Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club. Because No News is Bad News.

Monday, May 18, 2015

National Lawyer Guild Frustrated By City's 'Peacekeeper' Regalia

Posted By on Mon, May 18, 2015 at 4:08 PM

click to enlarge NLG
  • NLG
Last week, city officials announced that trained peacekeeping leaders will be on the streets whenever the Brelo verdict or the results of the Tamir Rice investigation hit streets (i.e. when the likelihood of civil unrest spikes). Those pacifying forces will be signified by lime-green lanyards. 

The Ohio chapter of the National Lawyer Guild is concerned, though, because their own legal observers will be out among the inevitable protests and clad in lime-green gear, as well. The NLG's Legal Observer program is part of a legal support system aimed at protecting individuals' rights to political expression. 

"The NLG reiterates that its role is entirely distinct from that of the City's volunteers and Marshals and is in no way connected to the City's rapid response strategy," the organization writes. Furthermore, the NLG warns that peacekeeping volunteers are "potentially agents of the [Cleveland Police Department] and the City of Cleveland." 

Tags: , , ,

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Cleveland Scene. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Cleveland Scene, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at

Cleveland Scene works for you, and your support is essential.

Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of Cleveland and beyond.

Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.

Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep Cleveland's true free press free.

Read the Digital Print Issue

April 7, 2020

View more issues


Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.


© 2021 Cleveland Scene: 737 Bolivar Rd., Suite 4100, Cleveland, OH 44115, (216) 505-8199
Logos and trademarks on this site are property of their respective owners.

Website powered by Foundation