here in the City of Cleveland. It is anticipated that the verdict in the case of Patrol Officer Michael Brelo will be reached within the near future. The City of Cleveland recognizes that the conversation surrounding this topic can be tense. However, we must allow conversations to be held and opinions to be expressed, rationally and respectfully. Now is the time that we stand together and hear one another. Now is the time that we stay strong as a community.

The Department of Community Relations wants to hear your thoughts on police and community relations. All thoughts, criticism, and ideas are welcome.

Join in the conversation using #OurCLE and follow @CRBCleveland @CityofCleveland @CLEpolice."

The #ourcle hashtag had problems of its own, as we documented early yesterday, but nothing quite comparable to asking if Cleveland should be burned down. 

The city has not responded to request for comment yet this morning, but councilman Matt Zone was among city officials who voiced displeasure, to put it mildly, with the string of bizarre thoughts last night on Twitter.

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